Cape Fear Museum Creates Online Photograph Collections Database

Posted January 13, 2022 at 10:17 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and Rediscovery Software have worked together to make the Museum’s photographic collection and archive available for viewing online by researchers and the general public. Website visitors can search, browse and view collections records and images. The public may freely download images for personal use as well as request permission for commercial usage.

Cape Fear Museum’s online catalog provides access to the photograph collection, consisting of more than 15,000 images. The process took 20 months to complete as it required an extensive review of photos and descriptions to make them searchable by the public. The catalog will continue to grow as the Museum collects additional photographs.

“We are excited to launch a new tool to provide the public greater access to our photographic collection,” says curator Heather Yenco. “Photographs shed light on the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear and provide a glimpse of how people lived and how Wilmington has changed over time.”

The photograph collection includes a wide array of images including the film industry, school photos, Azalea Festivals past, postcards and more. The online photograph collection may be accessed here:

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is located at 814 Market Street and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. 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. Cape Fear Museum is also a proud partner of Museums for All and offers free admission to SNAP benefit recipients when they present an EBT card. More information:

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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