Hatteras, North Carolina: Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Fittingly built in a spot where a large quantity of ships have sunk.

Hatteras Village

59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras, NC
In Hatteras Village, the southernmost community on Hatteras Island. Just south of the ferry terminal on Hwy 12.
Apr-Oct. M-Sa 10-4; Nov-Mar. M-F 10-4 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donations appreciated.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Titanic telegraph message.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

On the night of April 14, 1912, the Hatteras Weather Bureau Station (Hatteras, Outer Banks, NC) received one of the very first distress signals from the RMS Titanic just moments after it struck the iceberg. Hatteras dismissed it as a hoax. The telegraph log was later rolled up and placed into a weather station wall as insulation. The log was located again in 2005 when the weather station was restored and is now on display at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

[Jody High, 09/24/2020]

Enigma Machine.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

The Enigma machine.

[Jody High, 06/29/2017]

An "Enigma" machine, devised by the Nazis to encrypt and decrypt their coded war messages, was salvaged from a U-boat wreck and is displayed in liquid (to prevent further deterioration?). The U-85, located by intercepted Enigma transmissions, nevertheless managed to sink 19 Allied convoy ships in a single 1941 engagement.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Museum of artifacts from different shipwrecks along the Outer Banks coastline. Also has the original light from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There's a gift shop on site with some very nice items.

[Etta Miller, 05/15/2014]
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum still underwater

A half-finished ship-shaped building in Hatteras Village, NC may never house the complete Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum unless more funds are raised, according to recent news reports. Since 1999, work has progressed to create a unique public home in the Outer Banks on the southern tip of Hatteras Island telling the story of myriad sunken wrecks.... [08/12/2003] Complete News Story

Nearby Offbeat Places

Outer Banks Futuro HouseOuter Banks Futuro House, Frisco, NC - 6 mi.
The Cora Witch TreeThe Cora Witch Tree, Frisco, NC - 7 mi.
British Cemetery on U.S. SoilBritish Cemetery on U.S. Soil, Buxton, NC - 10 mi.
In the region:
Jurassic Putt - Dinosaur, Nags Head, NC - 49 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

October 29, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

North Carolina Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Martian Landing Site Monument, Grovers Mill, New Jersey (Oct 26-Nov 1, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Hatteras, North Carolina

Nightly rates found:

Hotels Near...

Book Now