About the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina

Who We Are


The mission of the Friends of the Battleship North Carolina is to support the Battleship North Carolina and to promote and perpetuate activities relating to the Ship.

The Battleship receives no funding from federal, state or local governments for its operations. The Friends, as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, acts as the fundraising arm for the Battleship (a link to our IRS Form 990 is available at the bottom of this page.) The Ship’s primary revenue source is generated from admissions, gift shop sales, rentals, donations, Friends memberships and other activities. 

The Friends also offer paid tours of the Battleship using certified tour guides and supports the daily visitors through the use of Ambassadors. For those interested in being more involved with the Battleship, the Friends can provide tour guide and ambassador training.

Lastly, to educate the public about the Battleship and the Friends organization, the Friends undertake community outreach to varied organizations.

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Exhibit Sponsorship

Turret #2 Restoration


The Friends of the Battleship North Carolina are proud to support the Museum Department with funding to assist, promote and perpetuate educational and restoration efforts of the Ship.

Some of the projects funded by the Friends include:

  • Restoration of the 26-foot Motor Whaleboat
  • Custom models of the Ironclad, Armored Cruiser and Submarine North Carolina and display cases
  • Exhibit banners of the Ships named North Carolina
  • Conservation of an original WW II Iwo Jima relief map
  • Acquisition and conservation of the 1827 watercolor of the Ship of the Line North Carolina
  • Display case and video monitor for the Legacy of the NORTH CAROLINA exhibit
  • Bridge Restoration, including fabrication on Captain’s and Executive Officer’s Chairs
  • Reproduction of missing panel knobs in Turret #2