North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport

Southport, NC

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Address: 204 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461, USA Number: (910) 477–5151 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

There is so much history on the land, that sometimes you forget about the history that can be found in the oceans!

North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport lets kids journey through the fascinating history of North Carolina, particularly Southport.

Southport is actually an important crossroad in the ocean world, as it's where the might Cape Fear River meets with the gran Atlantic Ocean - which means the past is tied to both the ocean and the river. 

Piracy, plotting, sabotage, fishing, exploration and commerce - what a history!

There are a ton of things for kids to experience, explore and learn from at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport. Check out the 2,000 year old Indian canoe fragment! Can you imagine that it's lasted all this time? 

How do you feel when you read Pirate Stede Bonnet's plea for clemency? How do you feel when you realise that it was all in vain and he was shortly after hanged? What a horrible time to live in! 

There are artefacts from the Civil War, and an extensive collection of ship models. Get right up close and check out the detail - can you imagine working on one of those ships? Knowing every rope and piece of wood like the back of your hand? Having to navigate it in the rough seas? 

Look through periscopes, check out the City of Houston shipwreck, and learn about hurricanes and how they affect those out on the oceans. You can even watch the War of 1812 come alive! 

The North Carolina Maritime Museum Southport also have a host of events across the year, from walks, cruises and historical events, so keep an eye out on what's happening and make sure you don't miss out on any that your family might love!

All aboard - it's time to set sail into maritime history! 

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How much does it cost?



Free! But donations appreciated



Same as adult


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Any top tips?


The museum is closed on most state holidays.

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grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!

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Where is it at?


Set sail for 204 E Moore St in Southport! Watch out for those pirates!

Teachers corner


The museum is a great place for students to go and learn about history in a very hands-on way. They have curriculum topics based on pirates, the Civil War, and the people and the sea to name a few. They offer outreach programs, as well as fun summer camps for kids!

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Give them a call to ask about the accessibility

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Baby Facilities

There is a family restroom with a changing table

When can we go?

Open 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

Open year round, closed Mondays and Sundays

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