Market St (EB) & 9th St (Cape Fear Museum), Wilmington, NC 28401, USA
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Science & Technology
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Cape Fear Museum of History and Science is the oldest history museum in North Carolina. The Museum has also been run by four different organizations over the course of its history. After the UDC steered the Museum through its first two decades, they lost their room at the WLI during World War I. The Museum’s artifact collection went to Raleigh at that time. After the war, it took a decade for Wilmington – through the work of the New Hanover County Historical Commission and the UDC – to reclaim the items. When the collection returned and the Museum reopened, a different women’s organization, North Carolina Sorosis, took over operations. They ran the Museum from 1930 until the early 1960s. Then, the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County jointly administered the Museum until the county took sole administrative control in 1977. Just as the building and management has changed over time, so too has the scope of the Museum’s collection and its mission. Originally, the institution was founded to preserve Confederate objects and Confederate memories of the Civil War. After the reopening in the 1930s, many new objects were collected, broadening the Museum’s holdings to include a wider range of historical items. Over the decades, the collection grew to represent regional, national, and international art, history, and science artifacts. In the late 1970s, Cape Fear Museum’s mission re-focused on the region’s history, science and cultures. Today, the Museum draws on a collection of more than 52,000 items to help us explore a wide range of topics and to tell balanced and inclusive local stories.
Levine Museum engages a broad-based audience in the exploration and appreciation of the diverse history of the South since the Civil War, with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont. Through the museum we collect, preserve, and interpret the materials, sights, sounds, and ideas that illumine and enliven this history. The museum presents opportunities for life-long learning about this history for the benefit, enjoyment and education of children and adults, and provides historical context for contemporary issues and a community forum for thoughtful discussion.
The North Carolina Museum of History collects and preserves artifacts and other historical materials relating to the history and heritage of North Carolina in a local, regional, national and international context to assist people in understanding how the past influences the present. The museum interprets history through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications available to the visitor on-site or through distance-learning technologies. There is no admission fee to enter the museum; occasionally there are ticketed exhibits with an entrance fee.
Tryon Arts and Crafts School teaches hands-on classes, workshops, and symposiums in blacksmithing, ceramics, silversmithing, fiber arts, glass, lapidary, welding, and woodworking, and more. To promote the extraordinary artisans and craftspeople in the southeastern United States, we host special exhibitions, maintain a permanent Heritage Collection, and sponsor festivals on our park-like grounds at Harmon Field on the banks of the North Pacolet River in Tryon, North Carolina.
Wrightsville Beach Volleyball Courts, 303 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480, USA
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Wrightsville Beach has quite a story to tell with a history of post-Civil War sailing regattas and being known as the “Playground of the South” in the 1930s. Today it has been named “Best Small Beach Town” by U.S. News & World Report in 2018 and has the best East Coast surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Walk through the 1909 Myers Cottage and feel what it was like to be at Wrightsville Beach during earlier generations with a bathroom of bathing suits hanging to dry, a kitchen filled with vintage items, and a porch lined with rocking chairs. As part of the permanent display, visitors can explore a shell collection, maps from the 1920s, and a scale model of the beach and its buildings circa 1910. The newly –opened 1924 Bordeaux Cottage features the Waterman Room exploring local water sports and professions, Chris Stone Exploration Room for hands-on activities, and the Lumina Room with exhibits on Lumina pavilion where the Big Bands of the 1930s once played.Visit the museum and explore its vibrant past as it relates to today’s beach.