Learn about North Carolina’s history and cultural contributions by visiting any one of its local museums.
Marine Museum of the Carolinas
824 Gum Branch Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-937-0033
The design of the first phase of the Marine Museum of the Carolinas was presented in May 2016, along with the unveiling of the eagle, globe and anchor statue that will adorn the Reflection and Celebration Park grounds at Lejeune Memorial Gardens. Plans for the museum are moving forward after a 17-year delay. Visit the website for updates.
Missiles and More Museum
720 Channel Blvd.
Topsail Beach, NC 28460 910-328-8663
The Missiles and More Museum came to life with a group of citizens concerned about the future of the historic Assembly Building. The building, constructed 1946, was used by the government to assemble missiles for a secret operation on Topsail Island. The museum currently houses exhibits focusing on Barrier Island, Camp Davis, Operation Bumblebee, pirates and WASPs (Women Air Force Service Pilots). Hours vary by season. See the website for details.
Onslow County Museum
301 S. Wilmington St.
Richlands, NC 28574 910-324-5008
The Onslow County Museum rolls out the rich heritage of Onslow County and the surrounding area in two galleries and a research room in continuously changing historical and contemporary exhibits.
USS North Carolina Battleship
1 Battleship Road
Wilmington, NC 28401 910-251-5797
The USS North Carolina Battleship, docked across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk its decks and envision the daily life and fierce combat the crews faced during numerous World War II battles. You will encounter stories about men from all walks of life in their oral histories, photographs and mementos on the ship and through its exhibits.
Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt St.
Wilmington, NC 28401 910-763-2634
Looking for something new and exciting to do with your children? Visit the Wilmington Railroad Museum where you’ll find a great collection of fun, educational displays, a Thomas the Train play area and more than 20 operating model trains. Hours vary by season.