North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort

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Located on the Beaufort Harbor, North Carolina Maritime Museum boasts a massive collection of ships and maritime objects. Visit the museum to learn about the history of the region as you peruse its collection of over 35,000 maritime items. The museum's collection includes small watercraft, old shipwrecks, boat engines from as early as the 1920s, ship models, navigation and fishing equipment, and photographs. Learn the story of Blackbeard, the pirate who lost his ship, Queen Anne's Revenge, when it sunk in Beaufort Inlet. For a more hands-on experience, sign up for a boatbuilding class at the museum. You can work in a team to build a whole boat in just a day. Plan to visit North Carolina Maritime Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Beaufort attractions using our Beaufort trip maker tool.
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  • Pretty informative. Was a nice display. It was free to get in. Clean. Wishing it was open on Sunday.  more »
  • Always enjoy seeing the updates on Queen Anne’s Revenge and other exhibits. The gift shop always has something new as well  more »
  • Fantastic museum! beautiful location, great staff and tons of great relics. The volunteers here are just great! Can't recommend high enough! My family and I will visit every time we come to Beaufort now!
  • Travelers, this is a delightful museum that tells a fantastic story of local maritime history, which is very rich in Beaufort. Basically, in a hurricane, when boats were stranded on sandbars off cape Lookout, the local men would row out to the outer islands to rescue the shipwrecked sailors. The locals shot a rope to the boat to make a pulley. Someone from the boat had to swim to the island back with the rope to make the pulley work. Lots of times sailors couldn't swim so they sent the horse to land with the rope around it's beck. When it got to shore the local took the rope off and the horse ran away and turned feral. Some of the islands have horses that have been living there for hundreds of years. Anyway, that is just one fascinating this g I learned going through that museum. There is so much more. We recommend. Enjoy.

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