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North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

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Address: 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461-3928
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+1 910-457-0003
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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North Carolina has a wonderful policy of making most of their state historical sights free of any admission, this is true with the Maritime Museum and many other attractions in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Trish S
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

North Carolina has a wonderful policy of making most of their state historical sights free of any admission, this is true with the Maritime Museum and many other attractions in the Cape Fear Area. It's a wonderful way to start your visit to this historic city!

Thank Trish S
Delray Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very historical Museum,a lot of interesting historical facts about the lower Cape Fear River area,worth a stop!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to bring your visiting family and friends, young and old for short walk through local history. Make a donation to keep this a viable local gem as there is no admission fee. Be sure to look through the periscope for an incredible view of the mouth of the Cape Fear River and Bald Head Island.

1 Thank Tim G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice museum with varied and interesting exhibits; children enjoyed periscope as did the adults; great option for a day when you need an indoor activity.

Thank mwebbFarmville
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the museum and learning more about the town's history and all that the waters surrounding it offered. Displays were nice to look at, and the periscope was fun to look around.

Thank ColoradoJojo
Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Very nice museum (free) with exhibits from the 1600s to current day. Good for all ages. Exhibits include pirate boats, Civil War blockade runners to German U Boats.

Thank markfarner58
New Jersey
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

this is a nifty little museum, filled with artifacts, and interesting exhibits. Some of the displays are interactive, and appealing to all ages. I liked that it made history seem more alive even to young visitors. Don't miss looking through the periscope! Free too!

Thank Kathleen P
Northern Va
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Reviewed 18 March 2017

We've been to the maritime museum in Beaufort many times and really liked it so when we went to Southport we wanted to go here and we weren't disapointed it was really excellent and we spent about an hour here they also have a nice small gift shop.

1 Thank Nevilledog
Southport, North Carolina
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

It is an nice small maritime museum. There are guides to explain some the items and tell stories about the ships that have been grounded off the shores.

1 Thank Trishasue47
Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

This museum is a gem - the exhibits are attractive and easy to follow, tracing the region's maritime history from prehistoric times to the present.

Thank valnieman

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