Museums and The Serpentarium
Cape Fear Museum at 814 Market Street, just before getting into “downtown proper”, you’ll find the oldest history museum in the state, The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Along with its permanent collections, there are ever-changing exhibits and special events that guarantee hours of interesting, educational fun.
Wilmington’s Cameron Art Museum is another top choice for a place to duck a shower or two. It features two centuries of American art, a major collection of the works of Mary Cassatt, a variety of revolving installations, art classes, lectures, films, concerts, and kids’ activities. You can even grab a bite to eat at the Cam Café or get in a little retail therapy at the museum shop.
An imaginary visit to the Amazon rainforest may sound like a contradictory way to escape a rainy day. However, with over 80 species of exotic and indigenous reptiles, a trip to downtown’s Cape Fear Serpentarium promises to thrill, intrigue, and terrify anyone, including ardent herpetologists! All the big names are here: King Cobra, Bushmaster, Green Mamba, Gaboon Viper, plus several impressive lizards and crocodiles. You may hope the rain never stops as the distant sound of panpipes and djembes leads you from one breathtaking exhibit to the next.