Fans of maritime history enjoy the many exhibits that the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum has to offer. Peruse remnants of shipwrecks, wartime artifacts, and pirate displays. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Outer Banks. Admire models of famous vessels and read about renowned raiders. You may be an avid fisher, history buff, or simply looking for something to do on a rainy day. This maritime museum in Hatteras is an attraction the whole family will enjoy. Browse collections that highlight topics such as the Civil War, Blackbeard, and the Cape Hatteras lighthouse before checking out more of the best restaurants, activities, and adventures in the Outer Banks.
About the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
What to See
Walk through the doors of a ship-like building situated on the coast of Cape Hatteras. When visiting the museum, you’ll encounter a myriad of interesting artifacts. Learn more about the maritime history of this coastal region! As the name of the museum implies, the Outer Banks is home to hundreds of shipwrecks. Admire sunken treasures that scientists and divers brought back to the surface. Read about North Carolina’s role in the World Wars. You can even learn about famous pirates such as Blackbeard, Edward Low, and Anne Bonny. There’s so much to dive into! Examine displays that focus on themes such as:
- The evolution of diving
- Scuba and film
- German U-boats
- The Civil War
- The World Wars
- Pirate ships and raids
- Local family history
- Tourism & more!
What to Do
Aside from browsing the exhibits, visitors can plan their trip to the museum around exciting events. Listen as passionate educators share knowledge about everything ranging from seafood cooking and coastal history to maritime art and local language. Programs are typically free, as is general admission unless otherwise noted in the calendar. While there is no ticket cost, the museum accepts donations. Mark this insightful attraction on your map and make your way down the Outer Banks to Cape Hatteras! With kid-friendly crafts and in-depth lectures, the museum promises fun for everyone in the family! Some special events include:
- Civil War on Hatteras Island talks
- Decoy crafting workshops
- “Sea Story Time”
- The Underwater Heritage Symposium
- British War Graves Ceremonies
- History Teas
- Holiday at the Museum Gala
Stay with Paramount Destinations
While the main draw to the Outer Banks is the beach and all the exciting outdoor opportunities, there’s plenty to do here on a rainy day! A visit to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Cape Hatteras makes the perfect addition to any OBX itinerary, rain or shine. Between museum hopping and beach bumming, rest your head at a Paramount Destinations vacation home! Our Gramp’s Dream rental awaits your arrival with a private pool and a spacious floorplan. Walk to the nearby beach access and spend the dayin the sun. This cozy abode is the perfect home away from home. You’ll be close to all the best restaurants, outdoor adventures, and other things to do and see in the area. We look forward to having you!