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.
50 Years of Museum History
MOA celebrates its 50th birthday in 2017 with a special exhibit highlighting objects from our collection.
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
Albemarle Tides showcases an intriguing assortment of artifacts, from across the Albemarle region, which illustrate how time is both purposed and regarded throughout northeast North Carolina. From a Gothic Revival styled clock to a World War Two era bank calendar, these objects reveal both the diversity and utility of time in the Albemarle.
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.