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Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center

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Address: 1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
Phone Number:
+1 252-728-1500
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02:00 - 05:00
10:00 - 05:00
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Hours:
Sun 02:00 - 05:00
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The museum houses the region’s largest collection of decoys (old and new)...

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.

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Worth the out of the way trip

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 October 2016
ljtheodore1122
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Aurora, Illinois
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Aurora, Illinois
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175 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 will put to good use.

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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14 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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. While there is no entrance fee a donation is appreciated. The island is beautiful with... More 

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Thank MaryJZL
Cape Carteret, North Carolina
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59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 documented with many model crafts on display. Photographs add a personal touch. The view from... More 

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Thank gojusensei
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles 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 to learn about the waterfowl and view all the decoys. There are also many displays... More 

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Thank Catcj2
Beaufort, North Carolina
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22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

lots of displays from each downeast commmunity. hundreds of antigue decoys on display.just take your time and browse,you'll be surprised at all the history you will learn

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Thank yogibear07
Harkers Island, North Carolina
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

I enjoy visiting this museum as much as possible because of all the interesting stories and also, the communities have all donated items that relate to their individual community. I have seen things that my grandmother used as well as my mama. The gift shop is great. They always feature hand made items.

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Thank Bluzbiker1959
Harkers Island, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

One time visit is more than sufficient. Unfriendly woman greeter. Demanded outragious entrance fee supposedly a volunteery contribution. Terribly rude woman.

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Thank Keepergoin
Brooklyn, New York
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107 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

We were looking for something to do and see that was different. My mom and I love learning about local history and crafts, and she had been to visit this center several times. It is FULL of carved ducks, some of which are absolutely remarkable works of art. Other of the decoys are "working" decoys, made of canvas or wood,... More 

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Thank Katherine C
Tampa, Florida
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66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Near the ferry terminal on Harker's Island. The pride of the community and culture were in full display, including interviews with fishermen and their families giving an oral history of their way of life.

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Stopped in for a very quick visit to the museum before the closing time of 5:00. Was impressed with the history documented here of "downeast. Intend to go bsvk when I have more time.

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