ELIZABETH CITY — The fun for families and visitation to the Museum of the Albemarle has been huge in December, and continues a trend. The phenomenally successful Dec. 1 Open House and Downtown Market, in conjunction with the city’s Christmas parade, brought more than 6,700 visitors to the venue. More people are finding that the museum is a great destination, and the current Polar Express exhibit and movie pairing are also drawing in families.
December is on track to be another exceptional month, seeing more than 9,700 visitors in the first 15 days. November’s visitation was up by more than 62 percent compared to last November. In spite of a reduction in staff of 35 percent over two years, the museum has been able to provide great programs and exhibits to the public.
“The Museum of the Albemarle maintains an extensive list of annual programs, ranging from the Civil War program commemorating the Battle of Elizabeth City in February, a soap box derby in March or Pirates Day in April, to Summer Fun Days and 2nd Saturdays June through August, and the holiday programs in December,” explains Education Coordinator Charlotte Patterson.
“We are so pleased that the museum has met the challenge of telling the story of northeastern North Carolina and engaging the public through great programs and community outreach,” adds Director of Regional Museums Bill McCrea, with the Division of State History Museums. “The positive response from the community and tourists shows that the museum is a valued destination for the region.”
The Elizabeth City Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Elizabeth City HAS IT! (History, Arts and Science) also provide promotional assistance to the Museum of the Albemarle in their individual marketing efforts.
The Museum of the Albemarle opened in 1967 and became a state museum in 1979. The museum opened in the current location in 2006. It tells the story of a 13 county area from pre-colonial times to the present, and reflects the diverse ecology, geography, and communities of watermen, craftsmen, farmers, and others in the region.
North Carolina is known far and wide for its authentic cultural experiences, and historic sites and museums are great destinations for those important cultural and heritage travelers, who stay longer and spend more money in local economies.
“Visitors are discovering that our state supported historic sites and museums offer great family fun,” says Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle.
To learn more about special events occurring every day at the Museum of the Albemarle and other cultural and historical attractions, visit www.ncculture.com. The Museum of the Albemarle is within the Division of State History Museums and part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. It is located at 501 South Water Street in Elizabeth City. Enjoy the museum’s virtual exhibit Under Both Flags now online.