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Cape Fear Museum
814 Market St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

(910) 798-4350

History, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region, from prehistory to the present, delight all ages at Cape Fear Museum.

Established in 1898, this oldest history museum in North Carolina greets visitors with a 20-foot-tall giant ground sloth skeleton. A miniature re-creation of the second battle of Fort Fisher and a remarkable scale model of Civil War Wilmington's waterfront are of special interest. Learn all about Wilmington's most famous basketballer, NBA legend Michael Jordan, before entering the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery - an interactive science exhibit for the entire family. The Discovery Gallery includes a giant, crawl-through beaver lodge, Pleistocene-era fossils and an entertaining Venus flytrap model you can feed with stuffed "bugs." Children's activities, special events and acclaimed touring exhibits help make Cape Fear Museum not only one of the primary repositories of local lore but also a place where learning is fun.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 1 to 5 PM. During the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day), the museum is also open Mondays from 9 AM to 5 PM. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with valid ID, $6 special military rate with valid military ID, and $4 for children ages 3 through 17. Children younger than 3 and Cape Fear Museum members are admitted free. Admission is free to all New Hanover County residents on the first Sunday of each month. For group rates, call (910) 798-4362. Cape Fear Museum is disabled accessible, and it offers an interesting, well-stocked museum store.

 

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