Discover local history, science, and cultures at the Cape Fear Museum in downtown Wilmington! This app offers up-to-date museum information, including: hours & tickets, driving directions, support & membership info, current exhibits, events, & educational programs, and news about the Museum. Colorful pictures guarantee this app will delight, as well as inform. Connect to the Cape Fear Museum with our app, and then come visit us! Open year-round, the Museum is located at 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC.
BROWSE THE COLLECTIONS — See artifacts that illuminate the history of childhood, education, labor, business, leisure, travel, military activity, household experiences, commerce, religion, and agricultural activities.
LEARN ABOUT MUSEUM PROGRAMS — Our Programs offer families, teachers and students, and adults a way to explore specific topics through hands-on investigations and immersive experiences on-site at Cape Fear Museum.
GET INVOLVED — Volunteering, membership, donation, and corporate sponsorship are all great ways to support the educational mission of the Cape FearMuseum. Your support helps preserve the Museum’s 52,000 artifacts and enhances our ability to serve our community and visitors. Learn more about how you can help!
MUSEUM STORE & SIMMONS BOAT PLANS — Open Friday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM and Sunday, 2 – 5 PM, the Cape Fear Museum Store offers an array of items including books, educational toys and games, pottery, jewelry and apparel. The Museum Store is not simply a gift shop, it is an extension of the Museum’s mission of education. For information about the Store, call 910-798-4366.
Cape Fear Museum Store is the only source for T.N. Simmons’ Sea-Skiff plans. Full plans are available at the Museum Shop for the 18-, 20- and 22-foot boats.
ABOUT THE CAPE FEAR MUSEUM — Founded in 1898, the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is the oldest history museum in North Carolina. Cape FearMuseum collects, preserves and interprets objects relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear. The Museum makes those objects and their interpretation available to the public through educational exhibitions and programs.
The oldest items in the collection are Native American artifacts from the Archaic period (8000 BCE to 1000 BCE). The bulk of the collection spans the 17th through 21st centuries, with a heavy concentration in the 20th century. It includes historical photographs and documents as well as three dimensional artifacts such as furniture, tools, clothing, and toys.
Cape Fear Museum is a department of New Hanover County and receives legislative funds through the N.C. Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative.
MUSEUM HOURS — The Cape Fear Museum is open year-round from 9 AM – 5 PM, Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 PM – 5 PM on Sundays. From May to September, the Museum is also open on Mondays, 9 AM – 5 PM.
ADMISSION FEES — $8 – Adults; $7 – Seniors, College students, Military; $5 – Youth (6-17); Free – Children 5 and under and Cape Fear Museum members. The first Sunday of every month is free for New Hanover County residents. Visa, MasterCard and Discover accepted. For group rates, call (910) 798-4362.
CONTACT US — The app gives you access to “Contact Us” form, and a staff directory. You may also call the Cape Fear Museum at 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382.