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.
The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum is a public, non-profit, educational
institution. 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 in the periods
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 and an active, responsible understanding
of the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks itself and in relation to that
of the United States and the broader history of seafaring.