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Saturday, July 23, 2016

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. 


Under Both Flags: Civil War in the Albemarle

Take a walk through the stories of people who lived, served, and sacrificed during the Civil War.  Explore how the waterways and lands they fought to defend were woven into their struggles.  See how this turning point in our history brought freedom to slaves, required great sacrifice by all, and left lasting memories.

This exhibit will be on display through February 2016.


After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments, 1865–1965

The exhibition focuses on the monuments across the state that commemorates the Civil War.  In the century following the Confederacy’s demise at Appomattox, North Carolinians memorialized the Union and Confederate dead in cemeteries and courthouse lawns throughout the Old North State.  Some towns, such as Hertford, even had monuments to both sides.  North Carolina photographer and author Douglas Butler spent five years documenting the state’s 109 Civil War monuments. The Museum of the Albemarle’s new exhibit features Butler’s photographs as well as several artifacts from the museum’s Civil War collection.  The display includes a rare photograph of an African-American Grand Army of the Republic reunion in Plymouth. 

This exhibit will be on display through November 28, 2015.




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.

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Tiffany Exhibit 

The exhibit focuses on the influence and works of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The exhibit will display artifacts, educate our audience about the significance of Tiffany and encourage them to appreciate the superior quality of workmanship by closely examining objects.  Equally, the exhibit will explain the Art Nouveau movement and show how widespread and popular that style was in the last part of the 19th century and through more than two decades of the 20th century. 

This exhibit will run for one year, closing in August 2016.




The Museum of the Albemarle interprets the cultural history of 13 northeastern North Carolina counties: Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Tyrrell and Washington. This area, known as the Albemarle Region, surrounds one of the world’s largest freshwater sounds. The Albemarle Sound is named for George Monck, an English general who aided Charles II in reclaiming the British throne. In exchange for this service, King Charles bestowed on Monck the title of “Duke of the Albemarle” and granted him the land of Carolina—North and South Carolina and lower Virginia.

Please use this website to find out more about the Museum and the history of this area that is half-land and half-water. Visit and experience “Our Story,” an exhibit depicting life from 10,000 years ago to the present.

The Museum of the Albemarle is part of the Division of State History Museums, Office of Archives and History, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Susan Kluttz, Secretary.

Things to See and Do

Come and experience the Madrin Gallery as it tells "Our Story," the history of the Albemarle area. The 6,200 square foot exhibit is a showcase of over 700 artifacts that depict the story of the Albemarle region’s watermen, farmers, lifesavers, and soldiers. Other things to see include:

Events and Programs



Tuesday—Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

(includes Museum Gift Shop)

Closed Sundays and Mondays

Closed All State Holidays



Museum of the Albemarle
501 South Water Street
Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909
(252) 335-1453


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