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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

Open Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 am
Open today: 10:00 am - 5:00 am
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Excellent Museum for History and Waterfoul

We stopped to visit and were treated to a short walk to the Willow Pond to see Egrets and Blue... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mary D
Etna, Ohio
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Interesting with lots of local history

Beautiful building with great local history and lots of old decoys. If you are anywhere near, it is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Walter O
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The museum houses the region’s largest collection of decoys (old and new) along with changing exhibitions of workboats, community history, commercial fishing, and wildlife photography. It also offers a stunning view of Cape Lookout Lighthouse from...more
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1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
+1 252-728-1500
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We stopped to visit and were treated to a short walk to the Willow Pond to see Egrets and Blue Herons. The museum has three levels and numerous artifacts of the maritime life, history of families and the towns. There is an incredible view from...More

Thank Mary D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building with great local history and lots of old decoys. If you are anywhere near, it is worth stopping by.

Thank Walter O
Reviewed 26 April 2018 via mobile

Eastern NC craftsmen have made decoys since they arrived from England & Ireland in the 1700s. Their work is beautiful art. Great exhibits showing the history of Harker's Island. If you have the time, it's definitely worth the drive. Be sure to check out the...More

Thank Judy S
Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

A wonderful small museum filled with duck carvings that look real and vintage goods of days gone by. It doesn’t take long to visit, but def worth the drive. If summertime, take a picnic to enjoy at the adjoining park, or spend some $$ to...More

Thank sophiegirl04
Reviewed 5 November 2017

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum is a must stop for anyone wanting to learn or reminisce about the real Down East in North Carolina. They have an extensive research library along with artifacts and history of each of the Down East communities. Don't miss walking...More

Thank Travis C
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We visited this museum with our Road Scholar group and found it to be wonderful. Dozens of excellent wood decoy carvings and art work. No admission-just donations. On certain days carvers are here so you can see their wonderful work. Plan on at least an...More

Thank Wildycat
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We visit the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center every time we are in the area. We have a friend who grew up on Harkers Island and still lives there. It is a treat to have him take us thru the museum with his...More

Thank Thomas T
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This museum and community center celebrates Core Sound Decoy Carvers' works of art, boat-building and commercial fishing. Upstairs one will find documentation and a cultural history area to represent each of the Down East communities. The third floor boasts an observation deck. There's also a...More

Thank MSME22
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a relative new museum. It has a lot of info about the Down East community and boat building. It is a very nice facility. I always take friends and family here while they are visiting.

Thank dheflin57
Reviewed 23 July 2017

I have visited this aquarium on several occasions with family, friends, and school field trips. Although I have been there many times, I am never bored. I enjoy the shark tank with all of the different types of fish. The presentations in the theater are...More

Thank Lori J
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