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!

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 [ ... ]

“Cape Fear Indians” – Dr. Phil Garwood

October 21, 7-9 p.m. Southport - Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport as we welcome Dr. Phil Garwood, professor of Geology at Cape Fear Community College for his lecture on Cape Fear Indians. Dr. [ ... ]

“Hurricane Hop: We Survived Hazel!”

October 16, 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Southport - Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport for a night of remembrance and celebration of a community's strength on Thursday, October 16, at the [ ... ]

Blue Ribbon Potluck

September 16, 6 – 8 p.m. Southport - Join the NC Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum as we celebrate those who support the museum – our members and volunteers! Staff will b [ ... ]