Smith Island Museum, Bald Head Island

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
HOURS: MONDAY-SATURDAY 9 TO 5; SUNDAY 11 TO 5. No tickets sold a half hour prior to closing.

North Carolina's oldest lighthouse is owned and operated by the Old Baldy Foundation, a 501c3 not for profit organization. The proceeds from the admission into the lighthouse and museum go to historic preservation projects. Come experience a self-guided tour to the top. 108 steps, 5 landings, and a ship's ladder to the top for a breathtaking view of the beautiful surroundings.
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  • This small museum at the base of the lighthouse was very informative. I enjoyed learning about lighthouses, variations, the people who worked there, etc. Very cool to see the original charter...  more »
  • This is a small museum, but packed full of interesting facts. We opted to go after we had climbed Old Baldy, but you can go before as well. Lots of interesting artifacts. Don't miss the gift shop...  more »
  • On a recent trip to Bald Head our family of three took a historic island tour organized through the lighthouse and it was phenomenal! We were picked up straight off the ferry and given a comprehensive tour of the island. Cold water, bug spray, and sunscreen were all provided and the water was a must on a super hot summer day. Our tour guide, Travis, was absolutely amazing. He had great knowledge and history of the island and answered everyone’s questions with patience and detail. The tour lasted two plus hours and covered all the highlights of the whole island. It ended at the lighthouse grounds where we were able to visit the museum and climb the lighthouse. The best way to make the most of a day trip to the island.
  • Great visit! We all climbed to the top, even 4 year old! Wonderful view from the top, nice museum. Reasonable price. A great outing for the entire family. I would recommend it!

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