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Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach

(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We were most impressed with the selection of items in this small museum, for a reasonable price. A touch tank was fun for adults and kids, and the displays were thoughtfully presented.  more »
  • Our young nephews enjoyed visiting this museum, affiliated with the planetarium. Kid friendly with some hands on activities.  more »
  • My wife and I seldom pass a museum. She is a retired museum professional and I am just a museum aficianado. So, we see a lot of them. This museum surprised us. It's relatively new, well laid out with ...  more »
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  • Great little museum! Really enjoyed the touch pool. Definitely worth a stop!
  • What a wonderful museum! Staff was very knowledgable and great with inquisitive children! Thank you for a fun day!
  • Very fun and educational place to visit. Kids seem to really enjoy it the most. Their turtle watch program is the highlight.
  • A great place to check out and share with young children. A supporter of the Military. Will visit again..
  • My first experience going to my home state of North Carolina beachs. very pleasantly surprised to know our state has so much to offer without all the hustle and bustle. I had a very enjoyable experience at the museum. Very informative, Loved it. Definitely go again.