The Museum of Coastal Carolina has several themed galleries with outstanding dioramas and exhibits about the natural history, environment, and culture of the Coastal Carolinas.

Ingram Lobby

Changing Tides Gallery

Waterways Gallery

Sea Shore Gallery

Ocean Reef Gallery

  • Diorama — Walk through a reef that might exist 65 miles off the North Carolina coast
  • See life-size models of whales, sharks, sea turtles, rays, etc.

Coastal Plain Gallery

Barrier Island Gallery

  • Coastal Gallery — A changing exhibition of works by local artists
  • Hand-built model of the old Ocean Isle Beach ferry
  • Draw Alive! — An interactive exhibit where you can design/color your own sea creature and scan it into our virtual aquarium!
  • The Legend of the Loggerhead exhibit — Model of a sand dune with a mother loggerhead turtle laying a nest and hatchlings emerging from a nest. Walk through the dune to view the nest from the interior.
  • Watch a video filmed on Ocean Isle Beach about the life cycle of loggerhead turtles
  • Shipwright’s tools and navigation equipment
  • Wooden strip boat made in Brunswick County
  • Model ships

Sea Turtles

The video shown here was produced by the Brunswick County Tourism Authority and features the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization along with the Holden Beach Sea Turtle Patrol.

For more information about loggerhead sea turtles in Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach, visit:

Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtles
Sunset Beach Turtles