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 department:


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.)



History for Lunch (Wednesdays): Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6

Tot Time (Thursdays): Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov 14.

Fall Volunteer Round-up: Saturday, Sept. 7, 10 am - 1 pm

Annual Meeting of Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle: High on the Hog Exhibit Opening (Members Only): Saturday, Sept. 28, 4 - 7 pm

Food Bank of the Albemarle's Annual Walk for Hunger: Sunday, Oct. 13, 12 - 5 pm

Day at the BOO-seum! Thursday, Oct. 31, 2 - 5 pm

Trunk or Treat Downtown with the ECPD: Thursday, Oct. 31, 6 - 9 pm

Designer's Workshop: Deck Those Halls: Saturday, Nov. 16, 10 am - 1 pm

School Days: How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Tuesday, Nov. 26 - Thursday, Dec. 19, 9 am - 1 pm

Gingerbread Workshop: Friday, Dec. 6, 10 am - 4 pm

Holiday Open House: How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 am - 4 pm



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!

Discovery Room: Sailing the High Seas: The Albemarle Region is unique because it is half land and half water. The region offered both prey and refuge to pirates. Immerse yourself in maritime-themed activities - with ideas from NEAAAT incorporated into the design! Jump aboard the Queen Albemarle, read books in an underwater cave, learn about the food chain, and play pirate games.

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, and Parks, an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources,

Photo Credits: Photos courtesy of the Museum of the Albemarle. Outlander courtesy of The Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab). Elizabeth City State University.

Special thanks to the following for their program assistance:  Dr. Glen Bowman, ECSU; Newseum; Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum; Tim MacLeod, Benedictine College Preparatory; Randy Phillips, Albemarle Craftsman's Guild; Autumpan - The Talking Drums; Albemarle Voices for Diverse Culture: Dr. Leon Pringle, Joyce Long, Elouise White, Pernell Swindell, Andrea Combs, and Rwanda Farrer; Mara Swindell, Create and Celebrate; Jasmine "Skie" Harris; Tane Casserley, Monitor National Marine Sanctuary; Teeny Tiny Farm, and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle



The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Opening Jan. 26)

Harlem Renaissance: A Forward Movement (Opening February 2)

Blue Lodges of the Albemarle (Opening March 16)

Clucker Plucker (Opening April 5)

First Gulf War: The War to Free Kuwait (Opening April 5)

Treasures from the Archives (Opening May 3)

Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Great War and the Albemarle (Closing August 31)

Celebrating 60 Years of the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair (Closing March 2)

Artifacts of Outlander (Closing March 27)

Discovery Room: Sailing the High Seas

River Bridge: Sunken Secrets 

North Carolina Shad Boat

Our Story Audio Tour

Our Story: Life in the Albemarle