Cape Fear Museum Announces Smithsonian Affiliation

Posted November 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum is proud to announce its designation as a Smithsonian Affiliate. Established in 1996, Smithsonian Affiliations is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. The program establishes long-term relationships with museums, education institutions and cultural organizations to facilitate the loan of Smithsonian artifacts and traveling exhibitions, as well as develop innovative educational collaborations locally and nationally.  Cape Fear Museum joins a community of over 200 affiliated organizations across almost every state, as well as in Puerto Rico and Panama. It is one of just seven affiliates in the state of North Carolina.

On December 3, 2018, Cape Fear Museum and New Hanover County will commemorate with an official ceremony at 4 p.m. during the Board of Commissioners meeting.  Myriam Springuel, Director, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and Smithsonian Affiliations, will present a Certificate of Smithsonian Affiliation to Museum Director, Sheryl Kingery Mays.  This will begin a strategic collaboration between Cape Fear Museum and the world’s largest museum, education and research complex.

“We are excited and honored to begin this new Affiliate relationship,” said Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays.  “We look forward to partnering with Smithsonian Affiliations to expand and strengthen our ongoing education and exhibition programs and gain greater access to Smithsonian’s resources and artifacts so we may better serve county residents, especially those living in our surrounding neighborhoods.”

“The Cape Fear Museum truly is the ideal partner for Smithsonian Affiliations,” Springuel said. “The museum is a cornerstone of the Lower Cape Fear creating exceptional exhibits and programs. The Museum has hosted a number of Smithsonian traveling exhibitions in the past, and we are happy to expand our relationship. Its resilient spirit and service to the community is an inspiration.”

Cape Fear Museum also invites New Hanover County residents to visit on both Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9.  The Museum will celebrate with refreshments and introduce residents to the perks of Smithsonian national membership from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Membership through Smithsonian Affiliations is truly “Two Memberships in One,” allowing members of Cape Fear Museum to also become members of the Smithsonian for a $125 annual sponsorship. In addition, the Museum will screen a Smithsonian Channel film, Earth From Outer Space at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Weekend events and Museum admission are FREE.  

About Cape Fear Museum
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission will be FREE until further notice. Standard admission prices are $8 for adults; $7 for seniors, students and military with valid ID; $5 for children 6-17; and free for children 5 and under and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information:

About Smithsonian Affiliations
Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term collaborative partnerships with museums, educational, and cultural organizations to share Smithsonian collections, build collaborative networks, and engage learners of all ages with Smithsonian resources. More information is available at

News Release Contact: Barbi Baker,, 910-798-4367

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