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Cape Fear Museum

814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
910-798-4350
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Ranked #10 of 39 Attractions in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Children's Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The state's oldest history museum now houses the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery.
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Durham, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Learning about regional history, the origin of the "Cape Fear" name, and a bit of science made for a pleasant afternoon during our week in Wilmington. This downtown attraction has a reasonable admission fee and free parking in their lot. The Museum is accessible, with an elevator and a free wheelchair and stroller available for visitor use. Some exhibits have... More

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King George, Virginia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Nice mix of history and science. Good location a few blocks from the river. There was a small travelling space exhibit when we went; the permanent exhibits are a life science exhibit on animals in the area, and a large section on the history of the region. My 8 and 10 year old boys enjoyed it.

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I got the information what were going on in the past. it's like we go to a century wat back. the museum has two floor and just enough space to explain what was going on in the past

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We strolled in to this museum during a rainy day of our vacation. There are hands on kids displays and a lot of historical info for the adults. Also, check their website, because the day we were there happened to be a 'free admission' day. A welcomed surprise.

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Cary, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a good museum to visit to obtain an overview of the local history. It chronicles the history starting with the indigenous Native American people and the European Immigration. It does not gloss over the painful eras of the civil war and segregation.

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Indian Trail, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This place is amazing. 10,000 years of history of the Cape Fear region. There is so much to look at and read. The exhibits were engaging for me and my wife as well as our 2 small boys (4 and 2). There was puzzles, touching, guessing, even SMELLING exhibits.

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Chicago, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

After reading the reviews we decided to take a break from the beach and head to the museum! The kids (ages 16,8) really enjoyed the big chalk boards and they played school for a half hour while my husband and I read about the history of Wilmington.. The kids also loved the old juke box! We spent about 2 hours... More

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Norridgewock, Maine
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Learned a lot about the Cape Fear area and history. Didn't have time to see it all, will go back. The building was quite cold (too much air conditioning) for the two females in our group, so take a sweater. My favorite exhibit was a plexiglass container with pine tar in it. You could move a rod up and down... More

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New Paltz, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

As a visiting "Northerner" (as I am referred to here) it was very interesting to walk back in time and read about the history of the Wilmington area. There is a lot for people of all ages, yet I was disappointed by the ecology and space exhibits as they were definitely more child-oriented (I am also a biologist, so when... More

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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

A very eclectic mix of stuff. Some to keep anyone from 3-300 interested. Would definitely go back. Very very informative.

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