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North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461
910-457-0003
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Ranked #1 of 9 attractions in Southport
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
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Buckhorn, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We noticed a long long tubular box outside of the museum and were advised that it housed the submarine periscope which had been installed into the museum. Of course we had to investigate further. What a wonderful museum. The knowledgeable volunteers who assist are charming. Much to see and enjoy and a great break from shopping. To be able to... More

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I confess to loving local museums. There's really no better way to pick up the local flavor. This one is nicely organized and tells the area's history very well. The collection of model boat is impressive and staff is very friendly.

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Smithtown, NY
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

I liked their attention to historical details, and their exhibit on locations used for recent filming of movies and tv shows in Southport.

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Southport, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

There are only a few Maritime Museums in North Carolina and this one is FABULOUS!!! The exhibits are exceptional! There is incredible value and worth every second. And to make it even better, it is free. You can make a donation if you'd like but there is no pressure at all. I highly recommend the NC Maritime Museum at Southport!!!... More

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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

This Maritime Museum is a hidden gem! So much to see and learn about the maritime history in Southport and Wilmington. Great exhibits and very interactive for children. The best thing is it's FREE! A must-visit, if you are in the area.

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Caswell Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This is a great place for adults and children. The museum has a wonderful location at the mouth of the Cape Fear River as it flows into the Atlantic. It is adjacent to historic Fort Johnston and the Southport Visitor Center. Check out the museum event calendar while you are there, you may be fortunate enough to be able to... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was our first visit and found this small museum informative and well organized, with very friendly staff. It is very conveniently situated on the main street near the water front, and next to the Visitor Centre. Among the displays, the museum has a periscope with a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, and a lot of maritime information.... More

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Ohio
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Visited the museum while in Southport, NC. It was very clean and organized. The exhibits were well organized and they have a working periscope in the building which you can look out 360 degrees above the building. The staff was friendly and informed. I would recommend visiting this if you are in Southport NC.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Nice museum, small but informative. Nice gift shop. Easy to find, it is on a main street, next to the visitor center.

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Naples, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

A free gem in southport. Efficiently laid out museum with lots of interesting displays and a great periscope. Learn how the term Tar Heel came about.

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