26th Aug2012

Topsail Beach Missiles and More Museum

by Contributor

TOPSAIL BEACH - The Missiles and More Museum is open for the season. The Museum features Topsail Island’s rich history and artifacts of the island from prehistoric to present time.

Exhibits include:

Operation Bumblebee, the U.S. missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after World War II, which includes a video of assembly and actual firings of the missiles. On site is a booster rocket that washed ashore in 1994.

Camp Davis, an important antiaircraft training center during WWII located near Topsail Island.

Pirates of the Carolinas, depicting the history and “colorful” stories of ten pirates in the Carolinas, including the infamous Blackbeard and Topsail Island’s own pirate history “The Gold Hole.”

Barrier Island, an exhibit that addresses the physiology, fragility, manageability and the magic and privilege of living on Topsail Island.

Osprey, The V-22 Osprey aircraft exhibit depicts the development, history, unique design and military use within the Marine Corps and other Armed Forces. This exhibit also includes a DVD of a takeoff at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville.

Shell Exhibits, cases of elegant and intricate seashells from all over the world, as well as Topsail Island.

Natural History, Indian artifacts and a dugout canoe dating back to the 1700s.

The Museum is child friendly with exhibits on North Carolina birds, a touch and feel Shell/Sand Box, Sea Turtles and educational and fun books to read. A fossil dig located outside of the Museum is a favorite adventure for children of all ages.

The Museum is located at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Current hours through Labor Day weekend are Mon. through Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. After Labor Day through mid-October, the Museum is open Mon. through Fri. 2 to 5 p.m. The Museum welcomes special arrangements for schools and organizations to tour the Museum. For information and appointments, contact the museum director at 910-328-2488 or 910-328-8663. You can visit the museum’s web page at www.topsailmissilesmusuem.org.

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