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North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

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Address: 204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461
Phone Number: 910-457-0003
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Free, educational and manageable in an hour

Very well presented, descriptive and some interactive displays. Easy to do in an hour or less. Some displays do have a lot to read. Gift shop is small and limited

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Clifton, New Jersey
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132 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Given there isn't that much to commemorate, they have done a nice job. Excellent staff and easily done in less than an hour. Certainly worth doing if you're within a block or two of the location.

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Thank coeurdelion
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37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well presented, descriptive and some interactive displays. Easy to do in an hour or less. Some displays do have a lot to read. Gift shop is small and limited

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Thank Scott W
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Southport Museum is FREE! It is close enough to walk to the river, to the swings, and to shops. This museum also has a fascinating collection of items which have to do with the sea. In the summer there are "camps" that are half day for the younger set. If you are visiting the area or Oak Island, give the... More 

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Thank Karen W
Southport, North Carolina
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

The staff is friendly, the exhibits wonderful. You can spend hours or just visit for a short time. The kids love it and grandparents can get surprise or two.

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Thank coastymom
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29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

It is filled with a display of ships, boats, and other nautical items including a short history of pirates and a working periscope. The periscope works in a full 360 degrees providing a nice view of the water and surrounding area. It is worth the stop and within a few feet of the visitor center which is a must visit.

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Thank Frank K
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

Southport Maritime Museum is a great way to learn some of the fascinating history of the lower Cape Fear river region. It has lots of artifacts and even a real WWII submarine periscope. The people here are very enthusiastic and helpful, and it's free.

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Thank Ray C
Burlington, North Carolina
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

It is a great compromise for the kids to permit Grandma to visit Southport's collection of antique stores and delightful shops. The museum has lots of Civil War stuff, pirate stuff, hands on interactive stuff, great tour guides who volunteer AND a working sub periscope that pokes through the roof and permits a view of the Harbor. I have seen... More 

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Thank Maurie113
North Carolina
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This is a nice collection of exhibits organized well. I leaned a little history. I suspect the staff is volunteer, and they are exceptionally friendly. They even have a "scavenger hunt" for the kids where they have to find certain objects among the exhibits. Admission is free, but they do have a donations box by the guest register.

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Thank Dan-NC2
Jamestown, North Carolina
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36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The NC Maritime Museum is a great place to learn about the NC coast line and how the lighthouses were used to save ships. Just a really cool place to learn things

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Southport, North Carolina
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The Maritime Museum has wonderful displays of seagoing and related items. The operational WWII periscope is particularly interesting. Admission to the museum is free and donations are accepted. It is small enough to visit quickly, but with enough displays to make you want to linger.

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