This museum is named in honor of the Outer Banks’ nickname, Graveyard of the Atlantic, which refers to the thousands of shipwrecks that have occurred on this coast for centuries. Exhibits are dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal and shipwreck history, with emphasis on the years 1524 through 1945. Shipwrecks associated with piracy, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and World Wars I and II are the subject of changing exhibits. The museum has remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650. Programs are offered weekly in season.
Address: 59200 Museum Dr., Hatteras
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until 5 p.m. April through September).
Cost: Free (donations accepted)