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Cape Fear Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Very Fun and improved over the years

The first thing we were amazed to learn is giant Sloth skeleton was extracted from Randall parkway... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
carolinagirl103
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Well done exhibits os history of the area in part of the museum. Science & children’s museum-type... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Exploring the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region. Founded in 1898. Summer Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 AM-5 PM Sunday: 1-5 PM.
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401-4731
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+1 910-798-4350
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The first thing we were amazed to learn is giant Sloth skeleton was extracted from Randall parkway upon building the road. They have a replica of the skeleton on display. The musuem does have a kid friendly area that they will love. My toddlers had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank carolinagirl103
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and so happy you enjoyed the Museum! Come back again soon as we have different planetarium films each month.

Reviewed 1 week ago

Well done exhibits os history of the area in part of the museum. Science & children’s museum-type exhibits inr the rest of the building

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mary D
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for stopping in and we are happy you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum was okay, but nothing special. It was designed more for kids with interactive displays. The best part was the ground sloth skeleton right at the front entry. Don't get me wrong, it had a lot of history and was full of well made...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Janet W
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting. We have a lot coming up in the spring/summer of 2019 so hope you will plan another visit to see what's new.

Reviewed 29 December 2018

The Cape Fear Museum is an excellent small museum for Wilmington. From the parking lot, you walk through a small nature preserve — well, a city lot with grasses and flowers — and learn a lesson on what plants are native: the Azelea, *the* flower...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Weyden
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 January 2019

Thank you for the review and we are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 9 December 2018

We had company revisit and we've never been here before. Right now, they've had some Hurricane Florence damage and are not charging admission. They will again in January. I liked seeing the Camera exhibit, the space capsule exhibit and the Williston Academy for African-American students...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Donna C
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 December 2018

Thank you for coming and we are happy you enjoyed the visit!

Reviewed 9 September 2018

A well-laid out, chronological history of the Wilmington area. There are quite a few hands-on areas that are great for all ages. The museum is small enough to enjoy the whole thing in an hour or so. Very nicely done!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank KarlaMKB
CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you for visiting and happy to hear you enjoyed the Museum!

Reviewed 16 August 2018

The Cape Fear Museum near Historic downtown Wilmington is a very interesting and well presented overview of the history, ecology, industry and people of the Cape Fear River/Wilmington area. It's relatively small, but comprehensive and the presentations are very insightful (& without a political agenda)...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you for visiting and so happy you enjoyed the Museum!

Reviewed 11 August 2018

The museum has a bit of something for everyone - starting with the "creatures" that inhabited the Cape Fear/Wilmington area before "humans" arrived from across the pond; to the Revolutionary War and the part it played, to the Civil War and the importance of the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2018

Thank you for visiting and so glad you enjoyed the museum!

Reviewed 27 July 2018

Lots of history about the area, plus a small science museum downstairs, and a children's play area. The whole museum is very interactive to keep all ages entertained. Adults will enjoy learning about war history, culture, and racial history of the area. This was a...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2018

Thank you for visiting and happy you enjoyed your museum experience!

Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

This museum is great for children and adults. It is a very well loved and taken care of museum. You will learn lots of history by stopping by. Highly recommended making time during your vacation. 📷

Date of experience: July 2018
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CapeFearMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Cape Fear Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 July 2018

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to the Museum! Thank you for the excellent review.

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kenwhitt1
19 April 2017|
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Response from CapeFearMuseum | Property representative |
Hi there! Please contact us regarding field trips, group rates, etc. 910-798-4362 or visit the programs page on our website. Look forward to seeing you!
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Justin M
12 March 2017|
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Response from CapeFearMuseum | Property representative |
Yes, items from Dawson's Creek are on view in our Starring Cape Fear! exhibit, which is open through October 1, 2017.
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Daria275
7 March 2016|
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Response from stewartb40 | Reviewed this property |
Daria275, yes there is, as per my earlier review, reprinted here for your convenience. "...814 Market St., $8, Mon-Sat, 9-5. Well put-together exhibits detailing the area's early history through the present day. Rise and... More
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