Finding your way to “the end of the road” is part of the experience. Enjoy the drive along marshes and creeks, across bridges and through communities as you slow down and feel the community pride that is Down East. 


Core Sound events, programs, daily visits, field trips, reunions — all led by community volunteers — are the “people-experiences” that cause folks to return over and over. Core Sound’s welcoming atmosphere is worth the journey!


We offer hands-on demonstrations of decoy carving and quilting, touchable community exhibits, relaxing outdoor experiences and meaningful field trips. Our commitment to education is in everything we do. Come learn!



A family-friendly 10K, 5K and Fun Run on one of North Carolina's most beautiful islands — Harkers Island. The Core Sound Run begins and ends "at the end of the road" — at the edge of Core Sound.

Joining Here

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Join the family and support programming, education, and more. Your membership makes the work of the museum possible! Thank you for helping to preserve the living heritage and traditions of Core Sound.

Shopping here

Shop a specially curated batch of unique and distinctly North Carolina apparel, gifts, home goods, foods, and more. Also, don't miss the Morehead City Holiday Pop Up Shop every Fri and Saturday, Nov 3 - Dec 9th. 


“Best in Class! 

The Core Sound Waterfowl Museum is outstanding! Well done, and well worth the trip. The location is quite, serene, and offers hours of inspiration."