CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center

CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, Kinston

CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center

CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center showcases the State’s largest historic artifact and state of the art exhibits. The remains of the CSS Neuse and the associated artifacts were relocated to a fully enclosed and climate controlled facility at 100 N. Queen Street on June 23, 2012. After years of planning and hard work the museum held its grand opening on March 7, 2015. The CSS Neuse was a Confederate Ironclad that was used in the Kinston, NC area during the Civil War. The ship was built at White Hall (now Seven Springs, NC) in 1862 and was completed in Kinston in 1864. The Gunboat was involved in the Battle of Wyse’s Forks (just outside of Kinston headed toward New Bern) before being scuttled by her own crew on March 11, 1865. The ship was recovered from the Neuse River by a few local men with help from the community between 1961-63. The State of North Carolina acquired control of the CSS Neuse in 1964 and the site officially opened in 1966 at 2612 W. Vernon Avenue.
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Denise P
3 contributions
Absolutely worth the drive!
Feb 2020 • Friends
I went with a group of friends today. The guide went over and above his job informing us of the history! He was obviously very passionate about his job/knowledge!
Written February 29, 2020
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We are so happy you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for taking the time to review our museum.
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Keith H
Kinston, NC100 contributions
What a cool place!
Feb 2020 • Solo
This museum is truly a sight to see when in Kinston. The Gunboat, once rotting at the bottom of the Neuse River has found its forever home on Queen St. Looking at it, you can really see how big this vessel is. Museum also has a well stocked gift shop. Come check her out for a great history piece.
Written February 25, 2020
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465terryb
6 contributions
small museum, fun for civil war fans
Feb 2020
Easy to do in 1-2 hours with informative posters and maps and some artifacts Small admission charge. It complements the CSS Neuse model that is a few blocks away. It is helpful to see both for a better understanding.
Written February 12, 2020
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GBRjeep
Chapel Hill, NC35 contributions
Great Museum
Jan 2020 • Couples
What a great museum, the way the CSS Neuse is displayed is amazing and really shows how big this ship really is. Plenty of information and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable well worth a visit if you are passing Kinston at at $5 per adult very cheap, we donated an Extra $10 for a very good cause.
Written January 25, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Please follow us on social media. Thank you for your donation, and have a great day!
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Eric B
Salcha, AK3,299 contributions
A glimpse into local history and how the Civil War moralalized Kinston
Dec 2019 • Family
The last of the iron class, and the city of Kinston is blessed to display the CSS Neuse. The museum is beautifully organized with the CSS Neuse reminents in the center. Learn its history and the people the supported the vessel. Worth definately the visit.
Written December 17, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to review our museum. We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit!
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Jack L
East Syracuse, NY720 contributions
The remains of a Confederate ironclad.
Sep 2019
The remains are mostly the ship's keel & part of the hull's sides, no guns, engine, rudder or propeller. For 99 years the Neuse sat on the bottom of the Neuse River while people slowly picked the ironclads clean. The Neuse is now in an environment controlled climate where the hull safe. If just a hull a visit might be a waste of time, however there is much to read, plenty of photos, a few paintings and part of replica just yards away.

After admission-$5.00- is a small theater that shows a 10 minute video discussing the Neuse construction, limited combat time, destruction, recovery and moving to the permanent site. Met three staff members who very polite & helpful.

Will give a brief run down besides the Neuse-Transportation, A Question of Green Wood, White Hall Wonder, Confederate Dilemma, A Radical Naval Experience, Ironclads In North Carolina, Beautiful Deception-civilian women spies-Legacy of Iron and Who Owned The Neuse? Other subjects include Religion. Labor, Economy, Local African Americans, Women & Children, Classes Of People, Clothing & Home Front. Not all subjects are related to The Neuse, however these subjects are part of the museum.

Flash photography is allowed, yet even with a flash the hull is some what in the dark, the only dark area. The museum is lower & upper floors. From the upper level a visitor can get an excellent view of the ship's length, width & height. Since only the hull is available. a white railing is in place to give an idea of the ship's outline and where the cannon ports are.

There is a small gift shop with several books about The Neuse, civil war & area towns connected with the war.

There is street parking on North Queen Street, with free free parking available off 101-103 South Heritage Street one block west. Any person with an interest in the American civil war should enjoy a visit. No large crowds. Museum is closed on Sunday & Monday. The Neuse 11 is at most a 10 minute walk to the northwest on North Heritage Street.

A slow & lengthy visit is recommended.
Written November 1, 2019
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CNH_TN
Rock Hill, SC41 contributions
Great museum
Oct 2019
This museum is absolutely beautiful. Clean and very well done. We learned a great deal about the CSS Neuse and the river battles along the SE coast. Would highly recommend a visit there.
Written October 13, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review and positive feedback!
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KW4CZ
Greensboro, NC53 contributions
Quest to visit all North Carolina's Historic Sites
Sep 2019
One Word : OUTSTANDING !! I would rate this a one of the top 5 NC Historic Sites. Two story museum of fascinating history and artifacts. Well the worth time to explore and learn. Highly recommend you watch the Free video of this historic Ship of War.
Written September 30, 2019
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Thank you so much for your positive review!! We hope you visit us again soon!
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Susan Lewin D
Saint Helena Island, SC40 contributions
Fascinating!
Aug 2018 • Couples
Took about 90 minutes to tour. Local Civil War history but very well done! The recovered boat was fascinating as well as information on how the recovery was done. Well worth a stop on your visit to this fun little town.
Written July 18, 2019
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Thank you so much for taking the time to review our site. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit. Please follow us on social media for up to date information on future programming and events. Have a great day!
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Ewoks
Raleigh, NC15 contributions
Interesting Museum on a topic I knew little about
Jul 2019 • Couples
Friendly host who recommended we watch the short 10 minute film first, glad we did! I knew nothing about the iron clad ships from the Civil War. Our “host” was very knowledgeable, and took time to answer questions, even researching an answer to a question that stumped him. Well worth the very nominal fee to get in!
Written July 3, 2019
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