Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Island

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3.6/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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  • This is an outstanding free museum that really educates on the history of the area. It's not terribly large, but I really learned a lot. I read all the displays, and it took about an hour to get throu...  read more »
  • Showed the history of ships that have been sunk nearby including The Monitor. Have re-created good exhibits along with detail on underwater diving equipment and dress. Pretty good visit. 
  • I love small museums - they are more manageable during short, activity-packed visits. This was a wonderful stop with lots of Civil War-era historical facts and stories. Plus they had artifacts from Bl...  read more »
  • I don't get where the comment about it being too dark came from. Lighting wasn't the issue. It had neat things, lots of potential. I actually found a good bit of gifts at the shop. You can't really expect to spend more than a half hour there, but it's a good stop after coming over on the ferry.
  • I'd wanted to visit Hatteras Light for many years and last week I finally got there. Also stopped by the Graveyard museum on the same trip. My wife and I really enjoyed it. I don't understand the complaints here about the lighting, since many museums keep lighting slightly subdued. We spent about three hours there viewing the exhibits. I'd read reviews here before going, and frankly, I wasn't sure what to expect. I learned there was far more U-boat activity on the Carolina coast than I'd realized, and I'm a history buff. I was also curious about the comment here regarding an exhibit featuring items about RMS Titanic, which I think should be addressed. On the night of Titanic's sinking when their "wireless" operators began sending messages, the first shore station to receive their message was Hatteras. The operator at Hatteras then sent a message to New York advising them of the disaster. An operator in New York replied and accused Hatteras of 'hoaxing', but a short time later Hatteras received a message from RMS Carpathia. That's when the news was taken seriously. So actually yes, the Titanic display has a legitimate place in a museum in North Carolina. Oh, and the original light was on display as well. If you're willing to make the drive, the Graveyard Museum is an interesting place to spend two or three hours. They have a gift shop with quite a nice selection of books about the Outer Banks, a knowledgeable (volunteer) staff, and free admission. But no food, so pack a lunch. We plan on visiting again, since the displays and exhibits are improving as more items come light.
  • I visited the museum last week and have to agree with the experiences others had that, all in all, this was a pretty slack show. The Good News: While there's not much to see as in "shipwrecks" there's a whole lot of everything else, maritime wise. Very interesting & I stayed nearly an hour and a half. The Bad News (IMO): It was too dark. Good grief! I could hardly read some of the graphics, and there was so MUCH text. There was an old, musty smell as well. A lot of the signage was faded, torn or damaged and simply showing it's age. IMO: This is an interesting building with lots of cool stuff & stories to tell. In a perfect world, I'd gut it & upgrade the exhibits to 21st century standards. I think it might have the potential to be a destination of choice instead of simply being a place to hang out on a rainy day. (Maybe a shuttle over to the ferry staging area to entice more folks to come?) Finally: I tried to strike up a little conversation in the gift shop only to be met with someone who wasn't very approachable. Really a cool place, but too many negatives. I hope the right people see the value of this museum and will bring it up to speed.
  • Very informative, featured real artifacts, entertaining info, quaint gift shop. If your children participate in the scavenger hunt check off list they get a rubber bracelet and sticker in the end.
  • This is your must see museum on cape hatteras. Nuff said.
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