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.

1854 Lighthouse Fresnel Lens.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum has a great lighthouse exhibit.

[R Mogel, 08/29/2021]

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:
Castle Buried in "East Coast's Tallest Sand Dune", Nags Head, NC - 52 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.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

North Carolina Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Nessie: the Yaquina Bay Monster, Newport, Oregon (Jan 17-23, 2022)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Favorite Quirky City Sights