Named for the abundance of sunken ships that lay off North Carolina’s coast, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum offers visitors an exciting look into the perils and battles that local ships and sailors faced throughout history. From the notorious pirate, Blackbeard, to German U-boats, the waters off the shores of the Outer Banks have a history of claiming seafaring vessels and their personnel. If you love maritime history, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, NC, is for you!

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5 Reasons to Visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

1. Fascinating Maritime Artifacts

At the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, you’ll find a range of fascinating pieces from sunken history. For example, the museum features the flag of the USS Monticello, a rare piece of Civil War history. Every month, the museum displays a new artifact as part of their “Artifact Discovery” feature, so be on the lookout for new pieces of history!

2. Exciting Exhibits & Events

There is always something exciting happening at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Two of the museum’s main exhibits, “The Graveyard of the Atlantic” and “The Civil War on Hatteras Island,” offer an interesting experience and a glimpse into the area’s rich maritime history. Visitors can enjoy scavenger hunts, craft events, and more!

3. Interesting Shipwrecks

The USS Monitor, the famous ironclad Union gunboat from the Civil War, was recovered near Hatteras. In addition, the German U-Boat, UC 85, was sunk off the shores of the Outer Banks. These are just a couple examples of the countless ships that met their fate, whether by nature or war, in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. The museum features a changing display of artifacts and information about shipwrecks and shipwreck recovery technology.

4. Educational Programs

Regardless of your age, there’s a bounty of knowledge at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Lectures, video presentations, children’s programs, and more are all part of the museum’s education efforts. The storied and exciting maritime history native to the area makes for a great way to learn.

5. Naval Warfare History

For centuries, the waters off the shores of North Carolina have been host to naval battles. Pirate raids, Civil War engagements, and German U-Boats have all been a part of the history of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Learn about Edward “Blackbeard” Teach, the pirates of Colonial America, and the WWII battles between the U.S. Navy and the Nazi submarines that prowled East Coast waters.

Where to Find the Museum

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museums. It is located at 59200 Museum Dr, Hatteras, NC, 27943. To learn more about the museum and find out about regular updates, follow the museum on Facebook.

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