Cape Fear Museum of Science and History
Cape Fear Museum features 40,000+ artifacts and changing exhibits of 19th and 20th Century objects, images, photographs, and slides relating to the history, science and culture of Lower Cape Fear. Waves and Currents: The Lower Cape Fear Story highlights the region’s history and science from pre-history through the 20th century. Explore Cape Fear’s ecosystems at the Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery.
Children’s Museum of Wilmington
One of the best children’s museums in the country, the Children’s Museum of Wilmington stimulates children’s imagination, curiosity and love of learning. The Museum celebrates the joys of childhood by providing magical exhibits and two outdoor gardens. Children and adults can explore arts, sciences, and culture through playful, hands-on and child-directed experiences.
Cameron Art Museum
Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum highlights North Carolina’s rich artistic heritage. The museum boasts 15 galleries, displaying a unique blend of artwork from 18th century paintings to 20th century ceramics, decoys, sculptures and computer generated art. After viewing the renowned permanent collection and traveling exhibitions, visit the Museum Shop or stroll the 10-acre campus including the Civil War Battlefield and Sculpture Park.
Bellamy Mansion Museum and Gardens
Visit one of North Carolina’s spectacular treasures of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Tour the beautiful Victorian gardens and the mansion that contains changing exhibitions on history and design arts.
Wilmington Railroad Museum
With aneclectic collection of railroad displays, Wilmington Railroad Museum traces the historical development of railroads in Wilmington and recaptures the essence of the steam locomotive days. See railroad artifacts dating from 1840, as well as models of the North Carolina-South Carolina routes of the 1940s and 1950s. Children have hours of fun at the Thomas the Train play area, operating a life-size caboose and a real steam locomotive.