Smith Island Museum

Take a step back in time and visit North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy. Explore the lightkeeper’s cottage and learn about Bald Head Island’s rich maritime history. Climb to the top of the lighthouse for a view like no other!

For nearly 200 years, North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse (Old Baldy was built in 1817) has marked the mouth of the historic Cape Fear River. Smith Museum is housed in replica of 1850s lighthouse keeper’s cottage. Today, thousands of visitors make the exciting journey each year to beautiful Bald Head Island to learn about the island’s rich maritime past at the Smith Island Museum of History and experience Old Baldy up close – including the climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the surrounding area’s outstanding natural beauty

Admission Starting May 1 for Adults (13 and up) is $5.00 and  children (ages 3-12) is $3.00, children under 2 are free. The museum is open year round and the hours of operation are: 

March 15-Memorial Day Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4

Memorial Day-Labor Day Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 11-5

Labor Day-Dec 15 Tue-Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4

Dec 15-Mar 15 Fri & Sat 10-4, Sun 11-4

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