Onslow County Museum new “Fun in the Sun” exhibit opens today

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – A new limited-time exhibit all about Onslow County beaches will be opening to the public soon.

The Onslow County Museum said the new “Fun in the Sun: Beach Life in Onslow County” exhibit will open with a special open house and reception will be held March 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The exhibit covers how tourism visitors in the early 20th century might travel by train to the Onslow coast to fish and hunt, staying in lodges along the mainland waterways. To reach the barrier island beaches, however, required a boat. This would change during the post-World War II era and bring about the greatest and fastest growth in recreational beach visitors.  Access would be improved by the construction of a series of bridges making the beach just a short drive away. With this beach boon, developed an entire culture around the sun, sand, and sea, influencing everything including architecture, fashion, music, and outdoor activities.  “Fun in the Sun: Beach Life in Onslow County” explores all this and more.

The exhibit features geological and geographical information and how it has changed over time as a tourism destination.

Family Fun Fridays will be hosted the second Friday of each month from 2-4 PM and will include make-and-take craft activities featuring beach critter crafts such as seagulls, sharks, dolphins, crabs, and sea turtles. 

Additional programming will be scheduled throughout the spring.

“We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. Onslow County’s tranquil and picturesque beaches have been enjoyed by residents and visitors alike for generations,” said Lisa Whitman-Grice, the museum director. “‘Fun in the Sun’ is our tribute to our wonderful coastline, those who have helped shape our beach culture, and those who continue to celebrate and protect this incredible natural resource.”

The exhibit will remain open until mid-June.