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!

Air Force One with Howie Franklin April 15th

Southport, 7 - 9 p.m. Through the administrations of Presidents Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton, Howie Franklin served more presidents aboard Air Force One than any other Steward.  Curren [ ... ]

Age of Aquarius: A Murder Mystery Dinner

August 29, 2014 Over the last five years the Museum’s annual murder mystery dinner has focused on different museum exhibits and messages.  Since the creation of the NC Maritime Museum in 1975 one  [ ... ]

NC Science Festival

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March 28-April 13, 2014 The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of [ ... ]

Maritime Day - Girl Scout Council Event - April 12, 9:00 a.m. - noon

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The NC Maritime Museum at Southport will host the region's first Girl Scout Council "Maritime Day." Working with local and state partners, such as: Brunswick Town / Fort Anderson, Fort Fisher, NC Unde [ ... ]