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!

Oil Pressure

Oil Pressure Cetaceans in the Crosshairs of our Search for Oil On Tuesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. Keith Rittmaster, NC Maritime Museum Natural Science Curator, will present his program entitled “Oil [ ... ]

Sea of Greed

The Untold Story behind
America's Biggest Drug Raid
Routine Coast Guard stop in Beaufort
ends with 
the U.S. invasion of Panama
and overthrow of dictator Manuel Noriega.
  When the Coast G [ ... ]

Night at the Museum

October 31, 6-8 p.m.
Happy Halloween! You are invited for a “spooktacular” Halloween party at the NC Maritime Museum this Halloween.  Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Museum to join [ ... ]

Halloween Ghost Ship

October 25, 1-3 p.m. Southport - Mariners of all ages will enjoy tales of lost souls, pirates, and other mysteries along the Lower Cape Fear at the NC Maritime Museum at Southport. Get into the spiri [ ... ]