Museums - New Hanover County, NC

Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina is located on Eagles Island in North Carolina, at the confluence of the Brunswick and Cape Fear rivers, and directly across the from Wilmington. Although a bit of the island is in New Hanover County, a large portion of it is also situated within Brunswick County as well.

In 1961, the Battleship was opened to the public; a restored World War II Battleship, a National Historic Landmark, a museum collecting and interpreting all ships named "North Carolina," and a memorial honoring the 11,000 North Carolinians of all branches of service who gave their lives in World War II.

An amazing immersive learning experience can be found just by walking through the nine levels of the ship. Various types of tours, events and programs are happening throughout the year.

Basic admission prices can be between $6 - $14, while children under five enter free.

Come visit this impactful piece of history today!


1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401


Bellamy Mansion Museum

Step into history and visit the Bellamy Museum, in Wilmington, North Carolina, at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Avenue.

Take a tour within the 10,000-square-foot mansion, visit the beautifully-recreated gardens, and walk through the restored Slave Quarters. As a museum of history and the design arts, offering daily tours and many dynamic educational and cultural programs throughout the year, visiting this landmark should be on your itenerary for your next vacation in the area.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $6 - $12, with children under 5 getting in for Free!


503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401


Burgwin-Wright Museum House & Gardens

The Burgwin-Wright House, built in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1771, is "where Now meets Then." Spot the beautiful magnolias at the corner of Market and 3rd streets and the House is just behind.

Take a guided tour through the house and museum or stroll through the lovely gardens. Learn some history in one of their educational programs or gather for community events.

Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission runs from $6 - $12 and children under 3 get in free.

Come meet the connection between Now and Then Today!


224 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28401


Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

Located in the heart of downtown Wilmington is the oldest history museum in North Carolina, having been founded in 1898. The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science by the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) to preserve artifacts relating to the Civil War.

The museum is currently run by New Hanover County, North Carolina and moved to its current location in 1970.

Currently collecting artifacts relating to the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear, defined as a 50 mile radius around the city of Wilmington.

Come see a scale model of 1863 Wilmington waterfront and watch the Civil War Battle of Fort Fisher unfold before your eyes. Investigate the hands-on Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery and meet Wilmington's oldest resident, a 20-foot-tall Giant Ground Sloth.

Tons to see and do!

In the fall & winter the museum is closed on Mondays, but are open from Tuesday to Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Admission ranges from $5 - $8, with children under 5 getting in Free and... The First Saturday is Free for New Hanover County Residents.


814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28401


Latimer House Museum and Gardens

Walk through Wilmington history at The Latimer House and Gardens. Housing the Historical Society since 1963 and built in 1852, the House contains over 600 historic objects from the elegant Victorian era.

Built in the popular Italianate style, the Latimer House can be a charming and unique place for your meeting, luncheon, or party!

The Victorian inspired gardens and the tearoom are also available with reservation.

Monday through Saturday, at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, guided tours of the house are available and Saturdays, on the hour from 10:00 am thru 2:00 pm.

Admission is $12 for Adults, with $10 for Military discount and $6.00 for children & students.


126 S. 3rd St, Wilmington, NC 28401


Cameron Art Museum

With four out of five stars on Yelp and Facebook, the Cameron Art Museum or Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum is a wonderful way to spend some time down in Wilmington, NC!

It was originally named the Saint John's Museum of Art due to the fact that it opened in the building to house St. John's Lodge No. 1 of Ancient York Masons and the Grand and Royal Chapter of Jerusalem, commonly called the Royal Arch.

Their namesake, Louise Wells Cameron, was a volunteer at the original museum for 35 years and her husband served on the museum board of directors.

Currently, they have many rotating art exhibitions, many events throughout the year and even houses their own school.

There's just so much to see and do here, you simply must stop by! Check out the various Tours Available for sure.


3201 South 17th Street Wilmington, NC 28412


Wilmington Children's Museum

In the heart of Wilmington, North Carolina, the Children's Museum of Wilmington provides a hands-on learning through play center, where children explore and better understand art, science, culture, and more through engaging exhibits and weekly programs.

In 1991, local parents began to pursue the creation of this wonderful place to stimulates children's imagination, curiosity, and love of learning through interactive and age appropriate science, math and art activities.

With the help of the Junior League of Wilmington, NC, parents, community leaders and educators, the Wilmington Children's Museum opened its doors on .

Preserved within the museum are aspects of old Wilmington's St. John's Masonic Lodge, Greek Orthodox Church, and The Cowan House as well.

Admission for adults & children is $9.75, Military members and Seniors $8.75 and Children under 12 months get in free.


116 Orange Street Wilmington, NC 28401


Wilmington Railroad Museum

Nestled in historic downtown Wilmington is The Wilmington Railroad Museum, dedicated to preserving the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad by providing an educational and enjoyable experience concerning the history, technology, and impact of the rail industry.

With 4 out of 5 stars on Yelp, Facebook and TripAdvisor, the museum is a not-to-be-missed attraction.

You'll find many great displays, which adults and children alike will find fun and educational including a Thomas the Tank Train play area, a life-size caboose, boxcar, 100-year-old steam locomotive, and a model train display holding the Guinness World Record for Longest Model Train.

Open from 10 am - 4 pm Monday through Saturday and Sundays from 1 pm - 4 pm.

Admission is $8.50 for Adults, Seniors / Military $7.50 and children aged 2 - 12 pay $5.50.


505 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401