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Wrightsville Beach Museum Gift Shop Open House

December  5     5:30pm at the museum

NEW gift items! Door prizes! Festive food and drink! Gift wrapping!!

Browse the museum gift shop under twinkling lights as Christmas music fills the air while you find treasures
to fill stockings and Santa’s sack!!!


Port City Totes, Holly Aiken, Re-Eco tea towels, Jackie Z Jewelry, Handmade Journals, Oyster shell angels,

Sea Love Sea Salts, Hank Carter Photography

Coastal Kia is our title sponsor for the 2019 Jingle Bell  5K Run!!
Fleet Feet is our Packet Pick Up Sponsor!


  • Blockade Runner Resort
  • Town of Wrightsville Beach
  • Keith and Keith, DDS

Silver :

  • Elite Chiropractor
  • Matt and Deb Long
  • Snider Family
  • Poe’s
  • Round 9
  • Alford, DDS


  • Oceanic Restaurant
  • T Williamson Interiors
  • HomeLight Realty

In Kind – Food and Beverage: Beach Bagels

Please include us in your End-of-Year giving!

Join in support of your favorite non-profit! GIVE NOW!

Please use the donation button on this page to donate to the museum and help us reach our End-of-Year goal. We are SO close!

We want to:

  • Gain Certificate of Occupancy for the Bordeaux Cottage to open its doors in April
  • Hold more Winter and Spring programs for all ages
  • Get ready for the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit: Water/Ways and present our Smithsonian Stories program
Please DONATE  NOW!!!  

THANK YOU Friends of Wrightsville Beach!!! The Reunion this year brought in $4,500.00 to benefit the Bordeaux Cottage Waterman Room.


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!!!!

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

Upcoming Events:           Yes, we are BUSY!! –

December 5th  at  5:30pm  Museum Gift Shop Open House! Lots of new items! Gift Wrapping!!

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!: