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Museum of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City

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The Museum of the Albemarle is located in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. It serves as the northeastern regional branch of the North Carolina Museum of History. This area of North Carolina is sometimes considered the birthplace of English North America, with close proximity to Roanoke Island and the "Lost Colony" of 1585.

Established in 1967 in a former NC Highway Patrol station south of Elizabeth City, the Museum has since expanded with a new four-story museum building in 2008 located on the Downtown Waterfront.

The core exhibit is "Our Story - Life in the Albemarle", a 6200 sq. ft. gallery featuring over 700 artifacts that interpret the rich history and culture of the 16-county Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina.

Other branches of The North Carolina Museum of History include:

North Carolina Museum of History - (Raleigh)

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum - (Hatteras)

Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex - (Fayetteville)

Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center - (Old Fort)

North Carolina Maritime Museum - (Beaufort, Southport)
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  • Good materials and displays with very relevant artifacts related to the history of North Carolina . The staff was very helpful and encouraging. The facility was impressive and very modern. 
    Good materials and displays with very relevant artifacts related to the history of North Carolina . The staff was very helpful and encouraging. The facility was impressive and very modern.  more »
  • In this small city, a good way to spend 1-2 browsing through stories and history. Free admission Nice small gift shop 
    In this small city, a good way to spend 1-2 browsing through stories and history. Free admission Nice small gift shop  more »
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  • This museum was well worth the long drive and visit. It took us about 3 hours to see everything and there was a section that was closed off. In addition to the regular sections of the museum they had special exhibit on the contributions of women and one called High on the Hog which was about the history of slaughtering and processing pigs. It was really interesting. Aside from those there was a section on the history of Native Americans as well as the history of the area. The museum is fully accessible and has benches throughout. I was able to easily navigate it with my scooter. One thing that was disappointing was the first floor bathroom. There was a handicap sign on the outside but no handicap stall inside. Then when I looked a little further I found a door that said “nursing room”, when I looked inside there was a handicap toilet set up. It was strange. The staff here are really nice and helpful. The gift shop was really nice, I spent way too much in there. I was also able to buy gifts from the local area. Take the time to enjoy this gem of a museum!
  • All around great museum for our area. If you love history and just a good time walking around with interesting exhibits, check it out. Staff is very helpful, building is nice and inviting. Good for anyone to come by and learn a few things.

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