North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort

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Located on the Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina Maritime Museum boasts a massive collection of ships and maritime objects. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the region as you peruse its collection of over 35,000 maritime items. The museum's collection includes small watercraft, old shipwrecks, boat engines from as early as the 1920s, ship models, navigation and fishing equipment, and photographs. Learn the story of Blackbeard, the pirate who lost his ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, when it sunk in Beaufort Inlet. For a more hands-on experience, sign up for a boatbuilding class at the museum. You can work in a team to build a whole boat in just a day. Plan to visit North Carolina Maritime Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Beaufort attractions using our Beaufort trip maker tool .
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  • Many worthwhile exhibits, including an excellent history and lots of actual relics from Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.  more »
  • This is a great museum with things from Blackbeard's ship and other interesting things! A great way to spend an hour or 2. Best of all it is free but donations are accepted!  more »
  • We stopped by this on a whim... saw the Museum Signs in town. We’d just left Ft. Macon and decided to go. Great Decision! Museum closes at 5pm, so we only had about 45mins... definetly didn’t get to s...  more »
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  • Go! Do not hesitate. This is the only chance to see the Queen Anne's Revenge relics with your own eyes. The entire museum is good but the QAR exhibit is a view into the past world. However, the gift shop is useless. They should do a much better job of having far more things related to sail sips and pirates. One thing I often notice in museums and this one is the same...parents take their small and preteen kids. Children do not understand what they are seeing and just want to play on the beach. They will reach the age of 19 and will tell a friend that they went to this museum as a kid but do not remember anything. Save yourself the trouble. Let the kids play on the beach and let the adults experience the museum. It will allow you a better experience and likely also allow other guests to actually enjoy the experience in peace.
  • Awesome museum. Went this past week for the first time. Really enjoyed touring it. Highly recommend to anyone.
  • It is a very nice place to visit. The natural history items are well represented but hard to view closely because they are mounted very high. The history of navigation in the area is interesting but they skipped the part between late 1700's to the advent of steam when the area had been a shipbuilding center and producer of rope, tar and enormous amounts of kerosenes, liquers and solvents taken from pine sap. The rest is well presented and the library is a beauty to behold.
  • Some great exhibits about the history of Blackbeard and fishing/ship building in North Carolina. There are a few dud exhibits, though, and the museum (like lots of museums) isn't always the best laid out, so you may find yourself going backwards through the information.
  • Wonderful museum! My favorite is the Blackbeard exhibit, truly fascinating! My nieces enjoyed the whale heart and exhibits about the boats. No admission is charged, but donations are suggested, and it's definitely worth a donation!

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