Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington

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Military Museum Museum
Explore the decks and hear stories about the most decorated U.S. Battleship of World War II. Battleship NORTH CAROLINA was built using the latest shipbuilding technology of the time and participated in every major naval offensive of the Pacific Theater. A self-guided tour will take you to nine decks, gun turrets, living quarters, and a surgical clinic. Learn about individuals who served on the ship from oral histories, photographs, and mementoes. Read the Roll of Honor to see names of North Carolinians who died serving in World War II. The ship is not air-conditioned, and you will be walking a lot, so bring a bottle of water. To visit Battleship NORTH CAROLINA on your trip to Wilmington, use our Wilmington trip itinerary builder.
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  • Best ever battleship self guided tour. There are not many places on this ship you can't go. Up, down, in and out with so many historical explanations and pictures you could spend hours there just goin...  more »
  • We had a couple hours to kill before we left Wilmington so we did the tour. Very hot day so we cut it short a bit but very well worth it. Museum did a great job preserving the history and telling the ...  more »
  • 3 BIG cranes, pile drivers, lots of workers, distracts from the experience. The inside of the ship sounded like a drum when the pile driver started up. Nice enough but no warning about construction. E...  more »
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  • Stepping through time is always an adventure. Getting to walk through the ship was a great experience especially as they are getting to restore more of it bit by bit. The information boards are nice and they have fans throughout the whole boat to help keep cool on a hot day which is appreciated. The tour is guided by arrows and chain which isn't as fun as walking the exhibit at free will. Great for a family day and the price isn't bad, even more so when you can see the work crew restoring and working hard.
  • By far the most interesting part of our week long vacation! So much freedom on the self guided tour. My 4, 5, and 8 year old loved exploring almost every part of the ship. There's almost nothing that is not accessible on the ship. USS North Carolina is a stop you must make. When we went around 10:45am on July 1st and there was hardly a soul on the ship.
  • Good attraction to visit for half a day. So many nooks and crannies for the kids to explore. Fascinating to see life on board a battleship and how small the men must have been back then. Go early to avoid crowds and heat. I felt a little woozy on the lower decks, likely due to limited ventilation. I expect it would be worse with hundreds of people on board.
  • The Battleship is presented very well with great boards explaining history of the spot on the ship. A wonderful touch are the personal accounts from the crew of the ship. Unfortunately there aren't any docents around to add to the experience. We found the few staff we encountered to not be friendly at all. From the young man at the ticket counter, to the older woman cashiering in the gift shop and the few other women in the shop. Not one smile or greeting from any if them. Thankfully they were not the focus of our visit.
  • Amazing place, and an amazing piece of history. I live in Wilmington and I don't grow tired of going. Every time I step aboard I discover something new. Great, knowledgeable staff that are more than willing to answer questions. If I could give more than 5 stars I would.

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