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Cape Fear Museum

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Address: 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-798-4350
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery...
The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery.
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A nice museum. Good variety of exhibits. Well kept. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I did come away with Two gripes: 1) They are severely understaffed. The only employee we saw the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Rose Hill, North Carolina
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Rose Hill, North Carolina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
34 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

A nice museum. Good variety of exhibits. Well kept. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. I did come away with Two gripes: 1) They are severely understaffed. The only employee we saw the whole time was the very nice lady at the front. She was spectacular. But no one really around to answer questions and the gift shop/bookstore was not even open.... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My wife and I visited the Cape fear Museum and spent about an hour learning about the history of the Historic Harbor Town of Wilmington. It was $8 per person to enter. The tour takes your through the rich history of the port. There's a huge display of what the waterfront would have looked like during colonial times. There are... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Really nice museum to learn about Cape Fear area and its development history, and also to learn how critical this area was during Civil War. And of course, it was really nice to see the small collection of Michael Jordan's connection to Wilmington NC!

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Frederick
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265 attraction reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We popped in here since it was open and close to where the hotel was. The admission was a scant $7 and we had about an hour that day to see it. Luckily we move fast through most places so this was a no brainer. This museum gives a comprehensive nautical and weather history for the area and was very... More 

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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Our family LOVED the Cape Fear Museum. Perfect for any age. Wonderfully informative and interesting. Staff was friendly. Inexpensive must do!

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Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Cape Fear Museum has something for everyone from a display about Wilmington native and basketball legend, Michael Jordan to a model of the Battle for Fort Fisher in the Civil War. Other exhibits cover the history of childhood, education, labor, business, leisure, travel, military activity, household experiences, commerce, religion, and agricultural activities in the Lower Cape Fear area.

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Florence, South Carolina
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I expected a small local museum with limited displays, but was quite pleased to find it a mixed blend of local culture, items of scientific interest, and hands on displays for children. It is well worth a visit.

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Wilmington, NC USA
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The Boat exhibit is fantastic , grandsons had fun trying all of the pulleys and other items in the exhibit.

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Apex, North Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I was not expecting to pay $8 per adult to enter the museum. The museum was "ok" however not worth $8 per adult. It did not hold my interest, as other museums have. The video should be on display as an artifact itself due to the picture quality and poor sound. If it had been a free museum maybe I... More 

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Dublin Ireland
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179 reviews 179 reviews
58 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

This is a must visit on your trip to Wilmington. I never knew how tar was made until today or see how primitive society was in the 20th century in Southern States. I read about the Wilmington 10 which is sad that these injustices happened so recently. There are positives too and the city is now a totally different and... More 

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