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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

59158 Coast Guard Road, PO Box 191, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Specialty Museums
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Stoneville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This museum is right next to the ferry landing for the Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry. The admission is free. This is something to see while waiting for the ferry or on your return trip from Ocracoke. However this is not something you want to make a special trip for. Photography is not allowed inside the museum.

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Barton, New York, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

You will be very surprised at the time you will spend here. The museum covers everything about life on the sea off Hatteras Island since recorded time .... pictures, relics, pirates, Germans subs ..... it is all there!

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Evansville, Indiana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
25 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We stopped here only because the ferry was not running due to high winds. Not exactly what we were expecting; however, it is okay for what it was. Would not make a special trip to visit, but if you are early for the ferry ( or late!) it is worth stopping in. It is very small and 30 minutes or... More

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Manteo, North Carolina
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82 reviews 82 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This place has odd hours, so check ahead. But well worth the time and effort to get there. They constantly have changing exhibits and the times we have been, they are also actively working on some items that were brought up from Blackbeards ship. Very interesting, a nice small gift shop, a fantastic opportunity to see a lighthouse lense up... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Any Outer Banks visitor should find something of interest in this specialized museum. A stone's throw from the Ocracoke ferry terminal, there is ample parking & admission is free (donations encouraged).

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Chapel Hill, NC
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We had a wonderful time during our visit to the museum. The Civil War artifacts are especially wonderful.

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Plattsburgh, New York, USA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This free museum is at the southern tip of Hatteras Island near the ferry to Ocracoke. It has a variety of interesting mini-exhibits on Outer Banks sea-faring history. These include shipwrecks, Billy Mitchell's role on Hatteras, the Island's role in the Civil War, and much more. The exhibit panels have a great deal of information, so there is much reading... More

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

Arrived in the early morning in the rain. This free attraction does not permit photos due to the fragile nature, but do not provide enough postcard options for those who want a memory inside the museum. Not enough on shipwrecks, was confused on some of the exhibits since they were about life at sea and not shipwrecks. Really like the... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is a small museum that is most definitely NOT worth a special trip! Since it's called the "Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum" I expected it to be about shipwrecks ... there is scuba equipment, civil war stuff, bags of chips that washed up on shore, but not much ship wrecks ... at least it was free.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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104 reviews 104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

We visited during the government shutdown of the national parks, so this private museum was a particularly welcome site. It is certainly worth putting on your itinerary, since there are few of these kinds of things to do on the outer banks, and this one is free! Particularly nice for a rainy day activity. We were impressed with the exhibits,... More

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