The Museum of Coastal Carolina is the only North Carolina Natural History Museum that’s located on a barrier island, and is a fun destination for visitors of all ages to dive deep into the unique and beautiful coastal region. Located in the heart of Ocean Isle Beach, just a couple blocks away from the oceanfront and the Ocean Isle Beach Pier, this rainy day destination will impress patrons with its wealth of natural, interactive, and eye-catching treasures.

Visitors will find plenty to do once inside the museum, thanks to a series of exhibits that are designed to both educate and entertain. Kids can get their hands on live sea stars or sea urchins in the touch tank, dig in the fossil pit for ancient sharks’ teeth, explore the wild dioramas that showcase marine life, or even watch a movie on the sea turtles that nest along the Ocean Isle shoreline.

There’s also a host of seasonal programs that highlight a unique component of the region, as well as a gift shop on-site for shore-specific goodies. Engaging for visitors of all ages, the centrally located Museum of Coastal Carolina is a must stop for any Cape Fear newcomer who wants to learn more about this remarkable and distinct region.

Museum of Coastal Carolina

21 East 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2023
Open Mondays through Fridays, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays until 7:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Planetarium Theater

April 3 through Sept 4, 2023
Doors open at 10:30 am Mondays through Saturdays

Open Memorial Day, Monday May 29

Dome shows start on the hour from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Laser shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:00 and 7:00 pm

See the events schedule for daily programs.

Laser Light & Music Shows

Laser music shows are a hugely popular and historic offering at the Ingram Planetarium. These immersive experiences include laser artwork, live covelight effects, and star projector effects as a backdrop for some of the biggest and most beloved hits in music. All laser music shows are performed live by our team of planetarium facilitators. They are an out of this world adventure you are not soon to forget!

Laser shows begin promptly.

Arrive 15 minutes early.

For your safety, late arrivals will not be admitted to the theater after a show has begun.

FAQ for Laser Light Shows

Check our Events Calendar!

Ocean Isle Beach
  • Monday10:00am-04:00PM
  • Tuesday10:00am-04:00PM
  • Wednesday10:00am-04:00PM
  • Thursday10:00am-04:00PM
  • Friday10:00am-04:00PM
  • Saturday10:00am-04:00PM
  • Sunday12:00PM-04:00PM
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