The North Carolina Maritime Museum houses a variety of maritime artifacts and fascinating educational exhibits in three locations in Beaufort, Hatteras, and Southport. The North Carolina Maritime Museum Summer Science School (offered at the Beaufort museum) is a program offered to pre-K through tenth grade students. Participants are introduced to the natural environments and the maritime history of coastal North Carolina. Topics include Coastal Adventures and Searching for Blackbeard. For more information about all three museums, visit the website: http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/.
Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site is an archaeological site with reconstructed temples and a mortuary. The visitor center offers several programs, including an audiovisual presentation that introduces the site and adds realism to the 13th-centry ceremonial center. For more information, go to: http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/town/town.htm.
Museum of the Cherokee Indian features artifacts and exhibits that demonstrate how Native Americans lived, hunted, and survived through prehistoric times. Recent high-tech renovations bring history to life for visitors. Visit the website for more information: http://www.cherokeemuseum.org/.
The Mountain Farm Museum is a collection of preserved buildings from different parts of the Smoky Mountains that have been gathered into one location. A working blacksmith shop, farmhouse, barn, and apple house are a few of the structures that offer visitors the chance to see what life was like in the late 19th century. Demonstrations and a visitor's center also provide educational opportunities. For more information, go to: http://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/mfm.htm.
The North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences features permanently displayed dinosaur fossils, including "Willo," the world's first dinosaur with a fossilized heart. The museum also offers many programs and special events, including the Junior Curators program for high school students. For younger children there is a discovery room where they can engage in interactive programs. For more information, call (919) 707-9800, or visit: www.naturalsciences.org.