A visit to Cape Fear Museum is a fun way to enhance your students’ classroom learning with interactive history and science exhibits and hands-on field trip programs aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
Field trips to Cape Fear Museum are available to traditional, public, and private schools, daycares, afterschool programs, homeschoolers and others. Groups must have a minimum of 10 students to schedule
on-site field trip programs and receive student/teacher admission rates.
Museum admission is FREE for teachers & chaperones visiting with students.
Field Trip Program Fees
Field trip program fees INCLUDE the cost of museum admission.
Can’t visit the Museum? The Museum will come to you!
Outreach Program Fees
Outreach programs are available for groups of 20 or more students. Programs available as outreach are noted below in orange.
Field Trip Programs
Prehistoric Cape Fear
(Best suited for Pre-K through grade 1)
Journey back in time to explore dinosaurs and more.
Science: K.L.1; 1.L.1, 1.L.2
Mathematics: K.MD; 1.MD
Cape Fear Wild (program also available as outreach)
(Best suited for grades K-1)
Discover native plants and animals.
Science Standards: K.P.1, K.L.1; 1.L.1, 1.L.2
Forces and Motion
(Best suited for grade 1)
Play with folk toys to explore Newton’s Laws of Motion.
What’s in Your Backyard
(Best suited for grades 1-3)
Explore Lower Cape Fear ecology.
Science: 1.E.2, 1.L.1, 1.L.2; 2.L.1; 3.E.2, 3.L.2
Weather Wonders (program also available as outreach)
(Best suited for grade 2)
Investigate different elements of weather.
Science Standards: 2.E.1
(Best suited for grades 2-4)
Discover the first inhabitants of the Lower Cape Fear region.
Social Studies Standards: 2.H.1, 2.G.2, 2.E.1; 3.G.1, 3.C.1; 4.H.1, 4.G.1
(Best suited for grades 3-8)
Investigate mathematics with hands-on exhibits.
Mathematics content standards vary by grade level
People of the Past
(Best suited for grades 3-4)
Delve into Lower Cape Fear history.
Social Studies: 3.H.1, 3.G.1, 3.E.1; 4.H.1, 4.G.1, 4.E.1
Electricity and Magnetism (program also available as outreach)
(Best suited for grade 4)
Experiment with circuits, magnets and energy.
Science: 4.P.1, 4.P.2, 4.P.3
Wild Weather (program also available as outreach)
(Best suited for grade 5)
Explore local weather patterns and phenomena.
Science Standards: 5E.1; 5.P.2
(Best suited for grade 7)
Discover the power of simple machines.
Violence in 1898
(Best suited for grade 8)
Analyze historic photographs and documents, examine the timeline of national and local events and explore the museum’s 1898 exhibit.
This program is possible with support from the 1898 Memorial Fund, a component fund of the North Carolina Community Foundation.
Explore Wilmington’s history with a guided walk through the museum’s exhibits. Exhibit tours examine the region’s history from its earliest inhabitants to the beginning of the 21st century.
All group visits to the museum require advance registration. Call 910-798-4361 or email CFMprograms@nhcgov.com.
Bus drivers should drop off students at the designated bus pull-in area along 8th Street. Bus parking is available along 9th Street, beside the Museum.
Need a space to eat?
Picnic lunches are allowed in the Museum Park. Please check the availability of this space for picnics when making your reservation.