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Maritime Museum in Beaufort NC | Carteret County History And Coastal Information

Information and discussions about the Maritime Museum in Beaufort NC and Carteret County history are located after the video below.

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GPS Navigation and Directions:

Location: 315 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516
Phone Number: 252-504-7740

If you want to learn about Carteret County coastal life, it’s history, the local seafood industry, the lighthouses that sit just off our banks, boat building, marine life sciences, then this museum is for you. Additionally, surfing exhibit, whale symposium, you can discover artifacts about Blackbeard the pirate and his boat the Queen Ann’s Revenge.

Many events for children and adults are held year around including the summer science program, wooden boat building workshops, and junior sailing program. If you want to know more about the history of Cape Lookout and it’s lifesaving past, then this museum is definitely for you.

You can stay up to date on the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort NC by following them on Twitter at @NCMaritimes.

Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center

Sits directly across the street from the current museum and on Taylors Creek. This attraction is a great supplemental history lesson on the cultural of wooden boat building seen in Carteret County and Beaufort going back many family generations. If you ever wanted to know how to build a working boat from scratch, then the watercraft center is the perfect 1/2 day trip. They even offer courses all year around for those that actually want to build their own boat.

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Discussions and Comments

As someone that has visited this museum, what was your favorite exhibit, or what did you find most interesting about the local culture in Beaufort as it relates to the seafood industry, or lighthouses?

Is this attraction all year around? Does it cost anything to enter? If your kids attended any summer programs, how did they like it?


October 2019: Fall-in-the-water meetup will take place on October 12, 2019 from 1 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. hosted by the friends of the museum and Traditional Small Craft Association (TSCA). Volunteers will be on hand to offer free boat rides to attendees. This is a great event to teach children and young adults about our local history and how traditional small craft is still a great way to enjoy the local coastal community and nature.

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Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

One thought on “Maritime Museum in Beaufort NC | Carteret County History And Coastal Information

  • October 25, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Most kids would rather be caught dead than go to a museum, but this one has some really great exhibits geared towards kids. We ended up spending the entire day and not one time did I hear anything from my kids about leaving. The watercraft center across the street is also a must do to learn more about maritime boat building.


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