Visitor Info

Museum Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Open Mondays Memorial Day (May) to Labor Day (September).


  • Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Sunday, December 24, 2017
  • Monday, December 25, 2017
  • Monday, January 1, 2018

Admission Fees


  • Free for Cape Fear Museum members. Not a member? Join online here. Cape Fear Museum accepts reciprocal free or reduced admission for ASTC and NARM participants.


  • $8 – Adults
  • $7 – Seniors, college students and military
  • $5 – Youth (6-17)
  • Free – Children 5 and under
  • The first Sunday of every month is free for New Hanover County residents.

For group rates, call 910.798.4362, or click here.

Online Tickets

Purchase your general admission tickets online here.

Valid for general daytime admission (not valid for special events) on any one day for one year from the date of purchase.

Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Saturday, September 23, 2017
9 AM – 5 PM
Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket. The Museum Day Live! ticket is available for download at Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! ticket will gain free entrance for two at Cape Fear Museum on September 23, 2017. One ticket per email address is permitted. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2017 and a full list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit


Free convenient parking is available in two lots behind the Museum. You can enter one along Dock Street between 8th and 9th Streets and the other at the corner of 9th and Dock Streets.

814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382