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The Takeaway: Moving Plans

By Samantha Kupiainen, posted Dec 14, 2023
Cape Fear Museum director Kate Baillon (Photo By Megan Dietz)
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science’s next big project is prepping for its move to Project Grace in downtown Wilmington (its giant sloth skeleton replica is coming with).

A mixed-use development, Project Grace will fill the New Hanover County-owned block bordered by Chestnut, Grace, Second, and Third streets and include a rebuilt public library and modernized Cape Fear Museum as well as private development of commercial and residential space.

The library and museum portion could be complete by 2025.

“We’ll be able to offer a broader range of both history and science exhibits,” museum director Kate Baillon said. “We’ll be looking at having a 3,000-square-foot, hands-on gallery that teaches about scientific principles; a 1,300-square-foot children’s exhibit that teaches about the local area for our youngest visitors; a 9,000-square-foot history and science exhibit that combines the history and science of our local region, weaving together stories of people and place; (and) an outdoor gallery teaching about the local ecology – all this together with a 5,000-square-foot changing gallery and a sixty-seat immersive theater and planetarium.”
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