Explore our area’s boatbuilding and fishing heritage from native log hulls to colonial skiffs and Barbour Boats. Nature-lovers in your family? Learn about the sea life and ecosystems that line the North Carolina shore with a full-size sperm whale flying just overhead!
Perhaps the most widely known exhibit is Queen Anne’s Revenge – preserved relics and history of Blackbeard’s infamous ship that met its final fate along the Beaufort shoreline. The Museum is the official repository of the shipwreck’s artifacts including cannons, coins and other items, helping to tell the story of how a man became a legend and what life was like for a pirate on the open seas.
Want to take a deeper dive into boatbuilding? A quick walk across the street to the Museum’s impressive Watercraft Center gives a glimpse of the process as the boatbuilding tradition continues. Various projects and programs are ongoing throughout the year, and you can even build your own standup paddleboard!
Whether you’re interested in history, woodworking, nature, or an afternoon of family fun, the North Carolina Maritime Museum is an amazing stop to add to your Crystal Coast adventure.
Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516