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!

“Behind the Scenes: History of Film in North Carolina”

August 19, 7 - 9 p.m. Southport is becoming one of North Carolina's most popular filming sites. Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Ms. Katie Edwards, Assistant Curator from the NC [ ... ]

“Willing But Slow: Progressive Era Southport & Transportation”

Southport - 2nd Saturday August 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Join the NC Maritime Museum for a program examining 30 years and 30 miles of rail in Southport. In 1911, the Wilmington, Brunswick & Southern  [ ... ]

Lunch with Pirates

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Lunch With Pirates SOLD OUT! Saturday, August 9 11:30-12:30 Come in. Cool down. Meet the Pirates. On Saturday, August 9 at 11:30 the NC Maritime Museum will be offering our 5th annual “Lunc [ ... ]

Family Pirate Day

Ahoy Pirates!  September 27, 2014 The Friends of the Western Carteret Library in partnership with the N.C. Maritime Museum will host a Family Pirate Day at the Western Carteret Library, Saturday, S [ ... ]