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Core Sound Museum

1785 Island Road
Harker's Island, NC 28531

Business Description

Decoy Displays at Core Sound Museum in Harkers Island

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.

Lookout Tower at Core Sound Museum

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Core Sound Museum open?

Monday – Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm-5:00pm
Willow Pond Loop Trail Hours: Dawn-Dusk

How much is admission to the Core Sound Museum?

Suggested Donation: $5
Museum Members, Students and Children: Free

Where is the Core Sound Museum located?

Our beautiful and welcoming facility is located adjacent to the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor Center with convenient access via the passenger ferry to Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks.

1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 556
Harkers Island, NC 28531

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