The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational institution. It is part of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System within the State History Museums, Division of Archives and History, Department of Cultural Resources. The Museum is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and presentation of the maritime history and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks from the earliest periods of exploration and/or colonization to the present day, with particular emphasis on the period from 1524 to 1945. The Museum preserves, researches, exhibits and interprets its collections for the benefit of the general public and specialized audiences. The Museum serves its diverse audiences in order to inspire appreciation, encourage discovery, and promote an active, responsible understanding of the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks in itself and in relation to that of the United States and the broader history of seafaring.
The Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
The Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum develop, encourage and promote public awareness of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and serves as a philanthropic organization for the support of the resources, programs and facilities of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.
The Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is overseen by a Board of Directors who have oversight, set general policy, and conduct the business of the Corporation.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum draws visitors from around the world. Over three million people visit the Hatteras seashore each year and more than one million pass by the Museum site.
Heritage tourism is a growing industry and this region has played an important role in the history of the nation. It is imperative to preserve this history and share it with present and future generations. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is rapidly becoming an integral teaching resource for North Carolina schools and offers a wealth of educational opportunities.
The maritime heritage and shipwrecks of the North Carolina Outer Banks are vital resources for understanding local, regional, and national history. Long ignored, this legacy is in danger of being lost
forever. It is imperative that this rich past be preserved and interpreted for present and future generations.
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