Plan Your Visit

Welcome to the Museum of the Albemarle! 

Since its founding in 1967, the Museum of the Albemarle has been an exciting place to explore local North Carolina history and history of the Albemarle region. The opening of the new facility in 2005 opened the door for exciting exhibits, programs, and events. The museum encourages visitors to discover the past; to reflect on their own lives and their place in history; and to preserve state, regional, and local history for future generations.

Museum of the Albemarle will be opening to the public Thursday, September 10, 2020, with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors.

  • Limiting visitation at 50% capacity.
  • Requiring cloth face masks as outlined in Executive Order 163.
  • Closing some areas and programs, such as interactive exhibits and our Children’s Discovery Room.
  • Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.
  • Installing protective barriers at information desks.
  • Our gift shop will be open with limited capacity.

Our hours will be as follows:

Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Museum Gift Shop: Monday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed Saturday, Sunday, and all state holidays

Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services – WEAR a cloth face mask; WAIT in line at least six feet away from others; WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.


Admission to the museum's exhibits and programs are free, however, donations are appreciated.

Some special exhibits and programs do have charges. For more information call (252) 335-1453.


The museum is in downtown Elizabeth City across from Waterfront Park on the Pasquotank River.

Street address: 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.


   Handicap Accessible Entrance in front of the museum. Click here for more on accessibility.

   Wheelchairs for interior use are available free of charge. Please speak with our reception staff to use a wheelchair.



All exhibits are designed to be self-guided to be enjoyed at your own pace. Groups may register for specialized tours and programming upon availability with two weeks advance reservation. Call (252) 335-1453 to register a specialized tour.

Self-Guided Tours: Discover the exhibits at your own pace. Tour the feature exhibit “Our Story” that offers visitors the opportunity to view the unique history of the people and the land of the Albemarle Region.

Audio Tours make it easy to navigate the museum and ensure that you can see the best we have to offer. Access our audio tour directly on your cell phone and web-enabled devices via or by calling the OnCell Narrator at (252) 548-6213. We encourage visitors to utilize headphones or earbuds when listening to the audio tour. If you have neither, please speak with someone at the second floor reception desk. 

Guided Tours: Want to visit the museum at your own pace, but are afraid you’ll miss something? One of the following walk-in tours offered by the Education Department, available at specified times, may be of interest to you!

  1. CARTifacts Gallery Carts are presented periodically in our galleries. See the second floor reception desk if one is available during your visit. 
  2. Gallery Backpacks: Children can check out backpacks filled with extra enhancing activities to subjects presented within Our Story. Check out a backpack at the second floor reception desk.
  3. Drop-in-Friday: Drop in the museum to enjoy a featured program or activity. This program utilizes storytelling, activities, costumed interpretation or demonstrations. Program will vary from week to week. Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

What to See and Do



The Jackson House

We change out our exhibits regularly.

A Blue Star Museum

The Museum of the Albemarle is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. This program offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families.