Plan Your Visit

General Information

Since its founding in 1967, the Museum of the Albemarle has been an exciting place to explore 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.


Monday — Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Museum Gift Shop: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Closed Sundays 

Closed All State Holidays


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.

   Wheelchairs for interior use are available free of charge at the museum reception desk.



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.

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: Use the OnCell app as a guide to advance through the feature exhibit "Our Story". Using the Museum wifi, you can scan the QR code shown on the first panel in the exhibit to download the audio tour. You can also dial (252) 548-6213 to access the audio tour. We ask that you please use headphones if you are able. 

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 are available at specified times may be of interest to you.

CARTifacts Gallery Carts are presented periodically in our galleries. Ask the receptionist if one is available during your visit. 

Gallery Backpacks: Children can check out backpacks filled with extra enhancing activities to subjects presented within Our Story.

Drop-in-Friday: Drop in the museum to enjoy the 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.