Cape Fear Museum Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s 15th Annual Museum Day

Posted September 11, 2019 at 3:56 pm     Category: NewsMuseum



NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — Cape Fear Museum of History and Science will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 21, 2019 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 450,000 tickets were downloaded for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2019 is expected to attract more museumgoers than ever before.

“Museum Day is a great way for us to reach out to our community, encourage people to explore the Museum and engage with visitors that might not normally visit,” says Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays.

Cape Fear Museum’s current exhibitions include the following:

  • Cape Fear Stories: an overview of the region’s history, cultures and related science from prehistory through the end of the 20th century (ongoing).
  • Space Place: a space-themed, highly interactive learning center exploring STEM concepts (ongoing).
  • Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery: explore the ecosystems of the Cape Fear region (ongoing).
  • Playtime!: a highly interactive exhibit showcasing artifacts from the Museum’s toys and games collection (on view through 10/6/19).
  • Dinosaur Discovery: explores the world of modern paleontology and the discoveries that reveal how dinosaurs lived, moved and behaved (on view through 2/23/20).

Museum Day tickets may be downloaded at Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at Cape Fear Museum on September 21, 2019. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated, may be found at

For more information, please visit

About Cape Fear Museum

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. More information:

 About Smithsonian Media

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. ( /

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

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