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North Carolina Maritime Museum

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Address: 315 Front St., Beaufort, Beaufort, NC
Phone Number: 252/728-7317
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and...
Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.
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Interesting museum, pleasant town

Good overview, and well presented, of the maritime history of the area. The exhibit on the archaeology of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge (sunk 1718) is the main attraction... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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101 reviews 101 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Good overview, and well presented, of the maritime history of the area. The exhibit on the archaeology of Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge (sunk 1718) is the main attraction, but it covers much more than just that time period--19th century shipwreck life saving, Civil War, modern boat motors, etc.

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a “must see” for visitors to the Beaufort area! Very well presented displays of the maritime history of the area. From Blackbeard and his pirates, aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, to the Civil War. To the development and evolution of local working vessels like the Sharpie, to modern recreational sport fishing, this intimate museum is a real treat!... More 

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Moorpark, California
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240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We really enjoyed this small but informative museum about North Carolina ships and pirates and shipwrecks. The Blackbeard exhibits are very well done and interesting. The ship models are quite wonderful. It's all free and run by volunteers, but there's a donation box with a suggested $6 per adult. It's clean, good for all ages, and the staff is very... More 

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Caumont-sur-Durance
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140 reviews 140 reviews
7 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

It’s a pleasure to learn at Beaufort maritime museum! The story of piracy on N.C. coast and especially Blackbeard, is explained so vividly through examples. It not only shows equipment, but it presents the why’s, the how’s, … There is a complete section on rescuing crews and passengers from wrecked ships, with precise description of equipment and processes used. It... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

If you are a pirate fan this is the place for you to see. Very interesting exhibits. The history of boating in North Carolina

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Recently the Museum re-opened the QAR exhibit with new artifacts and a conservation lab where ECU graduate students are working on concretions (globs of underwater masses which house artifacts inside) while you watch and ask questions. The rest of the museum is interesting for adults and fun/entertaining for children of all ages. A brilliant gem in the Coolest Small Town... More 

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Wash, D.C.
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The museum is well laid out, with just enough to be interesting, but not so much as to overwhelm. Staff are very friendly and helpful and the exhibits have nice information cards. Parking is downtown (plenty of restaurants for afterwards) and the museum is free. There is a wood boat workshop across the street that is also simple but interesting.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We visited on 1/24/2015 - there was evidently some type of event going on with many folks dressed as colorful pirates. This is a free museum, with donations encouraged. There are many interactive exhibits. My favorites were on whaling and lifesaving. Do not miss this place if you're interested in ships lost to the "graveyard of the Atlantic." There is... More 

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colorado
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you are into boats, sailing, and maritime history...do not miss this one...Plan on a few hours to chill and browse all the material / displays / etc... the library is one of the best...... take your time...lots to see and do ... cool place to chill in the hot summer also....

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lots of artifacts, Very educational provide explanations of ship, boat making, and the fishing industry.

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