The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is located on Harkers Island, about an hour from Emerald Isle. The museum anchors the southern route of the nationally recognized Outer Banks National Scenic Byway.
Explore an array of exhibits on the communities of what the museum calls “Down East” that feature duck decoys, publications, photographs, heirlooms and other community artifacts that tell the story of this unique area.
Experience Cape Lookout’s beauty and history from the Lookout Tower, which offers magnificent views of Core Sound, Back Sound, Barden’s Inlet and the Cape Lookout Lighthouse.
From decoy carving and quilting demonstrations to hiking and experiencing the beauty of the maritime forest on the Willow Pond Trail, you’ll find something for everyone at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum.
Visit the Core Sound Museum in December and participate in the annual Core Sound Waterfowl Weekend & Decoy Festival which features decoy carving, local delicacies, art and ambiance.
This museum is a welcome center to visitors, students, writers and artists from near and far who desire to learn more about the area. Come enjoy the traditions of the past and how they are honored.