Museums - Brunswick County, NC

Museum of Coastal Carolina

Within Ocean Isle Beach of Brunswick County, North Carolina, is the only natural history museum located on a barrier island: the Museum of Coastal Carolina!

Only 15 minutes from Sunset Beach, NC, the Museum is located next to a playground and just a block away from the beach and pier. It is truly one the best full family activities on a budget!

Be sure to check your travel calendar and then check out their special Programs and Lectures series as well.


21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469


North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is one of three museums Under the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

The Southport branch focuses on the maritime history of the lower Cape Fear River, as well as some fairly amazing collections on shipwrecks, piracy, the Civil War, commercial fishing, hurricanes, and a number of other natural and manmade events on the North Carolina coast.

Regular and visiting exhibits, events year round and much more help make this a local treasure.

The museum is open year round, from Tuesday until Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and special groups or educators can request more information or tours by calling the museum directly.

The museum is free to the public, although donations are always accepted


204 E Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461


The Smith Island Museum of History

The Smith Island Museum of History is located in the "Keeper's Cottage" on Bald Head Island, North Carolina.

Visiting the Museum would definitely include a trip to Old Baldy, North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse.

Bald Head Island is only accessible by boat. The Bald Head Island passenger ferry in Southport, NC makes trips to and from the island daily.


101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461