The North Carolina Maritime Museum hosts over 400 groups every year and look forward to your group's visit. Groups are invited to schedule a visit during normal Museum hours. There is no admission fee, but there is a charge for some programs and field trips.
Contact the education staff during normal business hours if you have any questions or concerns about your group's visit.
I. Museum Scavenger Hunts (20-45 mins.) Maximum of 60 participants* Free!
The Museum offers three levels of a museum scavenger hunt for grades K-12. Each student is supplied with a clipboard, pencil and a copy of the grade approrpiate scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunts will lead the students through all of the Museum exhibits and once they have completed the hunts students will be rewarded with either a Museum sticker or maritime stamp. Teachers are welcome to supply their own rewards. While the students are encouraged to take their scavenger hunts home, they will be required to leave the pencils and clipboards for future groups to use.
One teacher or chaperon who is responsible for discipline while in the museum must be assigned to every 10 students. There are no exceptions. Unsupervised students and unruly groups will be asked to leave with their group leader.
II. Group Programs (20-40 mins.) Maximum of 60 participants* Free!
The museum features a variety of programs for families, schools, and community groups. These programs are commonly held in either the Museum's auditorium or library with a lecture style setting. Museum educators are always happy to work with you to create a special program that meets your specific class needs. Please call in advance to discuss programs that meet your curriculum needs.
Popular Museum Programs Topics
Blackbeard ; Boats and their design ; Civil War; Commercial Fisheries ; Compass Skills ; Lighthouses of NC ; Modern Day Piracy ; North Carolina's Marine Mammals ; North Carolina Pirates ; Oceanography ; Queen Anne's Revenge ; Seashore Life ; Shells & Bones ; Traditional Watercraft ; Waters Incredible Journey ; Whales and Whaling in NC
*larger groups may split their number between a group tour and group program
III. Field Programs
The museum features a variety of field programs for families, schools, and community groups to not only learn about but also experience their maritime heritage.
One teacher or chaperon who is responsible for discipline while in the museum must be assigned to every 10 students. There are no exceptions.
preschool-adult, $30 fee; 1-1/2 hours; maximum of 30 participants
Investigate a sand flat and adjacent salt marsh to study intertidal organisms and their adaptations, food chains, productivity, and the estuarine nursery area. A seine net is pulled in shallow water to view a sample of marine animals.
5th grade-adult, 30 participants maximum, $60 fee plus cost of the ferry; 2-1/2 -3 hours
This island component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves provides opportunities to study dune plants, feral horses, and organisms of intertidal mud flats and sounds. Participants cross Beaufort's harbor by boat, wade in shallow water, and walk 1/2 mile across a mud flat to the beach.
6th grade-adult; inquire for current fees; 2-1/2 hours; maximum of 20 participants
After an orientation in the museum participants board a research vessel equipped with sampling-sized commercial fishing gear to collect and observe estuarine and ocean organisms. Discussion focuses on species identification and natural history.
4. Kayaking the Estuaries
7th grade - adult, $35 fee/ person; 3 1/2 hours; maximum of 10 participants, 4 person minimum
Suitable for beginning to advanced kayakers. Groups kayak through and study estuaries and learn about currents and tides, and navigation. The program includes on hour of preparation/instruction; two hours of paddling; and 30 minutes of clean up.