North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, Southport

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The mission of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is to collect, preserve, and interpret material culture pertinent to the maritime history of the Lower Cape Fear region. For more information, visit

Please see our events calendar for Adult, children, and family programming available for all interests and abilities. For school groups and civic organizations that would like to schedule tours and programs, please call 910-477-5152.

The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free admission to the public. Donations appreciated.

One historic coast...Three unique museums!

In addition to the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport, the other two maritime museums include the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort and The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.
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  • This museum is adjacent to the visitor's center and a must see for history buffs. It details Southport and the region's really interesting history from Native Americans to blockade running in the...  more »
  • This is a great museum that one can visit in 30 minutes or so. Despite being a small museum, it's packed with lots of information (and collection of artifacts) about the maritime history of this...  more »
  • Pretty neat place and best of all its free. Informative and well laid out. Very friendly and helpful staff. Had scavenger hunt for kids which was a nice touch. It’s nice area around to walk about as well with fishing pier and benches to talk.
  • As an old retired NC history teacher, I found this museum fascinating! Exhibits were varied, well displayed and of interest to young children as well as adults. Admission was free, gift shop was reasonably priced. Allow 30-45 minutes for a quick visit, then kick back and watch the ships enter the Cape Fear!

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