The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is one of the three maritime museums in the state. The other two is in Southport and Hatteras. The museum holds interesting documents, artifacts and researches of the maritime history in North Carolina coast with displays of dugout canoes to motorboat and different marine science. It also exhibits North Carolina’s commercial fishing and whaling industry highlighting a display of a 33.5-foot sperm whale skeleton. The most popular exhibit however are the artifacts that are claimed to be from the shipwreck of the famous Blackbeard the pirate’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.
Just across the street from the Museum is the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center which is a boatbuilding and restoration facility. It practices the traditional boatbuilding where visitors and tourists can watch the process and learn. The facility also offers weekly and daily class of boatbuilding to those who are interested.