The USS North Carolina was a battleship that was in service during World War II. Upon decomissioning (retirement), the US Government threatened to scrap the battleship and use the metal acquired to make other things. However, a big push by the locals and thousands of pennies donated by local schoolchildren saved this historic ship.
Onboard, you will find actual items used by the sailors during the 1940's, you will hear music from that time ("Cherry Blossom Pink and Apple Blossom White" and "In The Mood" were playing when I was there). There are also numerous photographs and other documentations showing how the sailors lived while serving. There is also the infirmary and the kitchen preserved to it's original entirety.
And, if you are lucky to find either one or both, actual authentic chapel Army-Navy hymnals and original pieces of the wood deck are on sale in the gift shop. All proceeds go to restoring and preserving the battleship.
Admission is Adult - 12 and over $9.00; Seniors (65 and older) $8.00; Military
(active duty or retired with military ID card) $8.00; Child - 6 through 11 $4.50;
Child - 5 and under Free.
I visited the battleship North Carolina at Wilmington. This was interesting and gave me a perspective about the sacrifices my grandfather's generation gave during World War II. I would have like to have spent more time, but the ship is hot in the summer and I was traveling with younger children who were beginning to get bored with history. I expect older children that appreciate history would find this more interesting than my then preschoolers.
The U.S.S. North Carolina battleship was used in World War II and when it was retired and docked in Wilmington, NC, it became a museum. My family and I toured the battleship during my 1973 visit to nearby Wrightsville Beach.
The Battleship North Carolina sits in the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, North Carolina. The views from the bow of the ship across to the historic waterfront of downtown Wilmington is worth the price of admission all on its own, but the ship is also a very interesting activity. I spent at least two hours exploring every nook and cranny of the place.