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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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Blackbeard!!!

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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6 reviews 6 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
53 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Milwaukee, WI
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

The museum is under construction right now, not sure when it will be complete. Despite the construction, the museum was still very informative and interesting. A lot of information on Blackbeard. Be sure to peek into the library, it's beautiful!

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WINCHESTER, MASS
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87 reviews 87 reviews
13 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We actually stumbled upon this place in search of postcards. Yes, they did have them but that played a very minor role in our visit. The maritime history of the area is displayed beautifully through a large variety of exhibits and artifacts and the notorious Blackbeard the Pirate, who frequented this area is prominently featured. This is just a neat... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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238 reviews 238 reviews
74 attraction reviews
350 helpful votes 350 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This is a wonderful little museum that provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the seafaring history of the North Carolina coast. There are several displays that highlight such things as whaling, the life saving stations, Light houses, ship/boat building and a very interesting exhibit of items found on "The Queen Anne's Revenge" (Black Beard the pirate's ship) which was... More 

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Coplay, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We mainly went here to see the Blackbeard exhibit but the rest of the museum was very nice also. There are some civil war artifacts and some marine life exhibits but obviously mainly boat history exhibits.

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