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Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

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Address: 303 Salisbury St W, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480-1819
Phone Number: 910-256-2569
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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A popular tour spot with beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

A popular tour spot with beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway.

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Great for Beach History

This is a well curated small museum. It is a former beach cottage set up the way they were when the beach first became popular. It has many photos and displays that show the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a well curated small museum. It is a former beach cottage set up the way they were when the beach first became popular. It has many photos and displays that show the history of the beach, the devastation from Hurricane Hazel and the Lumina and what life was like there decades ago. Takes about an hour to go... More 

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Thank Debbe A
Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Learn about the trolley that once was the main way to get to Wrightsville, the old cottages (not many left!), Lumina, the devastating fire, and the long-gone and wonderful way of life!

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Thank BeachMartie
Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

Definitely recommend stopping here. The original beach trolley car from 1920 was really exceptional. Staff was great too.

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Thank DaleTiffany1954
Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

Josh was our docent. He was very friendly, engaging, interesting, and had an encyclopedic amount of local knowledge. The museum itself is an original 1907 Tidewater Electric beach house that some forward thinking individual salvaged and moved from its ocean front location inland to its present location on Harbor Island. Pictures, artifacts, paintings, and models cram the interior rooms. Wrightsville... More 

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Thank sandrah609
Charlotte, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Max was our tour guide and he was wonderful, personable and oh so very knowledgeable about the area and the history. How nice it is that folks had the forethought to move this1909 cottage to the new location to serve as a welcome center of sorts to the historic Wrightsville Beach area. Much of the interior still furnished in the... More 

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Thank MGordonCharlotte_NC
Martinsburg, West Virginia
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

This is a small historical area museum. It's a great stop over if you never been to Wrightsville Beach. What makes this museum unique is the miniature model off the beach area in times gone by. The detail is really amazing. You can almost feel that you are transported back to the days when the beach had a trolley as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

Volunteer Anne S. was a gem both in her giving me island history, sharing her joy of all things Wrightsville Beach and telling me about the 125 journals that were left to the museum by a local couple who left a journal with pen for one-page entries by just anybody passing by. Lovely idea and intriguing journal content! Delightful stop... More 

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Thank cpwdesigns
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Museum is located in a quaint little cottage. Staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. I enjoyed viewing the historic furnishings and displays. Museum is located on the Wrightsville "loop" so it is convenient to stop in during your walk around the island.

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Sanford, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The museum offers a look at life on Wrightsville Beach in days gone by. With little cottages and tiny kitchens which is so different that the crowded island of today.

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Thank Adventurebiund
Lexington, Kentucky
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Great little museum that offers a view of the early days of Wrightsville Beach. Wish we still had these little cottages instead of the monster houses that dominate today.

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