North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
Southport, North Carolina stands at one of the world's crossroads, where the mighty Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean.
Her past is tied to both the river and the sea. It is a story of exploration, piracy and commerce; of pilotage, salvage and fishing.
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport tells the story of the Cape Fear region's people and their relationship to the water... a tale of tides, wind and ocean.
"Come Grow With Us"
Phase II Expansion Capital Campaign
Phase II Needs
Education, interpretation and preservation are the foundations of the mission of the Maritime Museum. As the Museum grows in patronage and collections, expansion is imperative.
Phase II of our $305,000 Capital Campaign will add 2,500 square foot of space to our Moore Street facility on the historic Fort Johnston site. The addition will house an exhibit construction workshop, create archival and exhibit storage space to properly care for artifacts and materials, expand our classroom and meeting space with a new multi-purpose room, add new restroom facilities for greater ease of access, provide a media room adjunct to our library to enhance the study of our collection of Southport residents' oral histories, and relocate offices to improve traffic flow for visitors and staff.
Impact and Benefits
Since relocating to our current home, we have seen attendance double to nearly 50,000 visitors annually, coming from all 50 states and 39 countries. Outreach efforts and traveling exhibits extend our ability to share maritime history and culture with nearly 90,000 children and adults each year. The Museum is a Point of Destination and economic driver for the entire Cape Fear region and surrounding areas.
The Phase II expansion will allow more classroom and exhibit wall space, help us preserve and protect priceless artifacts, and allow us to offer access to audio and visual research materials in convenient and learning-conducive spaces.
How You Can Help
Give a gift of cash or stock.
Pledge a monthly amount to be charged to your credit or debit card.
Donate materials or labor to help build the new addition.
Host a neighborhood fund raising event, such as a cocktail party or dinner for potential donors.
The Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donors may deduct contributions as provided in Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-807-2214. The license is not an endorsement by the State.