Maritime museum suggestions detailed

By Jannette Pippin

A new museum building, a full-scale sailing replica of the Queen Anne's Revenge, and an exposition center to serve the community are among the recommendations of a statewide committee that studied future plans for the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources announced the completion of the study Friday and posted the full report on its Web site.

The report makes recommendations regarding the development of the museum's expansion site at Gallants Channel, including the construction of three main buildings: a new museum, an exposition center and an education center.

The vision for the new museum is for a 50,000-square-foot facility of a scale similar to that of the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

It would have three principal galleries, with permanent space dedicated to the Queen Anne's Revenge and the "Golden Age of Piracy;" permanent space dedicated to fishing, boating and maritime and natural history; and space for temporary exhibits.

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