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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. This is a long-term exhibit with no closing date.



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. This is a long-term exhibit with no closing date.


Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Albemarle and the Great War

The Museum of the Albemarle announces the opening of its newest exhibit, Tar Heels in the Trenches: The Albemarle and the Great War. The First World War encompassed 6 continents and 65 million people. 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.” 

The exhibit will be on display until April 2019.


River Bridge: Sunken Secrets 

This exhibition is based on excavations at a site along the Pasquotank River north of Elizabeth City. The site’s name comes from a bridge built before the Revolutionary War and noted by George Washington when he visited the area. At one time, ships could navigate to a customshouse and a set of warehouses, where workers unloaded and loaded cargo. Today, the only reminders of this once-important center of commerce include a few pilings and several vessels submerged just below the river’s surface, as well as a large collection of artifacts spotlighted in this exhibit.

Excavations at the River Bridge site over the past seven years have yielded over 10,000 artifacts that date from the middle of the 18th century to the early 20th century. The artifacts’ condition, and the fact that many items remain intact, makes the site unique. These objects provide a glimpse into colonial and Federal period trade patterns in eastern North Carolina.

The River Bridge site was first issued a permit number from the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology in 2011 with an objective to “explore a location in the Pasquotank River noted as an early colonial port.” The underwater excavations have yielded artifacts from pearlware, creamware, gray salt-glazed Westerwald stoneware, and earthenware dairy pans to case bottles and flasks, axes, faunal and botanical artifacts, shoes, shingles, and personal effects including chamber pots, scissors, and buttons.

The exhibit will be on display until March 2021.


60 Years of the Albemarle Craftsman's Fair

The Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair, founded in 1959, holds its 60th annual fair this Fall. Craftsmen from regional counties, across the state, and as far as Florida will exhibit, demonstrate, and promote their best of handcrafts over the time span of three days.  First organized by Home Demonstration Agents from Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties and the Elizabeth City Chamber of Commerce, the Fair’s purpose was not only to boost the regional economy by providing artisans with an outlet for selling their crafts, but also to promote and teach traditional crafts. It was first held in the Dr. Pepper plant on Ehringhaus Street, soon moved to the National Guard Armory, and has been located at the Knobbs Creek Recreation Center since 1976.

The exhibit will be on display until March 2019.

Images courtesy of members of the Albemarle Craftsman's Guild.



Artifacts of Outlander Exhibit

The Museum of the Albemarle in conjunction with Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, home to the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, bring to Elizabeth City, a traveling exhibit Artifacts of Outlander. For fans of the novels by Diana Gabaldon and the Outlander television series, this exhibit will showcase a variety of 18th century artifacts including jewelry, horse tack, coins, and weaponry that compare to those of the world featured in books and the television series that airs on the Starz network.

The exhibit, free and open to the general public, will be on display from January 12, 2019 to March 27, 2019. 

Character images courtesy of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum and Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory.



The Boomer List Exhibit

Beginning January 26, 2019 and running to April 5, 2019, the Museum of the Albemarle will be displaying a traveling exhibit from the Newseum titled The Boomer List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. The exhibit features 19 framed photographs, artifacts, informational panels, recorded videos, and a scent station. Athlete Ronnie Lott, journalist Maria Shriver, environmentalist Erin Brockovich, artist David LaChapelle, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, and author Amy Tan are some of the individuals included in the portraits.

Did you know that over 70 million baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) live in the United States? This active group of people are your community volunteers, new local business owners, and school testing proctors. Through portraits and recorded interviews, visitors can learn about the boomer generation. The exhibit shares the achievements and struggles of that generation and a comment station at the end allows visitors to leave their own recollections about Boomers!

The exhibit was developed by the Newseum ( in collaboration with AARP. The Newseum, located in Washington, D.C., serves to increase public understanding of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment. AARP ( is the exclusive sponsor of The Boomer List exhibit.

The exhibit is free and open to the general public, will be on display from January 26, 2019 to April 5, 2019. 

Graphics Courtesy of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Amy Tan, Erin Brockovich, Courtesy of the Newseum