Museum to Reopen on Friday, October 19

Posted October 18, 2018 at 11:00 am     Category: MuseumNews

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. – Cape Fear Museum of History and Science will reopen on Friday, October 19, 2018, at 9 a.m. after completing repairs due to damage caused by Hurricane Florence. The Museum building sustained areas of water intrusion in offices and some gallery spaces. Repairs and clean-up efforts have been focused on public areas so the Museum could complete work to reopen as quickly as possible following the storm. The Museum’s collection is safe and fared well during the storm with only minor, cosmetic damage to a few items.

Upon reopening, first floor exhibits including Cape Fear Stories, Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery and Space Place as well as second floor exhibits PlayTime!, Collection Selections: Cameras and the Williston Auditorium will be accessible to visitors. Exhibits that will remain temporarily closed include Exploration Station on the first floor and the remainder of the galleries on the second floor.

Educational programming including Little Explorers, Discovery Lab, Engineering Challenge, Planetarium Films, school programs, field trips and more will resume at Cape Fear Museum beginning Friday, October 19. For information regarding upcoming programs, please visit the website at

“We are happy to reopen the Museum and be able to serve our community and traveling visitors,” stated Museum Director Sheryl Kingery Mays. “Museum staff are excited and ready to welcome people back and we are grateful for our partners at New Hanover County’s Downtown Library and Halyburton Park for allowing us to use space at their facilities while we were closed to continue our outreach and educational programs.”

Museum admission will be FREE to all visitors until further notice as we make additional repairs and updates throughout the building. The Museum Park is open from dusk to dawn each day and admission to the park is always free.

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market Street, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. General admission will be FREE until further notice. 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:

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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