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 :
2017 USS North Carolina Events
The USS North Carolina invites you to participate in behind the scenes tours, in-depth programs of how she worked, reenactments, fireworks and so much more throughout the year! There is always something special going on at this popular Wilmington attraction.
Mark your calendar so that you can enjoy the 2017 USS North Carolina events listed below. We look forward to seeing you at the Battleship.
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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2017 Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Events:
February 18, 2017 | March 18, 2017 | April 22, 2017 | June 10, 2017 | July 8, 2017 | August 12, 2017
Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers stationed throughout the ship engage visitors in specific subjects and areas including: gunnery, radar, sick bay, galley, engineering, and daily shipboard life. Try on helmets, raise signal flags, “text” using semaphore flags, tap out your name using Morse code, type on vintage typewriters and more! Friendly, knowledgeable volunteers staff the ship from stem to stern to help you have a grand time aboard ship. A great event for all ages. This event is free with Battleship Admission. Click here for additional information.
Easter Egg Hunt Carnival
April 14, 2017 from 10AM - 2PM
Join us for a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt Carnival in Battleship Park! Children will find pony rides, eggs, bounce houses, candy, games, and the Buddy, the Battleship Easter Bunny! Egg hunts will be continuous throughout the day. This event is weather dependent. Make sure to bring your camera and take pictures with Buddy the Battleship Bunny. Offered again this year is a slower paced hunt area for kids who need a less stressful environment or for children with special needs who choose a slower paced environment. We’ve talked with the Easter Bunny and he told us that he has even more surprises this year. Stay tuned as the eggs and festivities hop out of the basket. Click here for additional information.
USS North Carolina Battleship Association Crew Reunion
May 17 - 20, 2017 from 11AM - 3PM
The USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Association is an organization of the Battleship’s crew and their families. The Association hosts an annual reunion in Wilmington with the next one scheduled for May 17 – 20, 2017. The crew and families very much look forward to their annual return to the Battleship to share stories, visit old friends and make new ones. The love they have for their ship makes a powerful bond. Darrell Adams publishes their newsletter, the TARHEEL, several times a year. Mr. Adams also runs the Association “chat line”, which helps everyone stay in touch. Reunion activities open only to those registered for the events. Click here for additional information.
May 20, 2017 | September 23, 2017 | December 2, 2017
Watch and interact with World War II living history interpreters as they bring the Ship to life by re-enacting daily duties and drills. A great event for all ages. Bring your questions and cameras! This event is free with Battleship admission. Click here for additional information.
Memorial Day Observance
May 29, 2017 from 5:45PM - 6:30PM
Remember those who gave their lives in service by honoring veterans at the Battleship’s traditional Memorial Day Observance featuring a military guest speaker, an all-service Color guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, a military band, Taps, and a memorial wreath cast into the waters. Free with Battleship admission! Click here for additional information.
Museum Ships Weekend
June 3 - 4, 2017 from 9AM - 6PM
Operating aboard Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club will participate in the annual Museum Ships Weekend. The Battleship is NI4BK and HAM operators may contact the ship via Voice, Digital and Morse Code. Sponsored by the Battleship NEW JERSEY Amateur Radio Club, 63 museum ships worldwide will have HAM radio operators aboard ready to receive contacts from HAM operators. The Battleship is NI4BK and we look forward to hearing from you. Click here for additional information.
Celebrate Flag Day
June 14, 2017 from 10AM - 2PM
Fly your own flag at the Battleship on Flag Day! American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard assists visitors in hoisting and folding their flags. Makes a great video keepsake and family heirloom. Provide your name and email and a certificate of authenticity will be mailed to you. Visitors can bring a flag or purchase a 3 x 5 foot American-made nylon flag with embroidered stars from the Ship’s Store for $39.95 plus tax. Sales from the store benefit the Battleship. Click here for additional information.
Celebrate the Legacy
June 23 - 24, 2017 from 8AM - 4PM
Celebrate the ships named NORTH CAROLINA! They have been serving our country from the 1824 ship-of-the-line to the fast attack submarine currently stationed in Hawaii. From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic to the Pacific, our state’s namesakes have traveled the globe. Come enjoy a major display of Civil War, WWI and submarine arms, clothing, and equipment from enthusiastic costumed collectors and submarine veterans. Admission is included with Battleship Admission. Click here for additional information.
Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash
October 24, 2017 from 5:30PM - 8PM
Trick or Treat aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Batty Battleship, brother Buggy and their friends return to the Battleship for a spooktacular trick or treating time. A lot of fun and no scares it is the best location for the family to share. But don’t be frightened and don’t you fret we promise we’ll provide a zoo with animals to pet. With candy and sweets there’s plenty of treats you’ll be asking yourself what more should I eat. Bring your little ghouls and goblins to Battleship for trick-or-treating! Fun games, activities, henna tattoos, & storytelling is all part of the Halloween fun. Batty Battleship is perfect for the little ones and families! Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Bring your camera! Click here for additional information.
Battleship Ho Ho Ho
November 24, 2017 | 10AM - Noon, 1PM - 3PM
Celebrate the Season at the Battleship! Santa welcomes everyone on board and volunteers stationed throughout the ship will help children and parents understand this floating city. Type your Christmas wish list on a vintage typewriter using authentic WWII USS NORTH CAROLINA radio message paper. Call the North Pole from the Battleship’s main radio room. See Santa’s journey being tracked in the Combat Information Center. Bring your camera for some great photo ops! A fabulous way to start your holiday season! Free with Battleship Admission. Click here for additional information.
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
December 7, 2017 from 9AM - 5PM
Operating two stations aboard Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club hosts a worldwide ham radio operator event commemorating the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The Battleship is NI4BK and HAM operators may contact the ship via Voice, Digital and Morse Code. NI4BK looks forward to hearing from YOU! Radio operators making contact will receive a special postcard verifying the contact. Click here for additional information.