Maritime Museum readies for February activities

Preschoolers participate in past Merry Time for Tots.Photo: North Carolina Maritime Museum

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort offers small learner programs, a two-day shipbuilding course, lectures on maritime love triangles, and opportunities for archaeological preservers in February.

Museum Associate Education Curator Christine Brin took over as Program Coordinator when she was promoted in October. In her new role, she oversees her schedule of events for the museum.

“It’s always fun to see how people respond to the different programs we have planned each year,” said Brin. “This year, however, we can take even more meticulous steps forward to ensure that the events we host continue to appeal to locals and visitors alike.”

The Maritime Museum is located at 315 Front Street in downtown Beaufort, and the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center, which houses the shipbuilding program, is across from the museum. Hours of operation are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 PM to 5 PM Sunday. Admission to both sites is free. We look forward to your donation.

For program details and pre-event registration, please call 252-504-7758 or visit

The schedule for February is as follows.

lift half model class February 4-5 9:30am-4:30pm. In this two-day course at the Watercraft Center, he reads through a series of drawings and uses the basic woodworking tools most commonly found in a boatbuilder’s toolkit to build his North Carolina shad boat. Learn how to mold the lift half model of. Models are created following a step-by-step procedure and taken home for finishing. The course fee is $120, and $108 for Friends of the Museum members. Course size is limited and pre-registration is required.

merry time for tots February 8th at 10am. Children ages 2 to her 5 and their parents can participate in hands-on, ocean-themed experiences, crafts, and activities with programs offered every Wednesday. Topics rotate between pirates, sharks, whales and fish, focusing on both experience and exposure. Each program is 45-60 minutes long. Caregivers are asked to stay throughout the program. Advance registration is required. $10 per child participating (Friends of the Museum members $5 for her). Or she gets 20% off when you buy a 3-month package.

ocean infants February 9 at 9:00 am. Programs for ages 0-2 and their parents include marine items such as whale bones, shark teeth and pirate hats. Offered every other Thursday, the program aims to provide opportunities for caregivers and infants to bond, learn and socialize. Registration is required before the event. The cost is $5 per child participating, Friends of the Museum members get him $2, or a 20% discount if you buy the 3-month package.

Love at Sea Program February 9th at 11am. Duels, deathbed confessions, and love triangles help create a love story on the Crystal Coast. Associate Her Education With her curator Kristin Her Bryn, in the museum’s auditorium, share eight of her favorite love stories at sea in this unique approach to Valentine’s Day. Free, no registration required.

Heart of the Sea Program February 14, 7:00 p.m. Join the museum for her Valentine’s Day presentation on the beloved whale Echo. Learn how to assemble his skeleton and save his heart. The presentation will also feature the story of Bonehenge His Whale His Center, a large-scale volunteer effort inspired by the Sperm Whale and its heart skeleton exhibit. Free, no registration required.

Don’t Get Salty: Diffusion and Desalination in Archaeological Preservation February 16th at 11am. Ever wondered why archaeological conservators store things in tanks, or those crusty cannons that take over a decade to move from the ocean floor to museum showcases? ‘s Michel Crepeaux analyzes the basics of desalination and the underlying science that makes it work. Free, no registration required.

Pre-Civil War Shad and Herring Fisheries in North Carolina February 23rd at 11am. For generations, herring and shad have been the most important fisheries in eastern North Carolina. Join maritime history curator David Bennett in the museum’s auditorium to explore the management of these fisheries and the role of black workers in the decades before the Civil War. Free, no registration required.

Introduction to wooden ships February 25-26, 9am-4:30pm. Explore the art of shipbuilding from start to finish with his 2-day hands-on course at the Watercraft Center. This course begins with boat design and lofts and progresses through set-up, steam bending, and various methods of creating the backbone of a small boat. Additional topics include how to make planking systems, both carvels and lap strakes, and all suitable fastening systems. By the end of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills to choose their own boat design and style, and be confident in their work. Course fees are $180 or $162 for Friends of the Museum members. Course size is limited and pre-registration is required.

Carolina Maritime Model Association Conference February 25, 2:00 p.m. The Model Society exists to promote the production of high-quality ship models and to encourage members and the public to participate in a craft as old as shipbuilding itself. The conference is open to the public and takes place in the museum’s auditorium.

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