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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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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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All Kinds of History of the Lower Cape Fear Area

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Kirkintilloch, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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116 reviews 116 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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111 reviews 111 reviews
42 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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178 reviews 178 reviews
58 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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164 reviews 164 reviews
80 attraction reviews
279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

This museum is located on Market street a few blocks east of the historic district. I originally wasn't planning on this being one of my first stops in Wilmington, but I am glad I did. There is a lot of reading at this museum. So bring glasses if you need them. The museum does a really good job of describing... More 

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50 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

Had time to kill on a Sunday afternoon after touring houses and stopped in museum. It was a great museum with a lot of history and exhibits. They were having a seashell show while we were there ,so it was interesting to see shells we have never seen before .

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Durham, North Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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