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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
+1 252-728-1500
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Fun for the family on a rainy beach day

I have visited this aquarium on several occasions with family, friends, and school field trips... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lori J
Swansboro, North Carolina
Very nice..!

We stopped in and were pleasantly surprised. Very nice experience. Educational and a lot to look... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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The museum houses the region’s largest collection of decoys (old and new) along with changing exhibitions of workboats, community history, commercial fishing, and wildlife photography. It also offers a stunning view of Cape Lookout Lighthouse from the third-story tower. Willow Pond includes an interpretive hiking trail through maritime forest that leads to the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitors Center next door.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good24%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“local history” (14 reviews)
“duck” (9 reviews)
“third floor” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 05:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
+1 252-728-1500
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have visited this aquarium on several occasions with family, friends, and school field trips. Although I have been there many times, I am never bored. I enjoy the shark tank with all of the different types of fish. The presentations in the theater are...More

Thank Lori J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped in and were pleasantly surprised. Very nice experience. Educational and a lot to look at. So glad we decided to go. It was very nice.

Thank gladacya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't expect this place to be that incredible, but it really was! We gladly donated a small fee as it is privately owned & funded and highly urge everyone who visits Harkers Island to put this on their "must see" list! The entire inside...More

1  Thank Linda V
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This place has a lot of local history, but alot of the items can be seen anywhere. However the duck decoys were great art work and the view from the third floor of cape lookout was amazing

Thank 545Ronald
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Great museum telling the stories of the down east North Carolina waterman and waterfowl hunters. Lots of decoys. Self guided. Great view of Cape Lookout from top of the museum.

Thank damondowneastnc
Reviewed 2 March 2017

Interesting museum showcasing the Down East community and how the people made their living on the water fishing and building boats. The duck decoys were amazing. The museum had some very good displays and history about the families that lived on the islands and areas...More

Thank ilove2travel005
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Nestled back from the road, this extraordinary museum is a great visit. This was our second visit, and with the changing exhibits and informative continuous run videos, there was more to learn about the area. Their new addition offers more space which I'm sure they...More

Thank Lauralyn T
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

If you are near Emerald Isle, Beaufort, Morehead City make the drive to Harker's Island to visit this museum. While it isn't a large museum it is full of interesting exhibits which tell the rich history of the area. The staff is friendly and informative....More

Thank MaryJZL
Reviewed 5 October 2016

We have been here before but enjoyed it again. The amazing decoy art is displayed throughout the museum. Many hours have been spent by many people from various local towns and counties arranging displays representing their history. The history of Harkers Island fishing is also...More

Thank gojusensei
Reviewed 19 September 2016

My family and I were vacationing in Emerald Isle NC and decided to take a day trip to Harker's island to visit the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum. I wasn't sure that I would enjoy visiting, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is worth a trip...More

Thank Catcj2
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