The building where the Missiles & More Museum resides was built in 1946 as part of Operation Bumblebee. What used to be the Assembly Building is today home to exhibits which explore the military history and historical significance of Topsail Island. Also home to the Historical Society of Topsail Island, the old Assembly Building itself is a part of our rich past.
The inspiration for what would become the Missiles & More Museum began to take form in 1989. Betty Polzer, a Topsail history enthusiast and committee member for the Topsail Beach Economic Development Council (TBEDC), spearheaded efforts to purchase and develop the ramshackle warehouse into a place for the community. In 1992 TBEDC purchased the Assembly Building from IBM Credit Union and in 1993 had it placed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The Missiles & More Museum officially opened on April 1, 1997 in Topsail Beach, North Carolina.
Today the Missiles & More Museum not only educates the community and visitors about Topsail’s military history through exhibits that detail Operation Bumblebee, WASP, Camp Davis, and the Osprey aircraft, but also explores the natural history of our favorite barrier island, the pirates that hid here, and the Native people who were our first residents.
Operated by the Historical Society of Topsail Island whose expressed mission is to document and present the history of Topsail Island, the Museum highlights the rich history of our home.
The Missiles & More Museum offers a great retreat for curious minds and history buffs alike. The Assembly Building can even be rented out for a variety of events.
At this time the Missiles & More Museum is closed but be sure to check back on their Facebook page for updates.