Museum Open House Celebrates Opening of Newest Exhibits

Posted June 11, 2019 at 11:54 am     Category: NewsMuseum

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. –  Cape Fear Museum of History and Science invites the public to a FREE Open House event on Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 4 to 7 p.m. to celebrate reopening of the upstairs gallery space and the addition of two new exhibits – Dinosaur Discovery and the redesigned 20th century gallery.

Dinosaur Discovery explores the world of modern paleontology and the discoveries that reveal how dinosaurs lived, moved and behaved. Interactive activities in the exhibit include a scavenger hunt, dinosaur puzzles, books and toys, paleontologist dress up area and more! This exhibit was developed by the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Cape Fear Stories, the Museum’s main exhibit, features a refreshed 20th century gallery that was designed, curated and fabricated by the Cape Fear Museum team. This space explores how the county grew and changed and examines stories of segregation, work, education, technological change, leisure and medical advances to learn about the region’s rich and complex past.

During the Open House event, visitors may:

  • Engage in activities throughout Dinosaur Discovery
  • Meet and greet with Museum staff to ask questions and learn more about each exhibit
  • View a dinosaur themed planetarium film, Dinosaurs at Dusk
  • Interact with fossils at the Science Cycle in Museum Park
  • Sign up for Museum membership and save $10
  • Enjoy light celebratory refreshments

A&M’s Red Food Truck will also be on-site from 4 to 7 p.m. and food will be available for purchase.

“We are excited to completely reopen all gallery spaces within the Museum that were damaged during Hurricane Florence,” stated Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays. “This event provides an opportunity to invite our community to view the Museum’s exciting new exhibits which explore a wide range of topics and help us understand the richness of our region’s stories.”

Visitors are encouraged to get an early peek at these new exhibits during the Open House event on Thursday, June 27 as well as throughout the opening weekend, June 28 through June 30. Admission will be complimentary through Sunday, June 30 with standard admission prices resuming on Monday, July 1. Dinosaur Discovery will be on view through February 23, 2020 and Cape Fear Stories redesigned 20th century gallery is ongoing as part of the Museum’s core history exhibit. More information on each exhibit may be viewed on our website: and

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission will be FREE until June 30, 2019. Standard admission prices resume on July 1, 2019 and 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:

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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