Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina

Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina

As you step into the Museum of Coastal Carolina, you will become enveloped in an atmosphere of curiosity and wonder. Nestled in the picturesque coastal town of Ocean Isle Beach, this museum offers an immersive experience that blends education, adventure, and natural beauty. McClure Realty Vacations has a dreamy selection of vacation rentals in Ocean Isle Beach, NC, perfect for hosting your stay in this idyllic coastal region nestled between Myrtle Beach, SC, and Wilmington, NC. 

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The Wonderful Things To Do at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is one of the many gems in Ocean Isle Beach, with fun events throughout the year. They also regularly bring in local experts on Outer Banks history and coastal environment for the Sandbar Lectures. Below are some highlights of their stunning collection of galleries about the natural history, culture, and environment of the Coastal Carolinas. 

  • Ingram Lobby: This gallery includes portraits of the Museum of Coastal Carolina founders, a map of Fort Caswell in 1865, and Civil War artifacts.

  • Changing Tides Gallery: Some of the treasures you'll find in this gallery include shark teeth, an augmented reality sandbox, and wave machines that demonstrate how the tides are impacted based on the Sun, Earth, and Moon position.

  • Waterways Gallery: Head to this gallery at the Museum of Coastal Carolina to explore a shipwrecks exhibit, an aquarium teeming with live sea animals, a North Carolina River Basins exhibit, live non-venomous snakes, and an insect exhibit complete with magnifiers for an up-close view. 

  • Sea Shore Gallery: Gander at a collection of over 200 sea shells, a 225-gallon aquarium demonstrating a NC hard bottom reef, a fossil collection, a lion fish exhibit, and a touch tank with live sea animals. 

  • Ocean Reef Gallery: At the Museum of Coastal Carolina, you can embark on an adventure through life-sized models of reefs that might exist 65 miles off the NC coast. This reef will be complete with life-sized models of sharks, whales, sea turtles, and more!

  • Coastal Plain Gallery: Stroll through this gallery featuring a waterfowl habitat, Native American tools, dugout canoes, and a diorama of John Reid's bird egg collection in the 1860s.

  • Barrier Island Gallery: Gaze in wonder at a changing exhibit of artwork by local artists, an interactive exhibit where you can design/color a sea creature for the virtual aquarium and model ships.

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