The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts

Visitor Information

503 Market Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28401

Phone: 910-251-3700
Hours: Open Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 1pm - 5pm Guided tours run on the hour, with self-guided tours available other times. The last tour leaves the Carriage House at 4pm. Closed: Mondays New Year's Day Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day

National Trust for Historic Preservation Member Discount: 10% off regular admission.


The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.