As part of Smithsonian magazine’s 17th annual Museum Day Saturday, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science in Wilmington will welcome visitors with Museum Day tickets free of charge.
A national celebration of “boundless curiosity,” museums joining in Museum Day open their doors for free, like the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums. Download Museum Day tickets at bit.ly/CFMMuseumDay2021. This year’s event is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Co.
Museum Day “acts as a springboard to empower and help advance the hopes and ambitions of the public, particularly school-aged children and those in underrepresented communities. It represents a national commitment to access, equity and inclusion,” according to the museum.
“Museum Day is a great way for us to reach out to our community, encourage people to explore the Museum and engage with visitors that might not normally visit,” said Museum Director Wayne LaBar in a statement.
With many public spaces being shut down for a year or more, Museum Day 2021 celebrates the reopening of museums after long closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s theme, Experience America, represents the return to, and resurgence of, our country’s diverse cultural experiences, in the safest possible way.
While tickets will be free of charge, participating museums will have safety precautions in place for this year’s event so guests can safely and comfortably enjoy their experience.
Cape Fear Museum’s current exhibitions include the following:
- Cape Fear Stories: an overview of the region’s history, cultures and related science from prehistory through the end of the 20th century (ongoing).
- Space Place: a space-themed, interactive learning center exploring STEM concepts (ongoing).
- Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery: Explore the ecosystems of the Cape Fear region (ongoing).
- H2O Today: Explore the beauty and essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood, which was organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and on view through Aug. 28, 2022.
- Sun, Earth, Universe: an interactive museum exhibition about Earth and space science for family audiences, created by NISE Network and on view through Oct. 24.
Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two Saturday at Cape Fear Museum. One ticket is permitted per email address.
A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonianmag.com/MuseumDay.