Donate to the Collections

Thank you for your interest in donating to Cape Fear Museum. Every year, new artifacts and images are added to the collection through the generosity of individuals. These donations help us fulfill our mission.

Cape Fear Museum’s Mission

Cape Fear Museum collects, preserves and interprets objects relating to the history, science and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region.

Collecting Scope

The main criteria for accepting an object or image into our permanent collection is if it was made or used in the Lower Cape Fear. Thus, the collection represents all aspects of life in the region. The region is defined as a 50-mile radius from Wilmington, which includes all of New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, and parts of Columbus, Bladen, Sampson, Duplin and Onslow counties.

CFM primarily collects three-dimensional objects. It also collects two-dimensional objects of a visual nature that can be exhibited, such as photographs and drawings. Two-dimensional objects that are not visual in nature – such as letters, newspapers, bills, invoices, etc. – are more useful as a research tool and are referred to the Local History Room of the New Hanover County Public Library.

How to Donate

Due to the volume of offers we cannot accept donations through the mail or by unannounced walk-ins. We request prior communication. If you have objects or images that you think would complement our collection, please contact the curator in writing or by telephone:

Heather Yenco, Curator
Cape Fear Museum
814 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Major-General William H. C. Whiting’s dress uniform, about 1863
Gift of the Cape Fear Chapter #3 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy
814 Market Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-4370 • Fax 910-798-4382