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!

What Happened to the Lost Colony? April 21, 2015 7-9pm

Southport - The Lost Colony is one of North Carolina's great mysteries. Join the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and UNCW history professor, Dr. David LaVere whose research indicates that  [ ... ]

“Dive Into History” April 11, 2015

NC Maritime Museum at Southport Symposium Cape Fear is home to some of the most interesting wrecks in North Carolina history and this symposium promises to be engaging and exciting, as we welcome a s [ ... ]

Rosenwald Schools - February 17, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Southport native, Donnie Joyner, will discuss African-American struggles, triumphs, and their dedication to education in the Lower Cape Fear from the 1920's to the 1970s. Built in Southport, North Car [ ... ]

Exhibit Opening

 Expanded Queen Anne’s Revenge Exhibit Opens at the North Carolina Maritime Museum Blackbeard returns to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort as a newly expanded exhibit  opens to  [ ... ]