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Perched at the southern end of Hatteras Island, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a fascinating museum that pays respect to the region’s rich nautical history. The museum, named after the infamous stretch of water off the Outer Banks coastline that has claimed thousands of vessels over the years, offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn about the captivating tales of shipwrecks, adventures, and naval combat.

Explore the Museum

Upon entering this impressively built museum, you’ll notice that its architecture is inspired by the prow of a ship! You’ll be greeted by a variety of artifacts, exhibits, and stories, all bearing witness to the area’s perilous maritime history. The museum features an impressive collection of goods recovered from shipwrecks. Some of these artifacts include remnants of sunken vessels to personal belongings of crew and passengers! Other artifacts come from the Civil War era and even World War II.

The original 1854 Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Fresnel lens is one of the museum’s centerpieces. This beautiful item, which stands more than ten feet tall, once lit the way for mariners through the treacherous waters of the Atlantic. Other exhibits include a remarkable collection of relics related to the iconic pirate Blackbeard and his flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. These exhibits provide an intriguing look into a time when pirates ruled the seas.

The immersive storytelling featured at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum truly makes your visit worthwhile. The exhibits come to life and you’re able to place yourself in the scene. You’ll be led on a trip that spans many years thanks to the thoughtfully designed exhibits and captivating storylines. Learn about the treacherous shoals that claimed countless ships, witness the drama of military conflicts, and gain an appreciation for the bravery and tenacity of the mariners and life-saving crews. Interactive displays and educational programs make it a great place for families to visit. It is sure to be an entertaining and enlightening experience for young and old alike. There is also a daily scavenger hunt that will be fun for the whole family! Search for objects throughout the museum and receive a special surprise at the end!

Make the Most of Your Outer Banks Journey

You’re not simply looking at objects when you visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. You’re immersing yourself in the stories of real people who displayed heroism and resilience while out on the unpredictable ocean waters of the Atlantic. This museum provides a porthole into the past and is something you should add to your Outer Banks itinerary. And contact us to book your next stay!

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