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The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center teaches boat-building for all ages.


  • A boat exhibit created around the beginning of the Museum's opening
  • The front of Beaufort's Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort got its start in the late 1970s with the determination of local folks to build a museum where a collection of marine artifacts could be permanently preserved, displayed and interpreted. An important page in this history was turned in 1980s with the gift of prime land on Front Street upon which the new museum and its iconic boat-building shop would sit. This local commitment helped persuade the State of North Carolina to reciprocate with funds to build a first-rate museum building and boat building shop and to give them a professional staff. From the beginning, this Museum has been a public-private partnership. The state provides annual support to pay the staff and keep the doors open. The Friends of the Museum raise funds to support programming, exhibits, materials and capital projects. The money comes primarily from memberships, event ticket sales and sponsorship and special appeals. While in most cases, revenue arrives in the form of cash; there are various other ways to support the Museum over time. Many of them offer attractive tax advantages to donors and their families. Planned Giving is a way to help secure the Maritime Museum’s future while benefiting the giver in tangible ways.

“NC Maritime Museum : BEAUFORT.” NC Maritime Museum BEAUFORT. Accessed October 27, 2019. https://ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com/.

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North Carolina Maritime Museum Website

North Carolina Maritime Museum Website