Roanoke Island Festival Park Opens Adventure Museum and Traveling Exhibit Gallery in Phase 2.5

By on September 9, 2020

Outer Banks Fishing Industry Exhibit Featured in the Adventure Museum at RIFP.


Roanoke Island Festival Park partially opened its Adventure Museum and traveling exhibit gallery to the public Sept. 8 following Governor Cooper’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions for museums, aquariums, and historic sites in Phase 2.5.

The park was able to open its outdoor venues June 2 and looks forward to expanding its educational opportunities with the partial opening of its Adventure Museum and traveling exhibit, Photographs by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective.

The Adventure Museum features over 400 years of Outer Banks history, from the Roanoke voyages to today’s fishing and tourism industries. Guests can also tour the park’s latest traveling exhibit in the ticket sales gallery. Photography by Hugh Morton: An Uncommon Retrospective features a portion of Morton’s work that highlights his love for North Carolina’s people, scenery, and history. The exhibit is on loan from the Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is free to the public.

Areas that remain closed include:
  • Legend of Two Path film
  • Below deck access on the Elizabeth II
Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” while visiting the park’s venues and museum stores as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services:
  • WEAR a cloth face mask
  • WAIT in line at least six feet away from others
  • WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer

Roanoke Island Festival Park is a part of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR), the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please visit

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