One Historic Coast

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Three Unique Museums


gray-images1Discover North Carolina’s rich maritime history, coastal heritage and marine environments in the three North Carolina Maritime Museums.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport each offer unique exhibits and programs designed for all ages. See relics pulled from the deep, build a boat, follow Civil War battles fought along the coast, cast a line and learn about the state’s seafood industry, sail or paddle along waterways, and retrace Blackbeard’s voyages and ultimate demise.

The three North Carolina Maritime Museums preserve and interpret North Carolina’s coastal life and history. They paint a picture of the maritime and coastal culture including fishermen, boat builders, decoy carvers and more. They present exhibits of painters and pirates, shipwrecks and sailboats, and about marine life and protection.  

One historic coast...Three unique museums!


Admission to all three Museums is always FREE. Donations are welcome!

"Come Grow With Us"

As the Museum grows in patronage and collections, expansion is imperative. Phase II of our Capital Campaign will add 2,500 square foot of space. The addition will house an exhibit construction worksho [ ... ]

Southport Your Hometown

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Check us out on Good Morning Carolina, WWAY NewsChannel 3 Your Hometown, with Randy Aldridge.  Click on the link below.

Winterfest, December 12, 11 a.m., 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.

Southport- Start your holiday season at Southport Winterfest in Historic Downtown Southport. Special events will be taking place throughout the town December 4-13. As part of the Winterfest celebrati [ ... ]

Victorian Holiday, December 6, 1 - 3 p.m.

Southport- The crackling of the fireplace and the smell of pine on the hearth can only mean one thing - it is yule time! Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport for its popular program, "Victorian Ho [ ... ]