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North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
204 E. Moore St.
Ft. Johnston
Southport, NC 28461

(910) 477-5150

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is located on the historic grounds of Fort Johnston and overlooks the confluence of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and education of Lower Cape Fear maritime cultural and natural history. From the indigenous people who fished in dug-out canoes to the men and women who pilot vessels today, this rich 300-year history in inextricably tied to the surrounding waterways. Boat models, scavenger hunts, knot tying, and an operational periscope are just a few of the activities that will interest people of all ages in addition to interactive touchscreen displays. The museum hosts an adult lecture series, children summer camps, exploration excursions and summer family fun for everyone. Rotating exhibits during the winter months keep visitors returning for new and exciting interpretation. School groups, civic organizations, and scouts can schedule tours and activities for all age groups and abilities. From Girl Scout Maritime Day to creating Civil War ironclads, the museum can meet your educational needs. The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9 AM until 5 PM. Call for more information or visit the website to plan your trip today.


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