Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum will reopen for the season on April 1.


 



Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum will reopen for the season on April 1.



The Museum features the rich history and artifacts of this area 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.



·         WASPS, a select group of young, daring women who were the first female pilots trained to fly American military aircraft during WWII. This exhibit pays tribute to their service and valor.



·         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.”



·         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.



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



·         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 take off at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville. 



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 all ages.



The museum is located at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Current hours are Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend the hours are Monday through Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. After Labor Day through mid-October the museum is open Monday through Friday from 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 at 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488, or visit topsailmissilesmuseum.org.