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Coastal Kia is our title sponsor for the 2019 Jingle Bell  5K Run!!


There is FREE parking in the museum parking lot in 2-HOUR INCREMENTS. Check in at the Parking kiosk in the middle of the parking lot and get your free pass. 

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Re-connect with friends you probably haven’t seen in years. Our goal is to gather men and women who spent time on Wrightsville Beach as youths and young adults as they participated in the local beach culture in a variety of ways: lifeguarding, surfing, bartending, waiting tables, sailing and enjoying the night life along Lumina Avenue.

Whether you grew up here, attended UNCW of CFCC or just enjoy hanging out at your favorite bar or restaurant, we’ll celebrate the friendships and lives of all who have called this beach their favorite spot.

We will have t-shirts, silent auction items and a raffle as well as lifeguard and surfers memorials. Other activities are in the works. Proceeds benefit the museum.

More information on Facebook: Friends of Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Museum Selected for Two Smithsonian ProgramsWW logo

We are happy to announce that the museum has been selected to be one of six hosts in NC for the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main Street (MoMS) “Water/Ways” traveling exhibit, and one of twenty participants in the 2020 Stories: YES program!

“Water/Ways” will be on-site from December 2020 – January 2021. Check out the press release with more information:


IN THE NEWS! The museum is in an article in Forbes!   The article is on the Blockade Runner. The museum is mentioned as  “one of Wrightsville Beach gems.”

We are proud to announce that Rhesa Stone and Camp Chris Stone have raised the funds to name the Bordeaux Cottage Exploration Room, The Chris Stone Exploration Room!! THANK YOU!!!!

Fall beach season is upon us, but we still have a lot going on at the Wrightsville Beach Museum –

WE had a great exhibit of Hank Carter’s Photography!! We sold 10 large pieces of artwork and visitors loved being able to see his beautiful  photographs.



Upcoming Events:           Yes, we are BUSY!! –

November 9th Friends of WB Reunion

December- 14th Annual Jingle Bell Run

Be in touch any time! We love hearing from you!!

Come by:

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

PO Box 584/303 West Salisbury Street

Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480


Phone: 910-256-2569


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The 1924 Bordeaux Cottage transformation is almost done. Come by and take a look at the progress we are making!

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The 1924 Bordeaux Cottage has been being used all last summer by Camp Chris Stone!!!! The interior has been painted! We are SO close!

We proudly announce that Rhesa Stone and Camp Chris Stone have raised the funds to name the Bordeaux Cottage Exploration Room, The Chris Stone Exploration Room!! THANK YOU!!!!


Saving an historic building – The 1924 Ewing- Bordeaux Cottage, originally located at 405 N. Lumina Avenue, along with its neighbor, the Williams-Bordeaux, were the oldest fully-intact structures  north of Stone Street. They are the last two of six cottages that survived the Great Fire of 1934. Currently the greatest threat to historic cottages is the steady rise in property values and demand for development. Moving the Ewing- Bordeaux Cottage saved a rare example of local Wrightsville Beach architecture of which only a handful remain and transition it into a public building to be enjoyed on a much wider scale.

Growing the museum Not only has moving the Ewing-Bordeaux cottage allowed the Wrightsville Beach Museum to preserve this special building, but it also made it possible for the Museum to expand its programs, exhibits and other services to the community. The cottage is allowing our growing project, the Waterman Hall of Fame, to have a permanent home to celebrate water sports and professions that are so important to our community and celebrate those who make positive contributions to our way of life. This is an exciting time in the life of the museum as this cottage allows us to grow our outdoor teaching spaces and indoor experiential learning resources.

See the video of the move!: