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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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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Proud to be a local!

Every NHC resident should visit here at least every few years. There is a free day each month, the exhibits change, and there is so much info on our great, great region. Fun for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
KindredSpirit07
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North Carolina
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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122 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

1. My Background/Expectations. This is my second visit to the museum; my first visit was in 1997 before Trip Advisor was around. As a retired U.S. Marine Corps Infantry Officer, I have lived near Camp Lejeune for some time and I tend to be somewhat jaded and not appreciate all of the nice nearby attractions like this since they are... More 

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North Carolina
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126 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every NHC resident should visit here at least every few years. There is a free day each month, the exhibits change, and there is so much info on our great, great region. Fun for all ages!

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Thank KindredSpirit07
Golden, Colorado, USA
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

This is a great not-so-little local museum. We went mainly to see the Fort Fisher (Civil War battle) exhibit, but found a lot more. A great slice-of-life view of coastal North Carolina.

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1 Thank rollingstoneman
Wilmington, North Carolina
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The Cape Fear Museum appeals to all ages from children to seniors. There's not a better place to visit if you want to learn about the Cape Fear region and Wilmington. The museum will introduce you to the areas' history as well as our claim to the famous like Michael Jordan, the greatest basketball player ever! Not to mention he's... More 

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Thank Margaret B
Mission Viejo, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

If you like history this is the place to go in Wilmington! It contains the history of Wilmington from before it was a city until current times.

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Thank HoJoCA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

I was in town for a conference and visited one morning. It's a basic overview of the history of settling the area to present day. My favorite part featured photos from local photographers and donated pictures that had been developed but never picked up. Also, there's a fossil of a giant land sloth that's fascinating

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1 Thank Haley G
South Carolina
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Cape Fear Museum is a real treasure. I truly was impressed by the quality of this local museum. The facility is well-maintained, the staff are friendly and enthusiastic, and the displays are very well done. Angela, who greeted us as we entered, was a delight. The museum covers the history of the Cape Fear region. You can easily spend two... More 

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Thank Penny0316
Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Truly a gem in Wilmington, NC. The visit will take about 2-3 hours depending upon how much history and special facts you care to absorb. The paid staff, as well as, the volunteers are all friendly and knowledgeable. Every 90 days they will change their display upstairs with a new and historic item(s) along with Saturday learning classes for children... More 

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Thank boxes32
Dundalk, Maryland
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

While my daughter was at camp, my husband, son and myself headed to the Cape Fear Museum for the afternoon. It was nice because they are a reciprocal museum with our local science museum so our membership got us in for free. Nice exhibits and it was great to learn about someplace new. Loved the jukebox!

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Thank 687KimN
Newport News, Virginia
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Also a don't-miss if you come to Wilmington. 814 Market St., $8, Mon-Sat, 9-5. Well put-together exhibits detailing the area's early history through the present day. Rise and fall of pine tar production for Naval stores on Eagle Island; rise and fall of rice production. Blockade running during the Civil War. Education and civil rights. Very well done little local... More 

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