Museum reopens to the public Sept. 10

BEAUFORT, N.C. — Two sites in the North Carolina Maritime Museum System will open to the public next week.

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, along with its Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will open Thursday, Sept. 10, with some new procedures in place to help ensure the safety of staff and visitors, including:

  • Limiting visitation at each site.
  • Closing some areas and programs, such as interactive exhibits, group tours and in-person educational programming.
  • Installing hand sanitizer stations and increasing the frequency of cleaning high touch public areas and restrooms.
  • Installing protective barriers at the information desk.
  • Requiring staff and visitors to wear cloth face masks as outlined in Executive Order 163.

“We look forward to welcoming the public back,” Joseph Schwarzer, the director of the N.C. Maritime Museum System, said. “Things may be a little different than in the past, but the changes we’ve put in place are to prioritize the health and safety of our staff and visitors.”

Operating hours will be Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Beaufort and Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Southport. The Museum Store at the Beaufort site is currently open to the public Tuesdays through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras remains closed due to construction at the site. It is expected to open to the public Sept. 14.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the “Three Ws” as outlined by the N.C. Dept. of Health and Human Services: WEAR a cloth face mask; WAIT in line at least six feet away from others; and WASH hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness, we ask that you postpone your visit.

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