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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 13 Attractions in Southport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Durham, North Carolina
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480 reviews 480 reviews
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303 helpful votes 303 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

It's a small place but they pack a lot of history into it. We usually go every year (while we are staying on Topsail Island) because they add new displays all the time. This time they had a display on local Elias Gore, a gentle giant (7'7") that they say never met a stranger. I really enjoyed reading about him.... More

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Friendsville, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Definitely worth wandering around. Lots of local history and interesting artifacts. Admission is free.

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Carrboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Good bit on the history of NC. Wish it have more info on all the Forts in the area, as they were part of the maratime trade and the storm history

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High Point
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288 reviews 288 reviews
115 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Nice smaller museum lot of nautical items Artifacts, gear, photographs , some replica's Staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly Plan on spending 2 to 3 hours Definitely some history here

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a nice little museum that gives visitors a good introduction to Southport. The exhibits cover everything from first settlement to present day hurricanes. And it is free!

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Cary, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Enjoyable time looking at old nautical gear, photos and artifacts. Worth the stop in to see the history of Southport. Must do is a look thru the periscope.

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Gibbstown, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The town of Southport is idyllic to begin with and the NC Maritime Museum drives the point home. We stopped in and were wowed by the history and the hospitality. The kids loved the scavenger hunt (simply finding/identifying items in the museum from a list).

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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72 reviews 72 reviews
9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My wife and I were in Southport for the weekend. Our host recommended the Maritime museum. We were glad we went and visited. It was very informative and interesting. Lots of artifacts and history of the watermen of the area. The periscope was cool too!

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is one of those great museums that sneaks up on you. At first our kids thought "great another boring history museum." They were wrong. They loved the scavenger hunt, and after we left they kept talking about the exhibits. This is like history meets American Pickers. Through the exhibits you learn about the history of the area and it's... More

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Fairfax, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Great place! Had never been and now I want to go back because I didn't have enough time to read it all. Everyone was very helpful and they even have a scavenger hunt.

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