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NC Maritime Museum Southport-Margaret Rudd & Associates

You can discover North Carolina's rich coastal heritage and culture with a stop at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. Here you'll find year-long exhibits and monthly events that children, families and nautical fans will love. Our REALTORS® recommend that those considering moving to the Southport area take a moment to visit this important local landmark. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., a trip to the Maritime Museum is sure to be a fun and engaging experience for everyone!

A Sea of History

As one of North Carolina's three state-sponsored maritime museums, the NC Maritime Museum at Southport highlights the history of the lower Cape Fear River. Their collection of artifacts display the history of the area dating back nearly 2,000 years. Exhibits on the history of maritime life, as well as relics from Southport life from the age of piracy through the Civil War and beyond, have made the NC Maritime Museum a treasured local landmark that visitors and locals cherish.

Upcoming Events February through May

  • Sensory Saturdays: 9-11 a.m., March 2nd April 6th
    On the first Saturday of each month in spring, the NC Maritime Museum hosts a sensory-friendly two hours of fun. The lights are dimmed, and the audio throughout the museum is turned off to provide a more relaxed environment. The February event, "You light up my life," features Valentine's Day car creation. March's event also features quiet creations, while April's Saturday takes visitors to the Sensory Sea.

  • Civil War Trust Park Day: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 6th
    Give back to Southport and join the cleanup crew to help keep the museum beautiful. Tend to the grounds, touch up areas of the museum's exterior with paint, and assist the museum staff and volunteers with various tasks around the site. Hot dog lunches will be provided to all children and adults who volunteer.

  • Salty Dog Saturdays: 5:30-7 p.m., April 6th | May 4th
    Sample tasty treats and learn about the history of seafood in the Southport area. Cheese and cracker trays are available with water and hot tea on hand. Feel free to bring your own beverage as well! April's sampling will be NC clam chowder, while May's will feature fish tacos.

  • Little Mariners: 2-3 p.m., May 22nd
    Offer your children the chance to discover the maritime world as they paint their own Maritime Masterpiece and learn about the sea.

  • National Maritime Day Celebration: 12 p.m.–3 p.m., May 25th
    Celebrate National Maritime Day on the Ft. Johnston Garrison Lawn with delicious food and fun activities as you learn about the exciting history of maritime life.

Southport Home Sales

The team at Margaret Rudd & Associates can't get enough of Southport's friendly residents, historical sites, and delicious seafood. If you're looking at Southport homes for sale, allow one of our agents to show you around town. Contact us today—we're sure you'll love Southport as much as we do!