North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort Beaufort
Where is it at?
North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort
315 Front Street
Where are we going today?
The North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort lets kids explore the wonders of the ocean and maritime history, both indoors and outdoors right on the water!
Kids, fancy getting your captains hat on and taking a journey through the maritime history of our great oceans, and all that occurred on them?
Have you heard of...Blackbeard? You have?! Well, did you know that in 1718 this infamous pirate lost his flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, when it ran aground right in Beaufort!
It was only in 1996 that a crew discovered the shipwreck, and now YOU get to be apart of it with this interactive and permanent exhibition. Artifacts, legends, weapons, and the history of the crew are all on display. What do you think they were like? Can you imagine being part of the pirate crew? Arrrrrr maybe!
You will learn how Blackbeard became a legends, and how North Carolina's geography and economy created a "perfect storm" for piracy! You will also learn about how the team know that the shipwreck was actually Blackbeard's, and also...where is all the treasure!
There is a fascinating exhibit on the seafood industry, and commercial fishing. Kids will love checking out the tools of the trade which include crab pots and flounder scales. What do you think it would have been like working in the fisheries?
The North Carolina Maritime Museum Beaufort also has a great exhibition on whales and whaling. You can even meet Echo - their resident sperm whale!
If you want to get out onto the water, the museum offer programs where you can actually spend some time within their summer camps learning how to sail. There is also a Junior Sailing Program and Summer Science School.
So whether it's pirates, whales, sails or just history, the North Caroline Maritime Museum Beaufort will have something for every age, and every inquisitive little captain!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsDonations appreciated
When can we go?
9am - 5pm weekdays / 10am - 5pm Saturdays / 1pm - 5pm Sundays
Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years.
The museum offer programs for schools, which are designed to give students a memorable experience through maritime culture. They also offer homeschool and outreach programs. .
What people are saying?
by Shirleen Gullett
We had a great time exploring this museum! Loved Blackbeard's treasures!
by Thomas Finnimore
Great little museum. Nice collection and display of Blackbeard's artifacts. Looks like they have a good assortment of activities as well. Will be visiting it again.
by Erich Lehmann
A nice little museum filled with artifacts from Blackbeard's ship and other maritime history. A great library and friendly staff, all for free! Worth a visit for sure for at least one day.
by Sam Marcom
by Angela Morley
Very informative place to visit and learn about the areas maritime traditions. The boat shop was fun as well! Find a volunteer and ask questions!