Exhibits Department

The NC Maritime Museum at Southport branch focuses on the maritime history of the lower Cape Fear River. The permanent exhibits and educational programming focus on fisheries, shipwrecks, hurricanes, and military conflicts ranging from piracy to World War II.


“The Sea Shall Not Have Them”
Opened May 25, 2019
From the formation of the US Revenue Cutter Service, to its merging with the US Life-Saving Service, to the absorption of the US Lighthouse Service, all pieces of the United States Coast Guard can be seen from the museum. Learn how a breeches buoy worked or how lighthouses were demolished. This one-of-a-kind exhibit sheds light on the only branch of the military that is not in the Department of Defense.