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Cape Fear Museum News: Games, Dinos and Stars at Cape Fear Museum!

Cape Fear Museum has a busy weekend planned for you. Bring your competitive spirit to the Museum on Friday for an adults-only game night. Dinos dominate the Learning Center on Saturday and we’ll show you how to use a planisphere at Sunday’s Cape Fear Skies.
• Grown-up Game Night - Friday, August 17 from 7-10 PM. Fee: $5 for members; $7 for non-members; Memberships available on game night. Bring some friends, grab some appetizers and a seat, and get your game on!  Try your hand at new and old favorites—from Battleship to Spades to brand new games. Admission includes access to great games (instructions if needed!), snacks (including cupcakes from Coastal Cupcakes) and drinks, and a visit to the Museum’s Toys and Games exhibit, before it closes on September 9. Games provided by Cape Fear Museum, Cape Fear Games, and Learning Express Toys.
• Learning Center: Dynamic Dinosaurs - Saturday, August 18 from 1-4 PM. For All ages. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission. Dinosaurs big and small; come meet them all! Dig for fossils that you can take home and find out what a T. rex tooth looks like up close.  Discover why Wilmington’s Giant Ground Sloth and the pterodactyl are not dinosaurs.  Measure some well-known dinosaurs and make an Apatosaurus model to take home. 
• Cape Fear Skies: Sky Mapping - Sunday, August 19, Times:  1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 PM. For all ages. Fee: Free for members or with Museum admission Discover how to use a planisphere to locate objects in the night sky.
 Featured Exhibits
• Toys and Games - Exhibit closes September 9, 2012. View historical images of people at play and toys and games from our collection. Play with a variety of interactives inspired by the Museums’ collection. From Barbie dolls and tea sets to cap guns and a 1970s video game, Toys and Games connects visitors to generations of local residents through their playthings. Adults and children alike enjoy viewing toys from the past, and you can enjoy playing together as a family.
• Cape Fear Treasures: Campaigning - Exhibit closes January 13, 2013. Enjoy a break from partisan politics at Cape Fear Museum. Just in time for the Presidential election season, glimpse a selection of Cape Fear Museum’s campaign materials. The Museum’s collection includes more than 400 artifacts that span local, state, and federal races. View selection of those artifacts, including photographs, badges, posters, postcards, buttons, matchbooks, bumper stickers, yard signs, and even a thimble that encouraged voters in 1964 to pick Dan Moore as North Carolina’s governor. See how political paraphernalia has changed over the years.
• Shopping Around Wilmington - Exhibit closes February 17, 2013. In an era before mega-malls, online ordering, and big box stores, shopping in Wilmington centered around downtown. Shopping Around Wilmington will explore more than 100 years of shopping in Wilmington. Explore the ways in which increasing suburbanization changed people’s retail experiences. View some of the Museum’s images and artifacts that tell the Port City’s shopping story.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, 814 Market St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday -Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; Labor Day through Memorial Day. General admission is $7 for adults; $6 for students and senior citizens; $6 special military rate with valid military ID; $4 for children 3-17; and free for children under 3 and for museum members. New Hanover County residents’ free day is the first Sunday of each month. More information: www.capefearmuseum.com.