Museum of Coastal Carolina, Ocean Isle Beach

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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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  • October 1, 2017
    Our family of 4 visited here September 30, 2017. (10 years old & 2 year old) There was something to interest everyone. They had a display explaining the tides at the beach. They had a few exhibits on ...  more »
  • September 3, 2017
    This is a relatively small but eclectic assemblage of artifacts and natural history related to coastal Carolina. If you are visiting any of the South Brunswick islands, it is a good way to spend a rai...  more »
  • August 31, 2017
    This museum was better than expected for a local small area. Very interesting exhibits and I especially like the live water tank where kids as well as adults can learn about the local sea creatures yo...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    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!
  • June 21, 2017
    Kind of pricy for what you see here. The live touch tank was fun for the kids though.
  • June 15, 2017
    Very nice, friendly staff. Will go again.
  • April 11, 2017
    A wonderful source of information and fun. My favorite part was the touch tank!
  • April 17, 2017
    Great place for young families. Offers more than you think...

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