Current Exhibits

Current Exhibits

Our Story: Life in the Albemarle

The Albemarle is a unique place—half land, half water. Our ever changing relationship with the water has defined our way of life. Water is both a highway and a barrier, a source of livelihood and inspiration. The story of this place is Our Story, a tale of how our communities have adapted to challenges and opportunities of our unusual home.

North Carolina Shad Boat

The Official State Historic Boat of North Carolina was first built in the early 1880s by George Washington Creef of Roanoke Island. The shad boat on display here at MOA was built in 1904 by renowned boat builder and decoy carver, Alvirah Wright.


Albemarle Tides

Albemarle Tides showcases an intriguing assortment of artifacts, from across the Albemarle region, which illustrate how time is both purposed and regarded throughout northeast North Carolina.  From a Gothic Revival styled clock to a World War Two era bank calendar, these objects reveal both the diversity and utility of time in the Albemarle.


Tarheels in the Trenches

This exhibit examines the role that North Carolina’s Albemarle Region played in that great war. Time and space prevent the telling of every story, but the experiences and items of the people represented in this exhibit typify those of the thousands of North Carolinians in the “war to end all wars.”

This exhibit closes on December 31, 2018.


I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015

The exhibit focuses on the bride and her dress, but includes tailcoats, top hats, trousseaus, shoes, purses, photographs and other wedding related items. Brides and grooms of yesterday and today continue to hold to traditions and symbolism, yet always bring in their own style. The exhibit will explore traditions from bouquets, to the exchanging of wedding rings and to the honeymoon location. Visit the museum and stroll through the exhibit, recapture memories of your special day, and learn how wedding traditions began. The pieces on display are from the Museum’s collection and lenders from the Albemarle region. This exhibit will be on display through December 2017.


MOA's 50th Anniversary 

From its inauspicious beginnings in an old highway patrol building in 1967 to its 50,000 square foot facility on the Elizabeth City waterfront today, the Museum of the Albemarle for 50 years has told an expansive story of the people and culture of northeastern North Carolina. Programming in its 50th anniversary year of service holds true to its mission offering education and interpretation on the region and beyond.


Flying Kites with Delia

The exhibit tells the history of kites and their usage in northeastern North Carolina as told by the narrator, Delia, a delta kite. The eleven-paneled exhibit is written for elementary ages children with historical images and colorful sketches. Did you know that kites have been around for thousands of years? No one knows when or how or why the world’s first kite was flown, but one legend suggests that a farmer from China was the first person to fly a kite. Visitors will also learn that Orville and Wilbur Wright experimented with kites to help them perfect the airplane and that kiting competitions are held around the world in locations such as Egypt, France, and Australia.


Athletic Trainers

Athletic Trainers…who are they? What do they do? How do athletic trainers impact the healthcare profession and community as a whole?  All of these questions and more will be answered in an exciting display of knowledge and history of athletic training in North Carolina. The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, in partnership with the North Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association and Sentara Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists will open a display in recognition of the athletic trainers who have been providing health care and safety for athletes since 1950.