Cape Fear Museum to reopen on Tuesday, September 8 with safety precautions in place

Posted September 3, 2020 at 10:24 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum of History and Science will reopen on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9 a.m. after being closed for almost six months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Consistent with state orders and local recommendations, the Museum will open with modified operations and elevated safety procedures keeping health and safety as a top priority.

Visitors will be required to wear a mask when inside the building and can expect routine cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day, temporary closure of some exhibit areas that don’t allow for social distancing or are high-touch areas, hand sanitizer stations and a 50 percent capacity limit on the number of guests in the building.

Reservations are not required but visitors are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online when possible: Beginning Tuesday, September 8, the Museum will resume regular hours and will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Weekly programs and special events will continue to be held virtually for the time being and information may be found on the Museum’s website at

“We are happy to reopen the Museum and be able to serve our community and welcome back visitors,” stated Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays. “Museum staff have been hard at work during the closure and are excited to debut two new traveling exhibitions.”

The two new exhibits that will premiere upon reopening are – Hometown Teams and Fighting for the Right to Fight.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a traveling exhibition from Smithsonian Institution, examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games – they shape lives, unite people and celebrate what it is to be American. Thanks to the never-ending appetite for competition and games, Americans have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. In addition to the Smithsonian exhibit, view local photographs and artifacts from inductees of the Greater Wilmington Sports Hall of Fame, including tennis star Lenny Simpson, championship boxer Sherriedale Morgan and NFL quarterback Sonny Jurgensen. This exhibit will be on view through January 3, 2021.

Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II, a traveling exhibition from The National World War II Museum, features artifacts, photographs and oral histories highlighting some of the extraordinary achievements and challenges of African Americans during World War II, both overseas and on the Home Front. Fighting for the Right to Fight illustrates how hopes for securing equality inspired many to enlist, as well as the discouraging reality of the segregated non-combat roles given to black recruits and the continuing fight for “Double Victory” that laid the groundwork for the modern Civil Rights Movement. Through myriad interactive experiences, visitors will discover the wartime stories of individual servicemembers who took part in this journey of extraordinary challenge, from unheralded heroes to famous names, including Alex Haley (US Coast Guard); Sammy Davis Jr. (US Army); Benjamin Davis, Jr. (US Army Air Forces); Medgar Evers (US Army) and more. This exhibit will be on view through January 8, 2021.

Additional open exhibits include Cape Fear Stories (main history exhibit), Giant Ground Sloth, Space Place (open in limited capacity), Michael Jordan: Achieving Success case display, Williston Auditorium and Collection Selections: Sports case display. Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery is partially open while under renovation and Exploration Station will be temporarily closed.

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 at 910-798-4370 or

About the Smithsonian Institution
“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation and local host institutions. To learn more about New Harmonies and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit

About The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world – why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today – so that future generations will know the price of freedom, and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America’s National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifices of the men and women who fought on the battlefront and served on the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit

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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