The Native American history of Hatteras Island and the Native American culture of our nation are preserved at this must-see museum in Frisco. The building, with one section dating back to 1880, is much larger than it appears from the outside and contains a nationally recognized collection of artifacts, exhibits and natural history displays. Galleries filled with native art, pottery, weavings, baskets, weaponry, jewelry, stone work and much more provide an overview of an amazing number of diverse and beautiful Native American cultures across the United States. Particularly interesting to Hatteras Island visitors are the artifacts from the Native Americans who once inhabited this island. A dugout canoe, which was found on the museum property, is displayed with tools, instruments and other items uncovered on the island in an archaeological dig conducted by East Carolina University; these items offer a glimpse into the island’s previous life. The Natural History Center offers an opportunity to see how natives lived in harmony with their environment for thousands of years.
The gift shop has a great variety of Native American-made items, including arts and crafts, walking sticks, dream-catchers, moccasins, jewelry, paintings, drums, pottery, handmade knives and much more. The facility also includes a bookstore and even an antiques gallery operated by Friends of the Museum. While you’re here, be sure to walk on the museum’s nature trails that wind through several acres of maritime forest and include a longhouse, canoe and other examples of life on Hatteras Island prior to European contact.
Museum hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Winter hours may vary; call for confirmation. Admission cost is $5 per person, $3 for seniors or $15 per family. The admission fee includes weekly seminars from mid-June through Labor Day.
Guided tours for groups are available. The museum sponsors Village Days, a heritage day with a variety of hands-on activities the last weekend in April each year.
The museum’s Facebook page also includes a weekly educational post, Museum Monday, in which information is shared on museum exhibits and activities.