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Hello! The museum will not have the May Children’s Program tomorrow. We will resume next month with a new schedule and with morning programs! Stay tuned to find out more!

The museum will be closed on Saturday and Sunday, April 15 and 16 for our SUP Surf Pro-Am and in observation of Easter.

Come to Crystal Pier at Access 37 near the Oceanic restaurant to see the SUP Surf competition in action!!

See the surfing bunny in the pink bunny outfit catching waves all day Saturday!!!

Held at beautiful Wrightsville Beach, renowned for its clear water and great surf, the event will be a spectator-friendly, world-class event with a new app allowing spectators and competitors to know scores in real time.

We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, April 18 at 10:00am. We apologize for any inconvenience.
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The Wright Cottage – Through the Paintings of Ben Keys


Saturday, March 11, 4 PM at Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, 303 West Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. Reception with the artist.


Wright Holman, Wrightsville Beach native and renown builder, valued the distinct architectural and design features that made Wrightsville Beach unique. Look around. What do you see that tells you that you are in this specific place – not Corolla, not Nags Head, not Southport. These qualities of the built landscape of Wrightsville Beach were valued and promoted by Wright in his work. He labored to keep the old cottages intact as long as possible and many still stand due to his careful work. If a cottage had been outgrown and needed to be updated or expanded, Wright looked for ways to keep its character and Wrightsville Beach flavor.
Wright’s nephew, Ben Keys, was working as a painter in Chicago in 2005. Wright commissioned him to do this series of architectural portraits of Wrightsville Beach cottages specifying those that Wright saw as distinctly of this place. Some had been renovated and updated. Some had been faithfully restored. They all retained their Wrightsville Beach-ness.”
Ben moved here to work on this commission, staying for almost a decade capturing the both the built and natural landscapes of this place that had become so special to him.
As a finishing touch, Wright framed these portraits in wood he had salvaged from the 1905 Lumina pavilion torn down in 1973. Lumina has become an icon of the historic preservation movement at Wrightsville Beach.
Join us as we celebrate these old structures, the man who worked to save them, and the painter who captured their beauty and spirit. Light refreshments. Ben, his wife and young daughter will be on hand at the reception.


Wrightsville Beach was named #2 in the article “The 20 Most Magical Island Getaways in America” gallery-1488468564-wrightsville-beach1<>.

All 3 sessions logo CAMP CHRIS STONEof Camp Chris Stone are filled.

They filled quickly which makes us happy that so many families want to be a part of this experience. We regret that at this time we cannot accommodate more campers without diminishing the quality of the experience for the children.

Session 1 (June 19-23), session 2 ( July 17- 21), and session 3 ( July 24-28) are currently full. We are taking
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It sure FEELS like spring!

Come by the museum and see what we have in store for you!

On these sunny days, come by the museum and see the fish in the pond  merrily swimming amongst the lillypads, play in the trolley Slider05on the porch, and search for sharks teeth in the fossil pit. For inside adventures come in the museum to see the 5 shelves of our shell collection, our new Lumina exhibit  that tells the history of the beach through the life of this iconic structure, the model of the beach the way it looked 100 years ago complete with the big hotels and the tiny figures playing on the beach, and watch slideshows of vintage photos of Wrightsville Beach dating back to the late 1800s.
Open all year – 6 days a week – free admission!

Hobie and Salt Life

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April 15-16, 2017


The Wrightsville Beach Museum and Carolina Paddleboard Co. welcome participants to the Hobie & Salt Life Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am on April 15, 2017. Held at beautiful Wrightsville Beach, renowned for its clear water and great surf, the event will be a spectator-friendly, world-class event with a new app allowing spectators and competitors to know scores in real time.


  • The WB SUP Surf Pro Am is the largest Stand Up Paddle Surf Prize Purse on the East Coast with the potential for $8000* in the Pro Divisions.
  • The amateur competition will also be awarded prizes and includes divisions for Groms (under 14), open 15-49, and Master’s (50+).
  • Lastly, bringing the pros to the same heats as the joes will be the Longboard SUP Division with a purse of $1,000. This open division will be judged on longboard style maneuvers and will count towards the Newkirk All-Waterman Award.
  • Watch for more information on a team challenge.


See the 25-page spread on paddleboarding at Wrightsville Beach in Standup Paddle Magazine, Vol. #4


The Wrightsville Beach Museum is holding its third annual Wrightsville Beach SUP Surf Pro-Am to support the museum and its Waterman Hall of Fame. The Waterman Hall of Fame recognizes individuals for their excellence in water sports and their contributions to our beach community as part of the museum’s work to support and interpret the rich history of Wrightsville Beach.

In addition to the prizes as scheduled, The Newkirk Waterman Award is given each year to the participant that has the highest combined finish in the Pro and Longboard Divisions of the Wrightsville Beach Pro-Am. The payout for the award is $500 and male and female participants are both eligible. Last year’s winner was Bullet Obra and Fisher Grant from Florida received the award in 2015. Professional longboarder and Carolina Beach native, Tony Silvagni, won the Newkirk Waterman Award in 2014. Jarrod Covington was the recipient in 2013.
This award is named for Haywood Newkirk, Sr., one of Wrightsville Beach’s original watermen. In the early 1950s, Newkirk was fishing the Gulf Stream waters off Wrightsville Beach, swimming on the All-Army Swim Team; barefoot skiing through Banks Channel; lifeguarding at Lumina Pavilion and surfing local beaches on a converted airplane wing. Today, the award remembers his contributions while honoring new talent shining in local waters.


Wrightsville Beach Museum of History -303 West Salisbury Street

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NEW! Loop Through History walking tour !

SPONSOR one of 25 signs of vintage photographs and descriptions of historic facts.  8 bk11 frt

Sponsor form one page LOOP THROUGH HISTORY at Wrightsville Beach

LOOP THROUGH HISTORY at Wrightsville Beach – Sponsorship Information

Become a sponsor of one of the 25 signs around the 2.45 miles of The Loop to support the Wrightsville Beach Museum and be a part of this great project. You may sponsor in your name, that of your business, or to honor someone special. We encourage you to be creative. Sponsorships are renewed annually and begin January 1 to run for a calendar year. List of Signs are below. Ones with names after them have been sponsored.

Sponsorship annual fee – $150.00


Your sponsor name will go directly on the sign on an oval label that is easy to read.

The Loop Through History Site Signs

 Each of the 25 signs around the 2.45 miles of The Loop highlights an important aspect of Wrightsville Beach history and development. Carefully researched and paired with photographs illustrating what was once here, the site signs tell the rich and varied story of Wrightsville Beach. Become a Loop Through History sign sponsor and support the Wrightsville Beach Museum through this exciting new project!

  1. Wrightsville Beach Museum – Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  2. Hurricane Hazel – Sharkey’s and Sarah Harris of Intracoastal Realty
  3. Tidewater Power Company
  4. Fishing/Marsh and Sea Harvesting – The Holman Family
  5. Wrightsville Beach School – Kathleen Cantwell and david Cantwell
  6. Bridges
  7. Wrightsville Beach Then and Now – Ben, Joe Bill, and Marry Webber in memory of Dr. Joseph W. Baggett and Hannah Husk Baggett
  8. Ocean Piers – Donna Starling
  9. Oceanic Hotel – The Cottage at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort
  10. Seashore Hotel/Ocean Terrace/ Blockade Runner – Mary and Bill Baggett
  11. Lumina – The family of Pete and Joan Manolukas
  12. Business District – Sarah Wright Hicks –
  13. Carolina Yacht Club – Carolina Yacht Club Board of Directors
  14. Municipal Docks
  15. Banks Channel – Lisa Weeks
  16. Research Facilities
  17. Harbor Island – Scott and Patti McKinnon
  18. Trolley – Susan Creasy
  19. The Inlets/Jetties
  20. Bathing Suits – John Sideris
  21. Lifeguards – Steve Matthews, Matthews Motors
  22. Police
  23. Fire Department
  24. The Drawbridge – William and Debi Beverage
  25. Babies Hospital – Dr. Anne Allen, Allen Spine and Sports Medicine


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