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“Oh What a marveleous museum...”

North Carolina Maritime Museum
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.
Reviewed February 27, 2012

Although not the biggest museum we have ever visited this one has a lot packed in. And it is well organized and laid out.

Our only regret? We did not alot enough time to really see everything as we arrived to close to closing time.

Absolutely WILL return.

Thank lovesfood777
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

This museum has geniune artifacts from Blackbeard's ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, that was run aground near Beaufort, NC in 1718. We've seen more exciting museums in St. Augustine and Key West with pirate stories but if you want the authentic Blackbeard, see the NC Maritime Museum. Its a smalll museum but jammed pack with info. For Blackbeard, skip the front exhibits and head directly to the back hall. Its a free museum so you can come back for the other maritime history whenever you like. Side note: Ask if there will be a "widow's walk" tour on the day you are there. Sometimes, if you are lucky, a volunteer will take people on the roof walk for the great view of the Beaufort waterfront. . Its easy - up a flight of stairs and up a short spiral stair. (For the height phobic - its not scary high; you can do it!) Anyway the museum is too packed with text boards to take in with an hour, so I recommend just seeing the Blackbeard exhibit at the back and coming later in the day for more of the museum's ship exhibits. Kids will love the visuals at this museum but it's too packed with "read this" plaques to expect them to slow down and read everything. I would skip the "film" with the small television screen because this film on the recovery of the Queen Anne's Revenge ship is available on NC public television. Focus on the exhibits. Beaufort is easy to love so take a break and stroll the waterfront between enjoying the museum. We visited in the winter. The museum is very popular in the summer and may be too crowded for its small size on peak weeks. Enjoy exhibit. Stroll around town. Enjoy more exhibits. Stroll. That is a good recipe for any day in Beaufort.

1  Thank DeeDeeNC070
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

GREAT for the whole family. A real jewel in the NC treasure box, and the learning opportunities for children are endless.

Thank JMfromIndianLand
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Only had a limited time to spend before the museum closed, and spent it all in the new Queen Anne's Revenge display. Learned some interesting facts to go along with my pirate knowledge. Wish I would have had more time to spend looking around at other displays.

Thank JMIphotog
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Reviewed February 17, 2012

I'm not really into stuff like this but this museum blew my socks off. The Blackbeard exhibit is SO interesting! Even the history of the boat types used in the area and the fishing industry was intriguing. It has a lot for kids but definitely enough to keep adults captivated.

Thank ColoLura
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