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Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts - In continuous use since it opened in 1858. Forming the east wing of Wilmington's magnificent City Hall, the facility hosts over 250 performance events annually. The complex houses three performance venues, the Main Stage, the Grand Ballroom, and the Studio Theatre.

Tryon Palace - The 18th-century residence of the governor of the colony and state of North Carolina. The site also includes 14 acres of beautiful period gardens, three historic homes from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the New Bern Academy Museum.

Cameron Art Museum - A collection of American art, architecture and decorative arts. The museum's permanent collection includes American work from the 19th century to the present, and features a special in-depth collection of works by North Carolina artists and artisans spanning two centuries.

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center - Preserves the waterfowling heritage of Core Sound through exhibits, demonstrations and events. The museum's collection is the region's largest of waterfowl art and local decoys

Cowan Museum of History and Science - A collection of the rare, the unique and the unusual can be discovered at Cowan Museum. A multitude of artifacts fill the restored 1848 Kelly-Farrior home depicting the early rural heritage of North Carolina and Duplin County.

Museum of the Marine - Honors the contributions and sacrifices of Marines, their units, their families, and the Carolina communities that support them by making known the personal stories that reflect the courage and dedication that are the hallmarks of our Nation's history.

Airlie Gardens - Designed in the early 1900's, Airlie Gardens encompasses 67 acres of post-Victorian European style gardens with 10 acres of freshwater lakes. Features include azaleas, camellias, statuary and the historic Airlie Oak.

Wright Brothers National Memorial Wright Brothers National Memorial- Located at Kill Devil Hills, NC about 75 miles south of Norfolk, VA. Visit the Wright Brothers Visitor Center where there are exhibits and artifacts about the Wright Brothers’ background as well as full-scale reproductions of their 1902 glider and their 1903 flying machine. You can climb Big Kill Devil Hill for a view of the area, stand on the spot where the brothers made their first flights, visit the reconstructed living quarters and hangar or visit the exhibits in the Centennial Pavilion about the evolution of aviation. The memorial is open year round.

Battleship USS North Carolina - Standing with quiet dignity and majesty across from historic downtown Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina beckons visitors to walk her decks and envision daily life as well as fierce combat situations that her veterans faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

Buckner Hill Plantation - One of the largest antebellum plantation houses in North Carolina, recently restored Buckner Hill House (1855), still surrounded by hundreds of acres of cotton, corn, and tobacco, provides visitors with a rare view of original, mostly undisturbed Greek Revival plantation architecture.

Aurora Fossil Museum - Learn about great geologic forces over millions of years that created the Coastal Plain. Explore two rooms of fossilized bones, teeth, shells, and coral on display

North Carolina Maritime Museums - Driven by its mission to preserve and interpret all aspects of North Carolina's rich maritime heritage through educational exhibits, programs and field trips.

New Bern Firemen's Museum - Established in 1955, the New Bern Firemen's Museum is a unique experience! Preserving the history of fire fighting in New Bern, which boasts the first chartered fire company in the state of North Carolina.

The History Place - To foster and promote public knowledge of, and interest in, the history and culture of the peoples of Carteret County and related areas through the collection, preservation, interpretation, and documentation of written and tangible artifacts and remains.

Nags Head Dolphin Watch - See Atlantic bottlenose dolphins! Learn about their feeding and social behavior Observe diverse and fascinating wildlife. The only dolphin-watch on the Outer Banks owned & operated by dolphin researchers with 16 years' field experience.

North Carolina Aquariums - Located on Roanoke Island, at Pine Knoll Shores and Fort Fisher, the Aquariums were established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments.

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center - Located in a building with a hundred years of history, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center contains a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts, exhibits, and natural history displays.