Street Address
3201 South 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28412
Mailing Address
Wilmington, NC 28401
Sunday, Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday10 AM - 5 PM
Thursday10 AM - 9 PM
Closed Holidays: Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Café Hours
Tuesday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday11 AM - 3 PM
Thursday11 AM - 3 PM & 5 PM - 9 PM
Sunday10 AM - 3 PM
General Admission: $8
Seniors: $5
Military: $5
Members: free
Students (): $5
Children (2-12): $3
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Anne Brennan, Executive Director
Holly Tripman, Registrar
Nan Pope, Museum Shop Manager


Cameron Art Museum located in Wilmington, North Carolina occupies a 42,000 square foot facility designed in 2002 by the renowned architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates (NYC). The museum is sited on 9.3 acre Pyramid Park, features long-leaf pine woodlands, outdoor sculptures, nature trails, an historic Civil War site and Clay Studio housed in the Pancoe Art Education Center. The main museum building includes two exhibition areas, the Weyerhaeuser lecture and reception hall, a full service museum cafe known as Café Johnnie, museum gift shop and free parking.

Cameron Art Museum was formerly named St. John's Museum of Art, operating 1962-2001 in a cluster of historic buildings located in downtown Wilmington. In the mid-1990's, St. John's Museum was in need of better environmental conditions and expanded space.

In 1997, the Museum trustees launched a capital campaign and began a search for the new building site. After exhausting efforts to secure appropriate property in the downtown area, the newly-named Cameron Art Museum opened at the intersection of south 17th and Independence Streets, conveniently located between the downtown and beach communities.

Cameron Art Museum is a cultural gathering place committed to arts education. The museum presents exhibitions and public programs of both historical and contemporary significance, with 6-8 changing exhibitions annually, in addition to outdoor, site-specific projects on its park property.

The museum also presents lively, ongoing family and children's programs each month; Alzheimers "Connections" tours for patients and their caretakers; ongoing interdisciplinary public programs (lectures, music, films, literature, dance); adult and youth art education and healthy living classes at The Museum School and workshops, classes and demonstrations in ceramic arts at the Clay Studio, overseen by resident master artist Hiroshi Sueyoshi.

Artifacts Collections

The Museum's permanent collection of fine arts, crafts and design includes work by artists of national and international significance, including works by North Carolina artists. Selected works from the permanent collection are exhibited periodically in thematic exhibitions. The Museum's collection includes many vulnerable works on paper, and is therefore not kept on view permanently given conservation concerns of sustained damage from prolonged exposure to light.

Educational Programs

The Museum School

The Museum School at the Cameron Art Museum provides adult and youth art education including a range of beginning and master classes which can include CEU credit through New Hanover County Schools.

Distinctions of The Museum School programming include instructor-guided access to the museum’s exhibitions and select objects in the museum’s permanent collection not on view, and access to the museum’s non-circulating art library numbering over 2000 publications and monographs. Additionally, the School creates employment opportunities for area artists and instructors.


Battle of Forks Road

The museum's grounds include a significant site of one of the last battles of the Civil War, known as "," fought on February 20, 1865 just before the fall of the city and the subsequent collapse of the Confederate forces. After the fall of Fort Fisher following the largest naval bombardment to date in US history, Union troops marched up the Cape Fear peninsula to capture Wilmington North Carolina and seal off the Confederate Army's last remaining port. Lining the edge of the Museum grounds are confederate revetments built during the Battle of Forks Road in the last days of the Civil War.

Civil War Living History Weekend

Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina commemorates the cultural significance of this site and the unique, and poignant role played by African American troops (some of whom were ex-slaves), with an annual "Civil War Living History Weekend" event, featuring Civil War reenactors, lectures, workshops, artillery demonstrations and children's period games. The museum's Civil War site is also a source of additional programming leading up to the 150th Sesquicentennial of the Civil War.


Lecture Halls

Performance Areas


Wheelchair Accessible




Welcome to CAM Cafe

CAM Café delivers a fresh dining experience under the guidance of executive chef Jessica Cabo. Serving only the best in locally sourced, hand-crafted food and quick service in an inspiring setting.

Vibrant and Unique Spaces For Any Event

Our state-of-the-art facility offers a vibrant and unique setting for wedding ceremonies, receptions and private parties, as well as corporate and nonprofit events or meetings. Choose from a selection of indoor and outdoor spaces, featuring distinctive modern architecture and beautifully landscaped, park-like grounds. Once inside the Museum entrance, you will find our Café space, which is ideal for smaller events or as a central gathering place at a larger event. For clients hosting multimedia presentations, the Reception Hall is equipped with an in-house sound system and projection capabilities. Outdoors, our semi-enclosed Courtyard is a fantastic space to hold your wedding ceremony al fresco or dance the night away under the stars. Please call to check on availability or to schedule an appointment to view our rental spaces. We look forward to speaking with you about your event

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental


Group Tours