Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge
In 1718, the notorious pirate Blackbeard lost his flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, when it ran aground in Beaufort Inlet.
For more than 270 years, it was hidden by water and sand – a mystery to archeologists around the world.
In 1996, private company Intersal, Inc. discovered the shipwreck. The Museum became the official repository for all Queen Anne’s Revenge artifacts and has offered an interactive and permanent exhibit which opened in 2011.
Now Blackbeard and his crew sail again in history, artifacts, interactive features and legends.
Queen Anne's Revenge was a home, office, weapon, vault, and more for the pirate Blackbeard and his crew.
Three hundred years later her artifacts reveal truths about the pirates of the Golden Age.
Learn how Blackbeard became a legend and how North Carolina's economy, geography, and politics of the time created a "perfect storm" for piracy. Were the pirates and government in cahoots? How do we know this wreck is actually the Queen Anne's Revenge? Where is all the treasure? This exhibit answers all these questions and more.
View the weapons a pirate ship would likely carry including cannons and personal weapons.
See how nautical archaeologists have mapped out the underwater site and learn about the conservation methods necessary to put these fragile artifacts on display.
The Seafood Industry
Some say commercial fishing was America's first industry and the Museum offers a glimpse into the seafood industry in North Carolina.
From the crab fishery to oystering, this exhibit tells the tales of the men and women involved in early commercial fishing.
See the tools of the trade including crab pots, a flounder scale, and a dip net. Learn about the various fishing methods employed for different types of catch. Explore the river fisheries and learn what life was like working on a menhaden boat.
Whales and Whaling
Come meet Echo, our resident Sperm Whale! Echo washed ashore near Cape Lookout back in 2004. Thanks to the hard work of the staff and many volunteers, his skeleton has been rearticulated and now hangs in the exhibit gallery.
Photographs, information, and artifacts tell the story of North Carolina's 300-year history of whaling. Which whales were sought? What was the porpoise fishery? Why was whaling so profitable?
View whale products such as a chronometer watch (whale oil was used as a lubricant) and sperm whale sewing machine oil. Tools of the trade are also found on display such as a kettle, lances, and harpoon.
And for the first time in history, view the heart of a whale! Echo's heart has been carefully preserved through a process called plastination and is on display below his skeleton.
Soldiers of the Surf and Storm
The U.S. Life Saving Service began in 1848 and would eventually merge with the Revenue Cutter Service to become the modern day U.S. Coast Guard.
This exhibit traces the early years of the U.S. Life Saving Service and the methods employed to rescue shipwrecked mariners and passengers.Artifacts include an early Coast Guard coat, a life ring, a faking box (circa 1940), and a life car.