CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, Kinston

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The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center showcases the State’s largest historic artifact and state of the art exhibits. The remains of the CSS Neuse and the associated artifacts were relocated to a fully enclosed and climate controlled facility at 100 N. Queen Street on June 23, 2012. After years of planning and hard work the museum held its grand opening on March 7, 2015.

The CSS Neuse was a Confederate Ironclad that was used in the Kinston, NC area during the Civil War. The ship was built at White Hall (now Seen Springs, NC) in 1862 and was completed in Kinston in 1864. The Gunboat was involved in the Battle of Wyse’s Forks (just outside of Kinston headed toward New Bern) before being scuttled by her own crew on March 11, 1865. The ship was recovered from the Neuse River by a few local men with help from the community between 1961-63. The State of North Carolina acquired control of the CSS Neuse in 1964 and the site officially opened in 1966 at 2612 W. Vernon Avenue.
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  • We spent two hours at this museum. We started with a 30 minute film showing the history of the ironclad. Then we proceed to the museum which is two stories of not only the raised ironclad Neuse but....  more
    We spent two hours at this museum. We started with a 30 minute film showing the history of the ironclad. Then we proceed to the museum which is two stories of not only the raised ironclad Neuse but....  more »
  • Amazing place to visit. The staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable on all history subjects. Great details that lead up to the main exhibit. A must-see. 
    Amazing place to visit. The staff is very accommodating and knowledgeable on all history subjects. Great details that lead up to the main exhibit. A must-see.  more »
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  • Wow! This little museum is great! The CSS Neuse itself is something to see, and the accompanying exhibits and narrative material are just fabulous. The frame of the missing superstructure is dramatic, and a nice touch. Excellent introductory film, too. It's surely worth the time and the modest admission fee if you're near Kinston. We especially enjoyed talking with the intern from ECU.
  • Surprisingly well-developed and educational museum. Loads of interesting information put into an easy-to-grasp perspective that ties in well with the Civil War in general. Definitely some parts of the history that isn't always covered well. Worth the visit, be sure to check out the full-size wooden replica CSS Neuse II a few blocks away for an idea of the size

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