Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC
Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle provides a glimpse into not only northeast North Carolina's local history and culture but also that of America. Located on the city's waterfront, this regional museum traces the history of Native Americans, English colonists and the farmers and fishermen through the mid-20th century who made the Albemarle Region what it is today. The Museum of the Albemarle focuses on the history and ecology of the 13-county Albemarle Region but has implications for American history, from the first English settlement to significant battles in the Civil War. With both guided and self-guided tours available, MOA invites visitors to use its exhibits and artifacts to discover and understand the past as well as every person's place in history. The museum features activities, demonstrations, costume interpretations and educational programs that may be run on site or in schools. The MOA also shows its commitment to local education with its “History-in-a-Box Educator Kits,” which are loaned to regional schools and provide effective teaching tools. Founded in 1967, the Museum of the Albemarle is a division of the North Carolina Museum of History. The 54,000-square-foot facility opened in 2005 and is free and open to the public. Read more on Elizabeth City, NC's culture.