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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
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great little trip

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed November 29, 2016
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

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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 

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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.

Thank parrotheadsailor
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

Showed the history of ships that have been sunk nearby including The Monitor. Have re-created good exhibits along with detail on underwater diving equipment and dress. Pretty good visit.

Thank Roger C
Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

I love small museums - they are more manageable during short, activity-packed visits. This was a wonderful stop with lots of Civil War-era historical facts and stories. Plus they had artifacts from Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge! And after visiting the museum, you can cross the parking lot and be at one of the most beautiful beaches on the Outer Banks.

Thank lilmac2012

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