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What You’ll See at the North Carolina Maritime Museum


The North Carolina Maritime Museum is a collection of three historic centers located on the North Carolina coast. The museum in beautiful Beaufort, just a short drive from Emerald Isle, features a number of creative exhibits and rare artifacts for lovers of coastal history. It also hosts engaging events for all ages. From the young student interested in creatures that swim under the sea to the adult who wants to learn boat building as a hobby, the North Carolina Maritime Museum is the place for everyone to learn a little more about the mysteries and history of the ocean.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum is just one amazing activity for you and your family to enjoy during your visit to the Emerald Isle. For more ideas on interesting, fun places to explore, download our complimentary Vacation Guide! It’s full of places to shop, eat, and make memories during your next trip to the beautiful Emerald Isle!

Learn the History of Surfing at the North Carolina Maritime Museum

North Carolina has long been a hidden gem for surfers searching for the next perfect wave. Now, you can learn about the history of surfing off of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast (a tradition that is over a century old), thanks to a new exhibit at the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Surfing has played a large role in molding the coastal culture and economy of North Carolina. We know that the wave-lovers pastime graced the coast as early as 1909. The once unique exhibit morphed into a common hobby and the hobby into a lifestyle. It wasn’t long before the lifestyle evolved into an industry. Word spread and North Carolina became known as having some of the best waves on the eastern seaboard. Surf shops and related businesses sprung up to accommodate the swell of visitors, providing a boom for the local economy. Find out more and take a look at some awesome pictures on your visit to the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum Blackbeard Exhibit

Pirate aficionados will find so much to enjoy at the North Carolina Maritime Museum. In addition to classes about pirate history, it’s home to an exhibit on the infamous Blackbeard. The legendary raider was defeated and killed off the coast of North Carolina in 1718.

However, the story of this notoriously flamboyant marauder lives on. Artifacts from his wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, can be seen inside the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Cannons, grenades, belt buckles, beads, and more are a tangible part of his larger-than-life legacy that you can see when you visit.

The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center

The Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center is located across from the North Carolina Maritime Museum, on Taylor Creek. Named for the man whose collection of maritime artifacts spawned the very existence of the museum itself, the watercraft center pays homage to the maritime enthusiast by keeping his passions alive. Locals, visitors, and boaters of all skill levels can attend courses at the watercraft center to learn how to build boats. Classes are offered throughout the year and those who want to witness the process are welcome to watch.

Drop Your Anchor at a Gorgeous Spinnaker’s Reach Vacation Home

After a day of sea-bound fun at the North Carolina Maritime Museum, rest your sails and rejuvenate yourself at a Spinnaker’s Reach vacation home. One of our luxurious homes is a great place to relax before you venture out again. With a diverse selection of homes, you can find the one that’s perfect for you and your family during your trip to Emerald Isle. Contact us today! We’ll be happy to assist you in planning an amazing vacation to the North Carolina Coast!