Construction underway for Carolina Museum of the Marine

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WITN) -A museum to honor Marines and sailors in Eastern Carolina is officially under construction.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning at Lejeune Memorial Gardens in Jacksonville for the Carolina Museum of the Marine.

Museum organizers say this state-of-the-art facility will serve as a dynamic center for learning, engagement, and inspiration for future generations in honor of Marines and sailors who have served.

“We are thrilled to embark on this monumental journey as we break ground for the Carolina Museum of the Marine,” said CEO Brigadier General Kevin Stewart, USMC (Ret) of the museum. “This museum will be a tribute to the brave men and women who have served our nation with unwavering dedication and sacrifice. It will be a place of reflection, learning, and inspiration, ensuring that their stories are preserved and shared for generations to come.”

The museum will feature immersive exhibits, interactive displays, educational programs, community events, and historic artifacts to cutting-edge technology, and offer a comprehensive exploration of the heritage of Carolina Marines and Sailors’ profound impact on American history.

The $30 million and 25,000-square-foot museum project is expected to open in 2026.