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April 15, 2020

Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina, North Carolina's only natural history museum on a barrier island. Experience coastal nature for the fun of it! Standing on the ocean floor would be a wonderful way to experience the marine environment up close. Visitors to this museum can do the next best thing, walk through the Ocean Reef. This seascape diorama is home to life-sized models of sharks, dolphins, game fish, octopus and crustaceans. Explore the shark jaws and Megabites! exhibit.

Ocean Reef Exhibit

Touch live sea creatures in the Sea Shore Gallery's touch tank stocked with sea stars, whelks, sea anemones, spider crabs, hermit crabs, an assortment of fish and more. Identify your beach treasures at the Carolina Shells exhibit, an extensive collection of more than 200 shells. 

Walk through the dune in the Legacy of the Loggerhead exhibit to watch a video filmed on Ocean Isle Beach about the life cycle of loggerhead sea turtles. 

Hands-on exhibits and extensive wildlife dioramas depict the plants and animals that live in the Green Swamp, barrier islands and coastal plain. Visit the museum gift shop, Nature's Treasures, where you will find an abundance of educational and entertaining gifts and vacation mementos. 

Deer dioramas

Conveniently located beside a playground and a block from the beach and fishing pier, the museum hosts special family programs during the summer and activities throughout the year. Make advance reservations for school groups and tour groups. Rent the museum for your special function. Family vacation passes, memberships and volunteer opportunities are available. Programs and hours change seasonally, so visit the website for up-to-date information.

Museum of Coastal Carolina

21 East Second Street

Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

910.579-1016 or 910.575-0033