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Cape Fear Museum

814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
910-798-4350
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Ranked #9 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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Denpasar, Indonesia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 review
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This museum is jam packed with very informative and neat stuff for all ages to look at and enjoy! We learned a lot and this is a great family place to spend an afternoon at.

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VA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We really enjoyed this place. We learned a lot and they had some really neat things for younger kids.

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