The Cameron Art Museum was established in 1964 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Formerly known as St. John?s Museum of Art, the museum operated successfully in the downtown area for forty years. In the 1990?s, the St. John?s Museum was in need of better environmental conditions and expanded space. In 1997, the Museum trustees launched a campaign and began to search for a new building site. After exhausting efforts to secure a property in the downtown area, the newly-named Cameron Art Museum opened at the intersection of south 17th and Independence Streets, located between the downtown and beach communities. The museum?s new facility has allowed the construction of three exhibition areas along with lecture and reception hall. In addition, it has a space for outdoor exhibits, a clay studio, and an arts education center.
The Cameron Art Museum is committed in educating in the arts and presents exhibitions and public programs of both historical and contemporary significance. The museum also presents lively, ongoing programs for the family and children each month.