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Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach

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Natural History 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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  • I was very impressed with the quality of this little museum/nature center. I went specifically for the shell identification class. I was so impressed by their collection/display of shells and other oc...  more »
  • Very interesting exhibits, covering ocean and shore animal life, some history, some ecology, and a touch pool for the kids (and adults). Some unique displays, well done.  more »
  • Each year we go we take away a new detail about OIB. Family friendly and a nice place to cool off in.  more »
  • 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...
  • Coolest little museum to visit we go every year and it's been 9 they have different things each time and they have little craft type classed also
  • It's a lively local museum with interesting exhibits, especially for kids.