Programs & Events

November Programs

Walk on Wednesday

November 5, 10-11 a.m.walk on wednesday

"Fun on foot" is our mission. Once a month, The NC Maritime Museum at Southport brings educational and entertaining exercise to the Lower Cape Fear. Enjoy the outdoors and take pleasure in our "Salubrious Breezes," as we discover Southport's history, discussing the Shrimping & Menhaden industry, daring stories of blockade runners crossing the bar, pirates, pestilence, Hurricane Hazel and so much more. Tour meets at the Museum and last approximately an hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen. Bring a water bottle and prepare yourself for interactive walking. $5/ person. 204 East Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461. For further details call the Museum (910)457-0003.

bike tour at yacht basinHistorical Southport Bicycle Tour

November 15, 2:00 p.m.

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport has partnered with the Adventure Kayak Company to offer "Historical Southport Bicycle Tours." The guided tour will wind through live oak canopied streets and along the waterfront, incorporating local history. Participants will pedal past Fort Johnston, homes of Pilots and Blockade Runners, the Brunswick Inn, and the Old Yacht Basin, where several movies have been filmed. The tour is $25.00 per person, which includes use of bike and helmet. Bring your own bicycle and helmet and join the fun for $20. Space is limited. Advance registration is required. To register call The Adventure Kayak Company at 910-454-0607. Visit for details. 807 Howe Street, Southport, NC 28461

Third Tuesday Evening Adult Program, Celia Rivenbark

November 18, 7-9 p.m.  SOLD OUT!

Each year in November, humorist and columnist Celia Rivenbark returns to her Lower Cape Fear adopted home of Southport to make us laugh out loud uncontrollably. Please join us as she brings us to tears with her cultural comedy and political commentary.

The program will be held at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St., Southport. Program is free, but seats fill up quickly, please call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. 

December Programs

victorian christmas 2Victorian Holiday

December 6, 1-3 p.m.

The crackling of the fireplace and the smell of pine on the hearth can only mean one thing - it is yule time! Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for its popular program, "Victorian Holiday." Whether you are 9 or 90 years old, making unconventional holiday decorations is fun. Learn about the Victorian period when a young German prince unknowingly started a tradition and brought the Christmas tree into vogue.

Berlin meets Brunswick, as we add a little Southern charm to our program with pine cone decorating. Whether making spiders for good luck, or giving your birds a winter present for the yard, the fun will continue while enjoying eggnog and cookies. Appropriate for all ages; $3.00/person. Call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. 204 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461.


December 12, 11 a.m.,1:30 and 3:00 p.m.

costumed tours

Start your holiday season at Southport Winterfest in Historic Downtown Southport. Special events will be taking place throughout the town December 4-13.

As part of the Winterfest celebration, on December 12, the NC Maritime Museum at Southport will be giving special costumed interpreted tours of the exhibit gallery at 11 am, 1:30 and 3:00 pm.

Learn about the maritime heritage of the Lower Cape Fear with tours by a Victorian Lady, a Civil War Soldier, or Stede Bonnet the Gentleman Pirate. Colonial and Victorian holiday traditions will be discussed, as well as, the storm that almost stole Christmas: the wreck of The City of Houston, 1878.

The NC Maritime Museum is located at 204 E. Moore Street on the grounds of historic Fort Johnson. For more information call the Museum at 910-457-0003.

Southport Donation

Make a one-time donation specifically to the Maritime Museum at Southport. 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 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.


Volunteers are needed for the great times at the Maritime Museums. Share your love of history, culture and North Carolina's well-loved coast.  Each Museum offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, from working with children to helping with events.