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North Carolina Maritime Museum

315 Front St., Beaufort, Beaufort, NC
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.

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Baltimore, Maryland
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We spent a morning here as part of a Road Scholar trip and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The museum has some great exhibits, including a fascinating section devoted to Blackbeard. The exhibits are informative and well designed, and the museum space itself is inviting. It's just large enough to give you a good overview of North Carolina's maritime heritage but... More

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Raleigh, NC
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We actually went into the Maritime Museum because we were hot and needed to cool down and were then pleasantly surprised by all of the exhibits. My daughter is a little young for this museum (age 4), but she still enjoyed running around, looking at everything. I would have liked to have spent more time here, reading all the placards.... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
19 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

Blackbeard was being celebrated in a big way in Beaufort and the museum had an excellent National Geographic documentary in their theatre which slowed greater enjoyment of the Blackbeard exhibit. The remaining exhibits were also very well done, dealing with boats and the making thereof.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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102 reviews 102 reviews
45 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

I have to disclose first that I am not a big maritime type person, I can't really handle boats that well....sea-sickness. But for someone who doesn't enjoy boating or the open seas that much, I can really appreciate the time and attention to detail they put into this museum. It's free to get in, you will need to set-aside about... More

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Honestly, I wasn't expecting much from this museum as it had donation admission and it didn't look like a large building from the outside. However, there were lots of great finds inside. There was a lot of information on the Civil War in the area, but my favorite part was in the back, an exhibit on Blackbeard and the Queen... More

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Clayton, NC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We really enjoyed the museum although it was a little crowded due to the Pirate Invasion. The exhibits were great and we especially loved the Queen Anne's Revenge artifacts. The kids loved the interactive computers.

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Vilas, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Took my 7 year old in to check out the history of the area and I came out amazed. This place is chocked full of neat facts and artifacts. Well worth the walk (due to lack of parking near by).

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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139 reviews 139 reviews
29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

Went on Pirate Invasion weekend. was a little too crowded to see the museum but did get a good flavor for the exhibits. Seemed well done and informative. Got enough that I would definitely stop in again if in the area

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Franklin, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

I liked that I learned things I didn't even know to wonder about. Being drawn to the history of the Colonial Period, I was especially fascinated by the Blackbeard portion of the exhibit.

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Pine Level, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My family loves a good free museum and this one does not disappoint. There are plenty of exhibits to look at. And the people who work here are amazingly friendly. Go see what they think is the remnants of Blackbeards ship.

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