Upcoming events at the N.C. Maritime Museums canceled

By on March 14, 2020

N.C. Maritime Museums

In light of Governor Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, some upcoming special events and programs scheduled for March and April at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras have been canceled. These events include:

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

19           Beaufort’s Dolphins, Getting to Know Them (lecture)
25           By Hook or By Crook (lecture)
26           Vanishing Sail: The Story of a Caribbean Tradition (film screening)
28           Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting


2          The 46th annual Wooden Boat Show, usually held along Front Street in downtown Beaufort, has been rescheduled for Oct. 17 and will move to our Gallants Channel property.


3             5th annual North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium
8             Merry-time for Tots: Whale of a Time (preschool program)
16           Exploring Tidal Flats (field program)
17           Naval Support during the Battle of Plymouth (lecture)
18–19    Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Class
23           Sea Turtles, A Feast Fit for a Pirate (lecture)
28           Kayak the Salt Marsh (field program)
25           Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting

Demonstrations in the on-site conservation lab will not be offered through the rest of March and into April.


Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras


4             Underwater Heritage Symposium
7             Ocracoke Wild (lecture)
14           U-boats off the North Carolina Coast (lecture)
16           Painting Handcrafted Canvas-Backed Decoys (demonstration)
21           Wreck of the Caribsea (lecture)
28           A Bermudian Pirate Ship? (lecture)


7-8         78th annual British War Graves Ceremonies, which were scheduled for May 7 in Buxton and May 8 in Ocracoke, have been canceled.


North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

17           Alcohol and the Irish (lecture)
21           Seaside Scenery (members-only painting party)
27           Homeschool Friday: Menhaden Fishermen


4             Sensory Saturday: Underwater Egg Hunt
4             Spring into History: Remembering Reconstruction Symposium
4             Santa Fe Clam Chowder (history/cooking program)
11           Springtime Sloop


While we are disappointed not to be able to offer these experiences, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our priority. If these events can be rescheduled, we will announce new dates in the future.

Currently, our museums and associated sites remain open for individual visits. However, if visitors are currently sick or belong to a group at high risk per the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, they are encouraged to postpone their visit.

During this time our sites are taking extra precautionary measures, including:

  • More frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas.
  • Hand sanitizer provided for visitor use.
  • Frequent handwashing by staff.
  • Encouraging staff to telework to the greatest extent possible.

For up to date information on other upcoming events, please visit our website, ncmaritimemuseums.com, and social media channels. More information on health precautions can be found at the NCDHHS website at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

About the N.C. Maritime Museums

The North Carolina Maritime Museum system is comprised of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Beaufort and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. All three museums are part of the Division of State History Museums in the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The system website is www.ncmaritimemuseums.com.


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