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Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach

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Natural History Museum Museum
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is a natural history museum located at Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Animal exhibits include an aquarium and a touch tank with live sea animals, shells, fossils, insects, a display about sharks, live snakes, bird dioramas and an ocean reef diorama that includes life-sized models of whales, sharks, sea turtles and rays. Other exhibits include river basins, the effects of storm water runoff and beach litter on the water's ecology, barrier islands and tides. The museum also includes displays of local and maritime history, including shipbuilding and area Native Americans.The museum offers afternoon and evening programs and special lectures, including area efforts to protect sea turtles.The Board of Trustees of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. is the governing body of the Ingram Planetarium, located 4 miles away in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, as well as the Museum of Coastal Carolina.
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  • Great rainy day or evening activity at Ocean Isle Beach. Quite a bit to see and read about. There is a touch tank with live sea life (horse shoe crabs, sea urchins, star fish, etc). I enjoy the classe...  more »
  • The museum is a bit old, but still contains tons of great info. My 9 year old found it really interesting. It took us 1 hour to see the whole thing. So it was a bit pricey for what it was, but we enjo...  more »
  • My family was staying in OIB and this museum was only a couple blocks away. This is a good place for kids and adults. It is also affiliated with Ingram Planetarium a few miles away. Your admission to ...  more »
  • What a neat attraction with a lot of interesting exhibits! Once inside, it contains more than I expected. The touch tank was a neat experience for our young toddler, and he also really enjoyed the room that had puzzles, books, and puppets. I was really impressed with the exhibit hall that showcased life-sized ocean animals and learned new things. Each employee and volunteer that we encountered was incredibly friendly and knowledgable. This was a great activity for a very hot afternoon!
  • Kind of pricy for what you see here. The live touch tank was fun for the kids though.
  • Very nice, friendly staff. Will go again.
  • A wonderful source of information and fun. My favorite part was the touch tank!
  • Great place for young families. Offers more than you think...

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