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CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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small museum, fun for civil war fans

Easy to do in 1-2 hours with informative posters and maps and some artifacts Small admission... read more

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A glimpse into local history and how the Civil War moralalized Kinston

The last of the iron class, and the city of Kinston is blessed to display the CSS Neuse. The... read more

Reviewed December 17, 2019
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Reviewed December 17, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Governor Richar... M, Program Coordinator at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2020

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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Reviewed November 1, 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.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Governor Richar... M, Program Coordinator at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our site. We appreciate your positive feedback!

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Reviewed October 13, 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.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Governor Richar... M, Program Coordinator at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2020

Thank you so much for your review and positive feedback!

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Reviewed September 30, 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.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Governor Richar... M, Program Coordinator at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your positive review!! We hope you visit us again soon!

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Reviewed July 18, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Governor Richar... M, Program Coordinator at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2019

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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