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North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

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Address: 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461-3928
Phone Number: +1 910-457-0003
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MUST see museum

The Maritime Museum is designed very well and it's really interesting to see all the exhibits. There are some fun interactive exhibits.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
dpoin21
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Durham, North Carolina
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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Maritime Museum is designed very well and it's really interesting to see all the exhibits. There are some fun interactive exhibits.

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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is quite small in a prominent area along the waterfront and it does have some history and worth a visit.The waterfront area is also interesting and the town of Southport has a quaint old fashioned feel to it.

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Hemingway, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are not many attraction to see that are FREE anymore. If you like history you must stop by. You will enjoy.

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Wilsonville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016 via mobile

Excellent source of maritime history surrounding Southport. Nicely organized, lot of information, plus a real periscope to view the waters surrounding Southport. You can quickly see the pride and honor that goes into maintaining the museum.

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

This small, but very well done, museum is a good way to orient yourself to the considerable history of Southport, Brunswick County, and Cape Fear River. Be sure to start with the informative 6 minute video in the Museum's interesting historical library. The stunning model boat collection tracing the history of large boats from 3200BC to present is not to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

Was in Southport for a history trip of coastal areas. It was a fun and interesting area, plus great lunch at Fishy Fish. We weren't able to go on to Fort Fisher, weather did not cooperate.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I have been to the Maritime Museum quite a few times. The best thing about it is that IT IS FREE! I also loved that they have a scavenger hunt set up for kids to explore and find things around the museum. It was renovated this passed July and it is great! I definitely recommend stopping by if you're in... More 

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Southport, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

Small Museum in Southport, NC downtown. Some interesting things some not so. The Vol's are quite are very nice.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

A definite must see in Southport. Watch a 6 minute video of Southport's history. Many artifacts and very interesting. A special room that pays tribute to movies filmed in or near Southport....including my favorite, Safe Haven. There are many collectibles from the movie, including Katie's bike, the picture of the flying fish that Lexi drew for Katie and the doors... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

A trip to the Maritime Museum belongs on the must do list when visiting Southport or the nearby communities. This is a small, but well-done and information snapshot of how the people of this costal community and Cape Fear River and other bodies of water are so tightly entwined. You will find the staff gracious, welcoming and more than willing... More 

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