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Cape Fear Museum

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Address: 814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4731
Phone Number: 19107984350
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Exploring the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region....

Exploring the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region. Founded in 1898.

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Well curated and fact filled museum of the area, with plenty of artifacts to see

While we didn't seek out this museum when we were in Wilmington for a wedding, we used our free time to explore it. Very well worth our time and a few bucks to learn about the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Joel F
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While we didn't seek out this museum when we were in Wilmington for a wedding, we used our free time to explore it. Very well worth our time and a few bucks to learn about the rich and long history of the Cape Fear region. There is plenty to see for all ages and even a few special interest items... More 

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Outer Banks, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Good coverage of Cape Fear all the way from prehistory to modern times. Worth the entry price of $7.

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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Miami, Florida
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53 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice little museum with lots of interesting things. Had lots of interactive activity for kids of all age groups. Able to see all in 2-3 hours.

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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

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London, United Kingdom
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66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The skeleton of the Giant Sloth that was dug up locally greats you. There are lots of interactive things for kids of all ages. Interesting history of the racial divide.

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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for your feedback. More 

Jefferson, North Carolina
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best part of the exhibits were the room about the 1898 Revolt in Wilmington. I am betting almost all guests have never heard about it- sadly it is in the back on the 2nd floor- not in the front on either floor so we watched as many never entered. A good way to spend 2-3 hours and we would go... More 

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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We've worked hard to update the reconstruction timeline and better interpret the events of 1898. More 

Lexington, South Carolina
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A unique little museum. Had a lot of stuff and interesting facts in a little space. They were featuring a "Film" display on all of the movies that had been filmed in Cape Fear. Was disappointed that nothing was mentioned about the actual Cape Fear movies that have been made. Worth the $8 admission.

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Thank Pimanee
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and taking time to provide feedback. Interestingly, the two Cape Fear movies were not filmed in this region - which causes confusion! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not much in there for MUSEUMS standards, but kids like it so if you have kids, they may find fun things to do here.

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A film and historical museum for all ages. Showing the beginning of the area. Worth the effort to see and enjoy.

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Thank Philip P
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole reason we went to the museum was to check out the film exhibit, but we were pleasantly surprised by the rest of the museum. It describes the history of Wilmington and the Cape Fear coast, but not overly in detail. It's fairly interactive for younger kids. The layout flows very well transitioning from topic to topic. Discounts are... More 

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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for taking the time to give us a review! More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has so much to offer people of all ages - toddlers to adults. Star Party, Spooktacular, and Mystery at the Museum are but a few of the really awesome events for children. Great lectures for adults. Never get tired of visiting the giant sloth on display!

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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. We enjoy hosting events as much as you enjoy attending them! More 

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