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)





Ongoing Activities

  • 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 the Albemarle: Ride the Time Train. The year is 1881, and the railroad is coming! Our interactive exhibit will take you on an adventure down a city street of the time, complete with storefronts, places to visit, and things to do.
  • “Wedding Experience” interactive space, within the I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831–2015 exhibit, provides teens and adults the chance to plan a dream wedding and allows married adults to relive memories.


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Free Admission

Museum Information

Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sunday: Closed except during programs.


Museum Gift Shop

Open during museum hours.



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: Doris and Oliver Cartwright Estate, Food Bank of the Albemarle, North Carolina Museum of History, Amanda Patterson, and Lisa Winslow.

Special thanks to the following for their program assistance:  Charles Reed, Douglas Jackson, Elizabeth City State University, Sandra Sutton Bridal Lounge, North Carolina State Archives, Lisa Winslow, Albemarle Railroad Club, and Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, Inc.



Albemarle Express (November 28—December 31)

Albemarle Profile: Major General Hawthorne L. Proctor Jr. (through September 17)

Elizabeth City State University: A Legacy of Excellence and Resilience

I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831–2015

Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation (through October 29)

North Carolina Shad Boat

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, Local Inductees

Our Story: Life in the Albemarle

To Preserve the Blessings of Liberty: State Constitution of North Carolina (September 27—October 15)

Yard of the Month (through December 31)


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