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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
+1 252-728-1500
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Big, beautiful, interesting museum (FREE)

Eastern NC craftsmen have made decoys since they arrived from England & Ireland in the 1700s. Their... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2018
Judy S
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Kure Beach, North Carolina
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A wonderful small museum filled with duck carvings that look real and vintage goods of days gone... read more

Reviewed March 7, 2018
sophiegirl04
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Western NC
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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 the third-story tower. Willow Pond includes an interpretive hiking trail through maritime forest that leads to the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitors Center next door.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“local history” (15 reviews)
“duck” (11 reviews)
“boat building” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
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+1 252-728-1500
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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

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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

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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

Thank Travis C
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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

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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

Thank Thomas T
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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

Thank MSME22
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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.

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Reviewed July 23, 2017

I have visited this aquarium on several occasions with family, friends, and school field trips. Although I have been there many times, I am never bored. I enjoy the shark tank with all of the different types of fish. The presentations in the theater are...More

Thank Lori J
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Reviewed July 20, 2017 via mobile

We stopped in and were pleasantly surprised. Very nice experience. Educational and a lot to look at. So glad we decided to go. It was very nice.

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Reviewed July 12, 2017

We didn't expect this place to be that incredible, but it really was! We gladly donated a small fee as it is privately owned & funded and highly urge everyone who visits Harkers Island to put this on their "must see" list! The entire inside...More

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