Carolina Museum of the Marine and Civic Institute Updates

The Museum

Phase I of construction, Reflection and Celebration Park, dedicated on May 6, 2016, features the world’s largest bronze Eagle, Globe and Anchor sculpture, standing at a staggering 13 feet high with an 11 foot wingspread and weighing 2,500 pounds. Tribute bricks, available for purchase in honor or memory of loved ones and friends, line the Byrd Family Foundation’s Patriot Walkway in honor and memory of those who serve(d). 

Phase I also included the installation of the inground infrastructure for the Museum & Civic Institute as well as award-winning architectural designs and engineering plans.

Phase II is underway, with a campaign goal of $28M to build the 40,000 square foot museum and Civic Institute, and to design and install exhibits, classrooms and theaters, and immersive technology.  In addition to commemorating the legacy and the many firsts of the Marines and Sailors who serve(d) in the Carolinas, the Museum and Institute will host a variety of formal and informal events, from promotion, reenlistment and retirement ceremonies, to reunions, Marine Corps and Navy balls, educational workshops, leadership training, symposia, conferences, and other special offerings.

The Civic Institute

As part of the Carolina Museum of the Marine, the mission of the Civic Institute is to inspire principled, committed citizens by bringing together a strong cadre of military and civilian leaders as teachers.  Our new course, Critical Thinking for Leadership and Civic Engagement, will launch in January, 2021.  This immersive course teaches high school students how to think—not what to think.  Students will engage in practical applications of critical thinking using current topics and gaining skills, such as clear communication, active listening, and decision-making.

Want to be a part of our exciting mission?  Contact our Executive Director, Ashley Danielson at 910-937-0033 extension 11 or by email at  Contributions may be made online at Make a Donation.  Thank you for investing in the legacy!  


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