North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Maritime museum focusing on the history of local waterways plus exhibits on piracy, shipwrecks & storms. The Mission of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is to collect, preserve and interpret material culture pertinent to the maritime history of the Lower Cape Fear region.
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mp_traveler2021
North Carolina1,660 contributions
Oct 2020
This is a great museum that one can visit in 30 minutes or so.

Despite being a small museum, it's packed with lots of information (and collection of artifacts) about the maritime history of this area.

There is no fee to visit the museum, but donations are appreciated.

Highly recommended to anyone visiting Southport.
Written November 24, 2020
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loriicenhour
Box Springs, GA285 contributions
Dec 2021
I loved that they had a scavenger hunt for the kids. They weren't very interested in the history but having the scavenger hunt helped us enjoy the museum and the kids had a good time too. They even received "pirate gold" for finishing their hunt.
Written January 10, 2022
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elandja
Apex, NC553 contributions
Mar 2021
This museum is adjacent to the visitor's center and a must see for history buffs. It details Southport and the region's really interesting history from Native Americans to blockade running in the Civil War to the coast guard station and lighthouses. The only challenge was the building was so humid it became a bit uncomfortable and we needed to leave.
Written April 10, 2021
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Jackstraw1_12
Southport, NC191 contributions
Apr 2022
A wonderful museum...Southport is lucky to have it. The history is fascinating and the exhibits are beautifully displayed. The museum has one of two or three Type 14 Periscopes used on the USS DOLPHIN, AGSS555, a deep diving research and development submarine. Fascinating to look through and train it up the river. Flip you hat around for a true 'John Wayne' moment.

Wonderful experience that should be enjoyed by all. Please support them and become a member!
Written June 22, 2022
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Mandy R
Alburtis, PA109 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
A great place for those that love history and want to cool off from the southern heat! It shows a lot of history of Southport and surrounding Areas as well as the wars that took place. My favorite part is looking out I'd the ship telescope and actually looking at the boats in the water at the present time! It's super neat to me..I also like the section that talked about hurricane and the damage they they have done... It was neat to see it in perspective... The icing of the cake is it is free to enter!
Written September 11, 2021
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Frank C
Southport, NC11 contributions
Oct 2019
This was a nice way to educate oneself on the maritime history of the area. A few interactive exhibits gave the stroller a hands-on experience in a relatively small space. The coverage of the exhibits was wide ranging including hurricane intensity/damage, treatment of immigrants, fishing areas, shipwreaks, priates, and local lore. It took about an 1 1/2 hours to slowly experience all the exhibits. The setting of the museum on the Cape Fear River adds to the sea fearing environment. One could almost hear the waves splashing on a boat and being boarded by pirates. Not a lot of bells and whistles, but the museum was well worth it.
Written March 5, 2020
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PJ1328461
Southport, NC12 contributions
Sep 2020
An outstanding museum to learn about the important history of the Southport marine area. Displays are updated frequently with new and interesting historical facts. Film gives a great intro into the area. Worth the visit and it's free - PLEASE DONATE to keep the museum a part of our community.
Written September 30, 2020
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Holly G
30 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Great local museum of coastal history. Lived visiting this museum. It is small, and doesn't take much time to visit but it is packed of great history items. Definitely stop by when you are in town.
Written March 26, 2022
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Suzanne35691
Bloomington, IL185 contributions
Jun 2022
We visited this little museum before heading over to Holden Beach and are glad we did. Both my husband and I found the history of the area fascinating. Really great displays for its size. There is a scavenger hunt for the kids to keep them interested. Free but accepts donations.
Written June 21, 2022
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D J
Russellville, AR304 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
The museum is free but accepts donations. It has a selection of history that covers a timeline from the 1700’s through the civil war and beyond. There are specimens from ship wrecks and even a neat periscope from a retired research sub that you can use to check out the port.
Written June 28, 2018
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  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM