The North Carolina Maritime Museum has been voted one of the best attractions in Southport by both newcomers and locals. Visitors can learn so much about the history and culture of the region. There is a Megalodon Prehistoric shark tooth display there. You can also see a 2,000 year old canoe once used by the Cape Fear Regions Siouan speaking people. Archaeologists think that it may have been made at about the time that Christ walked the Earth, the craft is 54 feet long.
Also, the museum holds the only periscope on public view in North Carolina. It is a 33- foot, Type 14 periscope, that came from the USS Dolphin , a nuclear research vessel used for deep-water tasks. It is now up and running, giving visitors a hands on experience. The museum and it's workers also shares stories and knowledge about pirates, blockade running, and riverfront archaeology.