Museums, Aquariums & Planetariums

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village is a unique museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich maritime history of the Outer Banks. This area of coastal North Carolina got its name The Graveyard of the Atlantic from the more than 2,000 known shipwrecks that rest off of the Outer Banks. A section of the museum is open and a portion of its collections are on display, though portions of the museum's interior are still under construction. Some artifacts available in the museum include the "Lost Lens" from the first Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Enigma machine from the U-85 (the first U-boat sunk by the Allies), Billy Mitchell's historic bombing achievements off the Cape Hatteras coast, the Union gunboat Huron, the famous Ghost ship Carroll A. Deering, ship models and more.
Location: End of Hwy. 12 in Hatteras Village next to the Ferry Terminal.
Phone: (252) 986-2995
Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

In Frisco, the Native American history of Hatteras Island and the Native American culture of our nation are preserved. The owners have taken great care to preserve Native American heritage, with their collection of artifacts, exhibits and natural history displays. Galleries include information on Native Americans across the United States, and arts and crafts from around the nation. A dugout canoe, tools, instruments and other items found on the museum property offer a glimpse into the island's former life. The gift shop has a wide variety of Native American-made items and arts and crafts. While you're there, be sure to walk on the nature trails that wind through several acres of forest.
Location: 23645 NC Highway 12, Frisco, NC 27936
Phone: (252) 995-4440
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Museum

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Museum

The "Double Keeper's Quarters" is used to house the "Museum of the Sea" and the Buxton Visitor Center. The Visitor Center offers and Eastern National bookstore and several bulletin board displays. The Museum is within the historic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Double Keepers Quarters. The two-floor museum contains exhibits on various aspects of history touching the Outer Banks, and some natural history display. A small audiovisual room provides for a variety of presentations.Most visitors visit both the Visitor Center and Museum during their visit to the adjacent Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There is beach parking nearby, as well as the Buxton Woods Nature Trail.Ranger programs are scheduled during summer months and offered intermittantly, or as posted, the rest of the year.
Location: 46375 Lighthouse Road, Buxton, NC 27920
Phone: (252) 995-4474