The USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington NC
Visit the USS North Carolina Battleship:
- Watch an introductory movie in the auditorium and make your way through the exhibit hall before heading up to board the Ship.
- Follow the arrows and climb the ladders to explore parts of 9 levels of this magnificent Ship.
- Listen and watch as history comes alive through the oral histories, photographs and mementos found throughout the Ship and its exhibits.
- Steer the ship, start the engines or even get your chance to fire the guns to build your personal connection to the USS North Carolina.
What makes this Ship so special?
During World War II, THE USS NORTH CAROLINA earned 15 battle stars and established her primary role as protector of aircraft carriers. The Ship carried out 9 shore bombardments, sank an enemy troopship, and destroyed 24 enemy aircraft. Japanese radio announcements claimed that NORTH CAROLINA had been sunk 6 times! She survived many close calls and even a hit from a Japanese torpedo. In 1958, an announcement was made of her impending scrapping. The Save Our Ship (SOS) statewide campaign was initiated and led by citizens of North Carolina to save the Ship. The campaign proved to be a success and the Battleship arrived on October 2, 1961. Click here for a more detailed history!
Do not miss this opportunity to step back in time and learn all about the USS North Carolina’s amazing history. Take your time at the USS North Carolina and then explore all that Wilmington has to offer! Stay in historic downtown with our Wilmington hotel partner!
The USS North Carolina in Wilmington, NC is located just across the river from Downtown Wilmington. Click here for directions, hours, and ticketing information.
Featured Event :
Memorial Day Observance Aboard the USS North Carolina
May 30, 2016 at 5:45PM
On Memorial Day, May 30, 2016, at 5:45PM, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. This moving and meaningful ceremony includes military and patriotic musical arrangements featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute, and a memorial wreath cast onto the water. The Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this FREE event! Click here for additional information.
The Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington: Follow the arrows and climb the ladders to explore different parts of 9 levels of the USS North Carolina. Imagine the daily life and fierce combat that her crew faced in the Pacific during World War II. The North Carolina carried out nine shore bombardments, destroyed at least 24 enemy aircraft, and sank an enemy troopship.
The Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington: Oral histories, photographs and mementos on the Ship share the stories of the crew. provides visitors with plenty of photo opportunities so be sure to bring your camera and take photographs as you take a step back in time and watch history come alive.
The Battleship USS North Carolina in Wilmington: Take a step back in time and envision the daily life and fierce combat that the USS North Carolina crew members faced in the Pacific during World War II.
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