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Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

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Address: 59200 Museum Dr, Hatteras Island, NC 27943
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+1 252-986-2995
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great little museum

If you're looking for something to do at the southern end of Hatteras Island this little known museum is the answer. The museum is free, but do ask for donations. Gives a great... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jeff K
Bryans Road, Maryland
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Bryans Road, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for something to do at the southern end of Hatteras Island this little known museum is the answer. The museum is free, but do ask for donations. Gives a great history of ships that have sunk around the Cape Hatteras area and explains about the sinking of the USS Monitor. It's a no frills museum but a... More 

Thank Jeff K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to the museum. The artifacts and history were very interesting, especially the Civil War exhibit. The layout was a little atypical, but the depth of the history given was very cool. Definitely worth a visit when you're in this area.

Thank KEVRED73
Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016

So, the name of this place is 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'. So, it's safe to assume that when visiting this museum, one would expect to learn a lot about the wrecked ships along the Atlantic Ocean. I guess that's what we get for assuming. The only good thing from this visit is, we didn't have to pay. There is NOTHING... More 

1 Thank PinkyandDaBrain
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

Wonderful visit to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum during Thanksgiving week. There is not a charge, only a donation box. The exhibits were nice and covered a lot of detail about the lost ships of this area. Very clean and friendly people working there. The gift shop is fantastic. There is also a big room right as you walk... More 

1 Thank gjscollins
Lutherville Timonium, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Very interesting from the outside and inside. when you get inside, you will be greeted by the most wonderful couple who will introduce the museum. The museum is small compared to a big city museum and some of the displays are not very kid friendly but if you are in the Outer Banks and looking for some indoor activity, this... More 

1 Thank NDGM90
Oxford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

This museum is located as far down as you can go on Hatteras Island. It is small, but well set up and informative. I great spot to visit.

Thank tawny1956
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We always stop at museums on our vacation when we find them. This was small, but informative. Lots of nice exhibits explaing the ship wrecks that have occured in the area. Nothing grat, but worth a stop.

Thank Tom B
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Its free, its convenient if you are waiting for a ferry and have time to kill but I sure wouldnt make a special trip. The displays just seemed to lack, we were there with folks ranging from toddler to teen to adult, no one walked away excited or gripped by anything they saw...there wasnt even that much to see. The... More 

Thank tdngjj
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

This place is super cool! My husband and I were out exploring cape hatteras and we stumbled across this gem. We didn't think it was open at first but so glad we saw it was! Super neat museum bigger than it looks and super interesting with the ships and such. Definitely go check this out when your in the outer... More 

Thank Christina H
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

This is an outstanding free museum that really educates on the history of the area. It's not terribly large, but I really learned a lot. I read all the displays, and it took about an hour to get through. It is very well done.

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