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CAPE FEAR MUSEUM JOINS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S 17TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY

Posted September 9, 2021 at 9:26 am     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 18, 2021 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th 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 tickets may be downloaded at bit.ly/CFMMuseumDay2021. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company.

Museum Day goes beyond getting visitors through museum doors—it acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion.

With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way. While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.

“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 Wayne LaBar.

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).
  • H2O Today: explore the beauty and essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood (organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and on view through August 28, 2022).
  • Sun, Earth, Universe: an engaging and interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science for family audiences (created by NISE Network and on view through October 24, 2021).

Museum Day tickets may be downloaded at bit.ly/CFMMuseumDay2021. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at Cape Fear Museum on September 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay.

 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: www.capefearmuseum.com.

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. (smithsonianmag.com / si.edu)

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