In light of Gov. Roy Cooper’s state of emergency declaration and guidance regarding canceling or postponing large gatherings in an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, some upcoming special events and programs scheduled for March and April at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras have been canceled. These events include:

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort

March

19           Beaufort’s Dolphins, Getting to Know Them (lecture)

              25           By Hook or By Crook (lecture)

              26           Vanishing Sail: The Story of a Caribbean Tradition (film screening)

              28           Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting

April

              3            5th annual North Carolina Whales and Whaling Symposium

              8             Merry-time for Tots: Whale of a Time (preschool program)

              16           Exploring Tidal Flats (field program)

              17          Naval Support during the Battle of Plymouth (lecture)

              18–19    Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Class

              23           Sea Turtles, A Feast Fit for a Pirate (lecture)

              28           Kayak the Salt Marsh (field program)

             25           Carolina Maritime Model Society Meeting

Demonstrations in the on-site conservation lab will not be offered through the rest of March and into April.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras

April

              4             Underwater Heritage Symposium 

              *A decision about the other programs scheduled in April will be made early next week.

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

March

              17           Alcohol and the Irish (lecture)

              21           Seaside Scenery (members-only painting party)

              27          Homeschool Friday: Menhaden Fishermen

April

              4             Sensory Saturday: Underwater Egg Hunt

              4             Spring into History: Remembering Reconstruction Symposium

              4             Santa Fe Clam Chowder (history/cooking program)

11 Springtime Sloop

“While we are disappointed not to be able to offer these experiences, the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is always our priority. If these events can be rescheduled, we will announce new dates in the future,” they said.

Currently, the museums and associated sites remain open for individual visits. However, if visitors are currently sick or belong to a group at high risk per the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, they are encouraged to postpone their visit.

During this time, the sites are taking extra precautionary measures, including:

•​More frequent cleaning of high-traffic areas.

•​Hand sanitizer provided for visitor use.

•​Frequent handwashing by staff.

•Encouraging staff to telework to the greatest extent possible.

For up to date information on other upcoming events, visit the website, ncmaritimemuseums.com, and social media channels. More information on health precautions can be found at the NCDHHS website at ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus.

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