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North Carolina Maritime Museum

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Address: 315 Front St, Beaufort, Beaufort, NC 28516-2124
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+1 252-728-7317

Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and...

Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.

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Very informative

Be prepared to spend some time here as this museum is not very large but contains a lot of information, artifacts and history.

Reviewed 13 July 2016
Burke, Virginia
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Burke, Virginia
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Be prepared to spend some time here as this museum is not very large but contains a lot of information, artifacts and history.

Thank kganley626
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

This is an excellent museum - my kids ages 10 and 7 both loved it. They were able to do the scavenger hunt worksheet and that kept them entertained and motivated to see ALL the exhibits. There was a lot to see and we spent about 2 hours there. Small gift shop was nice. Black Beard the Pirate section was... More 

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Martinsville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Nice displays, friendly staff and convenient location. Loved the whale skeleton and the exhibits related to the whale.

Thank Treehouse-2000
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

Our group ranged in age from 11-70 and all were interested in the displays. Exhibits covered the history of fishing, boating, sealife, surfing, and yes even piracy. It's a small museum so can be covered in 1-1.5 hours for the average visitor

Thank Parkersfive
Swansboro, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2016

This museum is very well done and has many hands-on activities for children. There are even some artifacts from the Queen Anne's Revenge which was Blackbeard the pirate's ship. This is a free museum with displays from this historic area.

Thank kingslovetotravel
Havelock, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 July 2016 via mobile

I live in havelock and this is one of my go to spots every time family and friends are visiting. I really enjoy the queen anne's revenge exhibit!

Thank Josh M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

A great bit of history of the area and our country can be found in this neat little museum. You should set aside at least two hours to thoroughly take in the information here. The museum is very kid friendly as they provided us with an activity for them to keep them busy as we walked and read the exhibits.

Thank William B
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

What an amazing opportunity to see the wreckage from the Queen Ann's Revenge and get further insight into Blackbeard's life as well as a better idea of maritime life during that time. Not very big so it would only take a few hours to walk through but definitely a fun, unique place to check out.

Thank Elyse_Ha
Winston Salem, NC
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

Our tour captain on the waterbug recommended the NC Maritime Museum. It isn't a big museum, but it has artifacts that are centuries old, is free to enter, and if you ask for a treasure map - they will give you one. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend it.

Thank jakerson9
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Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

For a small town museum, it is one of the better ones. Lots of great historical artifacts from the infamous pirate times, with an emphasis on Black Beard. Some great boating history and a nice selection of various antique outboard engines. The Sperm Whale skeleton hanging up is impressive. I would recommend walking through this exhibit and it is free... More 

Thank Jeff M

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