If you’ve booked a trip to Wilmington, you must already know that you’re in for a good time. The city is North Carolina’s premier coastal destination and is filled with boutiques, cafes, and an options for those who enjoy an active nightlife scene. You can just feel the historical charm when you explore the city’s Victorian architecture and walk along the brick-lined streets. Because Wilmington has so much history, you must make time to visit a few of the many museums in the city. We’ve compiled a list of the best museums to help you plan your itinerary.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
This museum holds the distinction of being the oldest one in the state, so you can’t miss out on a visit. There are more than 50,000 artifacts which means you’ll never run out of things to explore. The exhibits help visitors learn about the region’s ecosystem and natural history. The museum even has one exhibit that is dedicated to local basketball superstar Michael Jordan. It’s hard not to enjoy a museum that entertains history buffs, science lovers, and sports enthusiasts at the same time.
Cameron Art Museum
Art lovers and aspiring artists will drool when they set foot in the Cameron Art Museum. There are several rotating exhibitions at the museum, which means you’ll never get bored even if you come back again and again. The permanent collection boasts works from international and local artists alike. You’ll see outdoor artwork in addition to the pieces inside. History lovers shouldn’t worry about being bored. The site of the building is the location of the Civil War Battle of Forks Road, and you’ll be able to learn all about it as well.
If you are looking for some cheap hotels in Wilmington, the area around the Cameron Art Museum is a good place to start your search.
Battleship North Carolina
How many people can say they’ve been to a floating museum? Well, you can after you visit the Battleship North Carolina. Docked in the city, this World War II ship will take you back in time and show you what it was like for soldiers fighting in the Pacific Theater. The personal stories of the crew will give you an intimate look into their past, while a tour of the bridge will make you contemplate changing careers. Those looking for a thrill can try starting the ship’s engines or even firing her guns.
Children’s Museum of Wilmington
If you’ve brought your family to the city, you can’t miss a stop at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington. This space focuses on stimulating children’s imaginations through opportunities to understand art, science, culture, and more. The museum has engaging exhibits and weekly programs, so make sure you check with the museum to see what will be on display and taking place during your visit.
There is a lot of history to see outside of Wilmington’s museums as well. Taking a historic walking tour can help you learn even more about the city’s past.