The Museum of the Albemarle offers a variety of programs which can be utilized at the museum or are available to be taken into the classroom and other venues.


In addition, the museum holds special events periodically throughout the year that can supplement the classroom studies. As a special service to teachers, we have included which of the goals and objectives of the Social Studies Standard Course of Study can be met with each program. Should you desire more information or wish to schedule a tour or program, please contact our education coordinator. Programs available include:

Hands-on History

The museum's hands-on history program can be utilized at the museum or in the classroom or other venues. Through the museum's hands-on history program, participants get a closer look at history through hands-on activities with historic objects and reproductions. Designed primarily for younger audiences, the dialogue with museum staff and inspection of the objects themselves motivate young people to learn not only about the culture that produced the artifacts, but also about themselves. While these kits are primarily designed to be taken into settings outside, they can also be used as presentations for small groups at the museum to complement aspects of the tour.

Traveling Trunks

Bring the resources of the North Carolina Museum of History and Museum of the Albemarle into your classroom through History-in-a-Box Educator Kits. These multi-disciplinary teaching tools provide classes with background materials, reproduction artifacts, lessons, and activities that tie North Carolina history with language arts, science, math, and visual art. Kits are available for loan up to three weeks at no charge. (Schools may pick up at the museum. Available to the Albemarle Region only.)

Audio-Visual Presentations

Audio-visual materials are available for loan from the museum for a period of up to three weeks at no charge. (Teachers pay return shipping if necessary.)



Exhibit Opening: Artifacts of Outlander, Saturday, January 12th

Paint and Sip: A Contemporary Response to the Harlem Renaissance, Friday, January 18th

Exhibit Opening: The Boomer List, Saturday, January 26th

Exhibit Opening: A Contemporary Response to the Harlem Renaissance



CARTifacts Gallery Carts are presented periodically in our galleries. Ask the receptionist if one is available during your visit. A Drop-in Friday demonstration might be available, as well!

Discover: Sailing the High Seas: Adventure awaits! Immerse yourself in our Discovery Room's new maritime-themed activities–with ideas from NEAAAT incorporated into the design! Sail a pirate ship, experience ocean life, learn about pirates of the Carolina Coast, and maritime activities.

Group tours (10 people or more) can be scheduled in advance. Contact the museum at 252-335-1453. 


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Free Admission

Museum Information

Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed except during programs.


Museum Gift Shop

Monday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.



Find the museum in downtown Elizabeth City across from Waterfront Park on the Pasquotank River. Street address: 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Accessible Entrance in front of the museum.

Program Calendar is published periodically by the Museum of the Albemarle, a part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources,

Photo Credits: Photos courtesy of the Museum of the Albemarle.

Special thanks to the following for their program assistance:  Larry Saint, Karla Smith, Food Bank of the Albemarle, Robert W. Smith, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Bible and History, Mid-Atlantic Christian University; Elizabeth City Police Department, Mid-Atlantic Christian University; Sandra Kreuter, Kelly Balmaceda, Music off Main; Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies; and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle.



Albemarle Express (November 26—December 22)

Memorable Sands: Beaches of Northeast North Carolina and Southeast Virginia (Closes Nov. 17)

Stop and Smell the Roses (Closes Nov. 17)

Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Great War and the Albemarle (Closes Dec. 31)

Celebrating 60 Years of the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair (Closes Dec. 31)

Discovery Room: Sailing the High Seas

50 Years of Museum History

River Bridge: Sunken Secrets 

North Carolina Shad Boat

Our Story Audio Tour

Our Story: Life in the Albemarle