Dive into a wealth of coastal artifacts, folklore, and legendary figures with a visit to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Operating as one of three maritime museums along coastal NC, this distinctive site is known for its unique ship-worthy exterior, its vast collection of exhibits that span centuries, and its close ties with the Southern Outer Banks’ most famous resident, Blackbeard the Pirate.

The museum is most famous for its artifacts from Blackbeard’s “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718, and visitors are welcome to see the collection of ancient relics that once belonged to the infamous Edward Teach himself. There’s also plenty more to discover outside the pirate realm, including exhibits dedicated to the local lighthouse and lifesaving stations, the boating and seafood industry, the original natives and early residents, and much more. There’s also a boat building center located on-site - the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center - which teaches boat building skills to students of all ages, as well as a host of special events held throughout the year which range from educational programs to special outings just for kids. With a wide world of legendary history to uncover, the North Carolina Maritime Museum is a must for any Beaufort explorer.

Beaufort
Hours
  • Monday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday1:00pm-5:00pm
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Kitty Hawk Kites Beaufort

Kitty Hawk Kites Beaufort

Kitty Hawk Kites has remodeled and opened its new doors directly on the Beaufort waterfront. This shop offers the leading selection of kites, wind art, toys, t-shirts and apparel, Hobie kayaks, and more. In addition, stop by and make your reservation for one of our new Beaufort adventures:

Beaufort Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum

Beaufort Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum

Soak up the centuries-old history of beautiful Beaufort with a visit to the Beaufort Historic Site. Renowned as the third oldest town in North Carolina, there’s a lot of history to explore in this quiet Southern Outer Banks community, and visitors can dive right in by touring a collection of 10 historic homes and structures that are located within the downtown region.