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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  • We went to the battleship with young kids (age 3-5). It wasn't a crowded day. We were able to explore the ship. The kids loved climbing up the ladders and everything. Recommend wearing good walking sh...  more »
  • My family and I enjoyed visiting battleship, it was pretty exciting to see how it was to live on a navy ship!  more »
  • This is a valuable piece of history that is obviously well cared for. The museum gives you a nice history of the ship before you go outside, and the ship itself is very cool to see. We did the self gu...  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.
  • 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.
  • A very well maintained historic vessel with multiple excellent exhibits inside. Explore multiple levels of the ship with a multitude of facts to take in along the way. It is quite impressive to see just how many personnel were required to man the turrets and the tight spaces of the engine room. Take your time and look around to make sure you don't miss anything! I highly recommend this for anyone 5+!
  • Very educational. Tough with small kids, and gets very steamy during the summer months. Always upgrading and improving their tours with augmented reality stops along the way now. Very cool.