Missiles and More Museum to open

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 14:00 PM.

Topsail Island’s Missiles and More Museum is gearing up to reopen for the season.

The museum is housed in the historic Assembly Building in Topsail Beach, listed in the “National Registry of Historic Places.” It portrays the history and artifacts of the area; from prehistoric times to present day. It will reopen on April 7.

Exhibits feature:

Operation Bumble Bee: The top secret U.S. missile project that operated on Topsail Island shortly after the end of WWII. Included in the exhibit is a booster rocket that washed ashore in 1994.

Camp Davis: An important anti-aircraft training center and POW camp during WWII.

WASPS: The select group of young women and the first females trained to fly and test American military aircraft during WWII.

Pirates of the Carolinas: The stories of 10 notorious pirates who sailed the waters of the Carolinas during the “Golden Age of Piracy.” Highlighted is Blackbeard and the island’s own “Gold Hole.”

Barrier island: Explains the physiology, fragility and manageability of this magical island we call home.

Osprey: the V-22 Osprey aircraft exhibit depicts the development history, unique design and its military use within the Marine Corps and other branches of the Armed Forces.

Native American artifacts and an International Shells of the World exhibits are also displayed.

This interesting and child-friendly museum is located at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach.

The museum will be open 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until Memorial Day weekend. After that, it will be open 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Labor Day; and again 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from Labor Day through mid-October.

The museum welcomes student groups and organizations to tour the facility. To make an appointment or for more information, call 910-328-8663 or 910-328-2488.

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