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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.” This exhibit closes on December 31, 2018


Toys from the Past

Toys from the Past displays a variety of toys and games once owned by busy, active children. The toys range from board games, a sewing machine, windup toys, and a horse-drawn wagon to a metal stove, all from the museum’s collection. Each item was a cherished part of a child’s toy box. This exhibit closes on May 8, 2017



Distant Echoes:  Black Farmers in America

Distant Echoes:  Black Farmers in America chronicles the lives and working conditions of Black farmers in the United States, including the State of Maryland, through the images of award-winning photographer, John Francis Ficara. Sixty black-and-white photographs masterfully depict what Ficara considers "the last decade of black agriculture" in the United States. Ficara has spent several years documenting the experience of Black farmers, whose entire way of life may someday be nothing more than a distant echo. This exhibit closes on June 17, 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.


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