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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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9:00 am - 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...
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We more-or-less stumbled on to this museum when we found that the Bellamy Mansion was closed on Mondays, and we went in to beat the heat on the assumption that it was just a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

We more-or-less stumbled on to this museum when we found that the Bellamy Mansion was closed on Mondays, and we went in to beat the heat on the assumption that it was just a little local history display. To our delight, this museum was far more extensive and really well done than we ever imagined. There was a nice mixture... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Lots of interesting items and information. Very clean and tidy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We got there 20 minutes to closing and was able to see some parts of the display. It was very interesting. My middle school age son, my husband and I finally agreed on something. We all liked it. We will come early next time we are in town. I actually learned that the bird in my backyard was a mourning... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It was at least 95 outside and it was so hot walking around. We saw this museum and thought why not check it out. It was well worth it. very roomy with lots of history inside. The exibits were well thought out and very clean. The upstairs has an interactive area on board a ship the kids loved. Will go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a Wilmington must for all ages. Rarely are museums set up to hold the attention of all ages but this gem gets the job done. What a joy, from the staff that greets you to the dinosaur fossil at he end. It tells the history of the Cape Fear Basin with interactive exhibits that you can actually touch.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The Cape Fear Museum provides a graphic presentation of the area's history and development. We found the exhibits to be relevant, educational, and well done. Depending upon how much time you have available, you could spend as much as two to three hours viewing the exhibits; unfortunately, our time was limited and we only spent a little more than an... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

In the midst of construction, this museum managed to pull off a diverse group of displays. Clearly produced with a school-aged audience, the subjects also addressed an older visitors interest. Who knew that Wilmington held such a command of colonial history?

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Great alternative if your kids are too old for the Children's Museum in Wilmington (which is great too). Interesting and well presented exhibits, plus some hands on stuff for the kids, especially about the history of the area. Just the right size to get through in 1-2 hours. Every time we're in Wilmington, the kids want to come back. Great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Easy to navigate, helpful staff, interesting exhibits. Looking forward to the new area being developed

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This museum is geared for older kids in my opinion. There is so much real history and items of interest. Our little ones just were too young but the adults loved it !

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Additional Information about Cape Fear Museum

Address: 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910-798-4350
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Wilmington
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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