Things to Do in Hatteras: Museums

Hatteras Island museums will introduce you to a world of history and maritime culture. Hatteras Island museums are small and simple, but they share a wealth of information about life-saving, lighthouses, shipwrecks and Native American culture. Much of the Hatteras Island history ties into bigger stories of United States history, such as colonialism, the Civil War, World War II and more. These museums are some of the most popular things to do in Hatteras.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Museums in Hatteras
23645 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
(252) 987-1552

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the life-saving stations that were built along the Atlantic coast in the late 19th century to attend to shipwrecks and to rescue survivors. The 1874 Station was the first operational U.S. Life-Saving Service station built in North Carolina, serving until 1954. Chicamacomico has been partially restored, thanks to numerous volunteers who... read more

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the... read more

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Museums in Hatteras
59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras village
(252) 986-0720

At the end of N.C. Highway 12 just past the ferry docks, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum attracts a lot of attention with its ship-like building, porthole windows and curved timbers. One of three North Carolina Maritime Museums operated by the North Carolina Division of Cultural Resources, the museum focuses on the maritime history and culture of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, often called the Graveyard... read more

At the end of N.C. Highway 12 just past the ferry docks, Graveyard of the... read more