Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum


The quest for a world-class shipwreck museum started in 1985, when audacious Hatteras villagers decided to compete for U.S.S. Monitor artifacts. While those artifacts went to Virginia, the idea for a museum stayed in Hatteras village. With support from villagers, Dare County’s board of commissioners and tourism board, the state of North Carolina, the U.S. Congress and generous donors, the museum’s building was partially completed without debt and opened in November 2002. Five years later, legislation allowed the state’s Department of Cultural Resources to assume administration of the museum. Today, the museum’s main gallery is filled with exhibits about pirates, the U.S.S. Monitor, Ships Ashore prepared by the Outer Banks Scenic Byway and the Civil War on Hatteras Island.


59200 Museum Drive
Hatteras, NC 27943


35.20630000, -75.70410000
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(252) 986-2995

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