Arts & Culture


Thalian Hall

Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts has been in continuous use since it opened in 1858 and is one of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in America. Forming the east wing of Wilmington's magnificent City Hall, the facility hosts over 250 performance events annually. The complex houses three performance venues, the Main Stage, the Grand Ballroom, and the Studio Theatre.

Wilson Center

Enjoy theater, music, comedy, dance and much more in a setting like no other at The Wilson Center on the Cape Fear Community College campus, the largest and most technologically advanced performance center in Eastern North Carolina. Featuring the best of Broadway, a sampling of stars and a dash of dance, this new venue will keep your calendar booked with entertainment options all season long.

Cape Fear Playhouse

The Cape Fear Playhouse and Big Dawg Productions, has been committed to producing entertaining, thought-provoking, and socially responsible theater, with an emphasis on education and the promotion of the performing arts. The 50-seat black box theatre is in the heart of Castle Street Art & Antique District.

University of North Carolina Wilmington Kenan Auditorium

The 1000-seat Sarah Graham Kenan Auditorium, managed by the UNCW Office of Cultural Arts, is one of the larger performing arts venues in the Wilmington area. It is home to over 170 events per year.

Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center

The Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center features a lobby area that has been restored to its 1943 appearance and serves as a museum where WWII memorabilia and other artifacts are displayed. The 2nd Street Stage is available for theatrical productions, special events and exhibitions. The Center also has five studios available for rent for classes, rehearsals, auditions and meetings.

Art Galleries

Wilmington Area

Cameron Art Museum

The Cameron Art Museum is committed to arts education and presents exhibitions and public programs of both historical and contemporary significance. There are six to nine changing exhibitions annually, in addition to outdoor, site-specific projects on its park property which includes a historic Civil War site.

The Gallery of Fine Art

The Gallery of Fine Art is family owned and operated featuring works by artists of an uplifting nature. Here, you will find original paintings, jewelry, sculpture, blown glass and pottery.

Eclipse Artisan Boutique

Eclipse Artisan Boutique captures the element of surprise with made to order pieces from their many talented artists. Collections include original paintings, custom furniture, sculpture, pottery, glass, jewelry, photography, and textiles including an exclusive line of American-made luxury Alpaca bedding.

Charles Jones African Art

Charles Jones African Art has been in business for over twenty-five years. The gallery displays an extensive and varied collection of traditional African art. Items from Nigeria and Liberia are a particular focus of the gallery.

Ann Flack Boseman Gallery (UNCW campus)

The Ann Flack Boseman Gallery includes, but is not limited to, ceramics, photography, sculpture, painting, screen prints, and drawings. The University Union Permanent Collection can be found on display throughout the meeting rooms and lounge spaces within the Campus Life facilities: Fisher University Union, Fisher Student Center, Warwick Center and Burney Center.

Downtown Wilmington

ACES Gallery

Aces Gallery by the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County features 414 square feet of gallery storefront space to suit all variations of artwork. Supporting local artists as well as regional and national artists, this gallery is centrally located in downtown Wilmington and runs its exhibits monthly coinciding with Wilmington's Fourth Friday Gallery Nights.

The Art Factory

Art from around the word and around the corner can be found in the Art Factory Gallery and Studio Space adjoining Waterline Brewery located under the Memorial Bridge on Surry Street. The huge area encompasses a featured artist gallery (changing every Fourth Friday Art Walk) as well as a regular gallery, artists studios, an intimate 45-seat theater with stage, meeting space and a wine tasting room.

The Golden Gallery

For 37 years The Golden Gallery has captured local memories in the artwork of Mary Ellen and John W Golden and the music of John C Golden.

New Elements Gallery

New Elements offers a wide variety of work by regional and nationally recognized artists. Located in historic downtown Wilmington since 1985, New Elements Gallery features original paintings and prints, as well as sculpture, contemporary craft, jewelry, and custom framing.

Art in Bloom Gallery

Art in Bloom Gallery is a crossroad for creativity and other connections that happen when people explore art and exchange ideas. The gallery presents original paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, fabric, and ceramics with an emphasis on national and international artists.


Artworks is an art village providing art studios, gallery space and event venue. Once part of the original Block Shirt factory, theArtWorks is central to the developing Cape Fear Historic Byway district.

Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts

The Port City Pottery & Fine Crafts gallery is dedicated exclusively to handmade, one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional art and craft by jury-selected coastal North Carolina artisans. They present decorative and functional works in clay, fiber, gourds, baskets, jewelry, mixed media, and wood in a beautiful setting within the walls of the historic Cotton Exchange building.

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Art Company

Wrightsville Beach Art Company is the only art gallery on Wrightsville Beach and is saving the planet one painting at a time! The gallery features Jazzy Boy Art, using recycled items to create unique 3D nautical inspired art.


Immerse yourself in history and art at one of Wilmington’s many museums. Tour three museums housed in historic homes at the Bellamy MansionBurgwin-Wright House or Latimer House, all featuring exhibits and information on the history of the homes and the Wilmington area. Visit the state’s oldest history museum at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science showcasing exhibits on the history, science and cultures of the lower Cape Fear region. Explore 42,000 square feet of exhibits at the state-of-the-art Cameron Art Museum featuring indoor and outdoor exhibits and a historic Civil War site. Hop aboard real train cars and learn about the history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and railroading in the southeastern United States at the Wilmington Railroad Museum, featuring interactive exhibits the whole family will love. Several other Wilmington museums and art galleries showcase a variety of historical exhibits, artwork, children’s exhibits and more. 


Enjoy live music at a variety of Wilmington’s intimate venues. Listen to popular musical acts outdoors in Greenfield Lake Park at the Hugh Morton Amphitheater, a scenic 1200-seat venue. Watch musicians showcase their talents in a 123-year old church at the Brooklyn Arts Center. A variety of other music venues and nightlife spots also offer intimate live performances featuring talented local and regional musicians.


As you're strolling Wilmington's River District, Greenfield Lake and more, view the many installations of pedestrian art in unexpected places.

Crimson Arcs and Large Watcher- Matt Amante (200 Willard St.)
Outdoor Vessel- Matt Amante (925 N. Fourth St.)
Up & Up- Carl Billingsley (125 Market St.)
Yellow Orbit and Oribts- Carl Billingsley (Northern Riverwalk)
Aura- Carl Billingsley (8th and Castle streets)
Double Wedge- Carl Billingsley (Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center)
Navigator and True North- Rick Conn (Northern Riverwalk)
Saxy- Jason Morris (TBD)
Without Prejudice- Paul Hill (210 Princess St.)


Permanent Pieces

Pelican- Dumay Gorham (Dock and Water Streets) 
Straining To Be- Paul Hill (209 N Front Street)
Light Before Time- Jeff Hackney (305 Chestnut Street)
Wind Harp- Phil Hathcock (502 N Front Street)
Southern Hospitality and Prey with Ease - Paul Hill (Foot of Market Street)