"Come Grow With Us"

As the Museum grows in patronage and collections, expansion is imperative. Phase II of our Capital Campaign will add 2,500 square foot of space. The addition will house an exhibit construction workshop, create archival and exhibit storage, expand our classroom and meeting space with a new multi-purpose room, add restroom facilities, and provide a media room. Please help support the Museum's expansion and "Come Grow With Us."

Southport Your Hometown

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

costumed toursSouthport- 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

Victorian Holiday, December 6, 1 - 3 p.m.

victorian christmas 2Southport- 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.

Halloween Ghost Ship

October 25, 1-3 p.m.

Southport - Mariners of all ages will enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates, and other mysteries along the Lower Cape Fear at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. Get into the spirit as you design and create trick or treat bags, send secret messages through ghost writing, and sit on a pine coffin to have your silhouette immortalized during shadow drawing. Enjoy hauntingly good refreshments with the other goblins and ghouls and perhaps even a ghost of Brunswick's past! Appropriate for all ages; $3.00/person. Call the Museum at (910)457-0003 to register. 204 E. Moore St. Southport, NC 28461.

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.