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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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Fun visit

We were here for the waterfowl/duck decoy festival/Vivian Howard book signing. Fun museum. Be... read more

Reviewed December 3, 2018
Morehead City, North Carolina
Excellent Museum for History and Waterfoul

We stopped to visit and were treated to a short walk to the Willow Pond to see Egrets and Blue... read more

Reviewed September 17, 2018
Mary D
Etna, Ohio
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The museum houses the region’s largest collection of decoys (old and new) along with changing exhibitions of workboats, community history, commercial fishing, and wildlife photography. It also offers a stunning view of Cape Lookout Lighthouse from...more
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1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

We were here for the waterfowl/duck decoy festival/Vivian Howard book signing. Fun museum. Be sure to stop by when you are in town.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank iriskitty
Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

We stopped to visit and were treated to a short walk to the Willow Pond to see Egrets and Blue Herons. The museum has three levels and numerous artifacts of the maritime life, history of families and the towns. There is an incredible view from...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mary D
Reviewed August 26, 2018

Beautiful building with great local history and lots of old decoys. If you are anywhere near, it is worth stopping by.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Walter O
Reviewed April 25, 2018 via mobile

Eastern NC craftsmen have made decoys since they arrived from England & Ireland in the 1700s. Their work is beautiful art. Great exhibits showing the history of Harker's Island. If you have the time, it's definitely worth the drive. Be sure to check out the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank judystewartnc
Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

A wonderful small museum filled with duck carvings that look real and vintage goods of days gone by. It doesn’t take long to visit, but def worth the drive. If summertime, take a picnic to enjoy at the adjoining park, or spend some $$ to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank sophiegirl04
Reviewed November 4, 2017

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum is a must stop for anyone wanting to learn or reminisce about the real Down East in North Carolina. They have an extensive research library along with artifacts and history of each of the Down East communities. Don't miss walking...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Travis C
Reviewed October 25, 2017

We visited this museum with our Road Scholar group and found it to be wonderful. Dozens of excellent wood decoy carvings and art work. No admission-just donations. On certain days carvers are here so you can see their wonderful work. Plan on at least an...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Wildycat
Reviewed September 26, 2017

We visit the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center every time we are in the area. We have a friend who grew up on Harkers Island and still lives there. It is a treat to have him take us thru the museum with his...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank tom4cats
Reviewed September 10, 2017 via mobile

This museum and community center celebrates Core Sound Decoy Carvers' works of art, boat-building and commercial fishing. Upstairs one will find documentation and a cultural history area to represent each of the Down East communities. The third floor boasts an observation deck. There's also a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank MSME22
Reviewed September 7, 2017

This is a relative new museum. It has a lot of info about the Down East community and boat building. It is a very nice facility. I always take friends and family here while they are visiting.

Date of experience: August 2017
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