Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Hatteras Island

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  • A free museum...donations asked for. Great exhibits. Lot of cool facts. You must go see. Across the street from the Atlantic.  more »
  • Went to this smalll museum with my wife and son. It's not very big but what they do have is very interesting. They had items from the civil war battles in the Outer Banks and also from several ship wr...  more »
  • Exhibits about the ships that sank off of Cape Hatteras should be the focus of the museum. Exhibits about the shipwrecks was what I expected to see. What I found was an inordinate focus on a minor Civ...  more »
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  • A great place to get the history of the area and to see what they have pulled up from the bottom of the ocean from wrecks as they are working to clean and preserve them. I always stop for the gift shop, which has a lot of great gifts for everyone. It is not your typical T-Shirt/Wings type of shop but more decorations and books.
  • Cool exterior on the building. Some fun exhibits, such as a collection of old scuba gear and artifacts from a German U-boat, including pieces of an enigma machine. I also liked the history of the Frenel lighthouse lens. Can’t argue with free entry.
  • I'm a museum junkie so I liked it a lot. Things I liked.... The floor, which felt like sand. The Fabulous information on the Hatteras Lighthouse Lantern and lens's mysterious disappearance. The markers and information throughout the parking lot. Clever shape of the building. Details and behind-glass objects from wartime sea battles, some of which is still under study & renovation. The film room, which has continually running films. There are, however, things that need work. The museum lacks focus and though the individual exhibits are interesting, they do not flow together; the overall effect is a lack of cohesiveness. Yes, the Titanic sank in the Atlantic, but the information doesn't seem to belong here on the Outer Banks. The films shown are interesting, but they are more about the science of underwater recovery in general, and not so much about shipwrecks and history. Information about Queen Anne's Revenge assumes the viewer already knows all about Blackbeard. Needs more background. The comprehensive info on sportfishing seems better suited to a museum of sea, or a general OBX museum because it's unrelated to the Graveyard theme. Overall, it's definitely worth a visit. And for sure make time to read the panels in the lobby about the Hatteras Lantern. But I hope efforts will be made to more finely tune and curate the exhibits.
  • A well built structure houses an inconsistent and chaotic group of b-list exhibits. I applaud this place as an attraction that is in its early stages of evolution, but it has a ways to go and needs a curator that will provide a consistent and meaningful array of interesting items that relate to each other and not merely a disparite group of novelties. The museum has yet to find its wow-factor. A collection of sixties era scuba Regulators, a bag of Doritos that washed ashore and various shipwreck items indistinguishable from yard sale junk isn't enough.
  • This is a great little museum to go to while in the area, free and doesn't take much time. It has a lot of interesting artifacts and stories that go with them and you are sure to learn something new. It is free so don't expect the greatest museum of all time but it is still well worth the stop.

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