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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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Amazing Museum & Beautiful Location

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum is a must stop for anyone wanting to learn or reminisce about the... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2017
Travis C
Franklinville, North Carolina
Wonderful Free Museum !!!

We visited this museum with our Road Scholar group and found it to be wonderful. Dozens of... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2017
Hooksett NH
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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.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“local history” (15 reviews)
“duck” (9 reviews)
“boat building” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1785 Island Rd, Harkers Island, NC 28531-9670
+1 252-728-1500
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum is a must stop for anyone wanting to learn or reminisce about the real Down East in North Carolina. They have an extensive research library along with artifacts and history of each of the Down East communities. Don't miss walking...More

Thank Travis C
Reviewed 26 October 2017

We visited this museum with our Road Scholar group and found it to be wonderful. Dozens of excellent wood decoy carvings and art work. No admission-just donations. On certain days carvers are here so you can see their wonderful work. Plan on at least an...More

Thank Wildycat
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We visit the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center every time we are in the area. We have a friend who grew up on Harkers Island and still lives there. It is a treat to have him take us thru the museum with his...More

Thank tom4cats
Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This museum and community center celebrates Core Sound Decoy Carvers' works of art, boat-building and commercial fishing. Upstairs one will find documentation and a cultural history area to represent each of the Down East communities. The third floor boasts an observation deck. There's also a...More

Thank MSME22
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is a relative new museum. It has a lot of info about the Down East community and boat building. It is a very nice facility. I always take friends and family here while they are visiting.

Thank dheflin57
Reviewed 23 July 2017

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 21 July 2017 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 13 July 2017

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 14 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
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