The North Carolina Estuarium celebrates our sounds and coastal rivers with a unique mix of art and science. Exhibits, aquariums, and artworks help you explore the fascinating nature and culture of North Carolina's historic Inner Banks.

Location

Location

223 E. Water St., Washington, NC.
Partnership for the Sounds

Partnership for the Sounds

Formed in 1993, the Partnership for the Sounds is a network of environmental education centers located on North Carolina's ecologically rich Albermarle-Pamlico Peninsula. Each of these centers explores a different aspect of this region's remarkable natural heritage and maritime history.

The Partnership's main office is located in Columbia, NC, and may be reached by calling (252) 796-1000, or by email at pfsounds@embarqmail.com.

And visit us at each of these unique facilities:

 

North Carolina Estuarium, Washington

(252) 948-0000    estuarium@embarqmail.com

 

Roanoke/Cashie River, Windsor

(252) 794-2001    roanoke_cashierc@embarqmail.com

 

Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center, Columbia

(252) 766-0200    ctcrcenter@embarqmail.com

 

Tyrrell County Visitor's Center, Columbia

(252) 796-0723

Events, Programs, and Announcements

Events, Programs, and Announcements

UPCOMING EVENTS AT PFS FACILITIES

March Artist of the Month, Estuarium  -- Paitings by Carol Mann -- Renowned local artist Carol Mann has a selection of stunning wildlife paintings on display at the Estuarium during March. Come visit us to enjoy the work of an amazingly talent painter. 

River Roving -- NC Estuarium -- Starts April 2 -- The Estuarium's popular River Roving tours of the Pamlico-Tar River take place Wednesdays-Saturdays, beginning April 2. Enjoy the natural beauty and waterfront heritage of the Washington area. Trips at 10:30am and 1:30 pm, Wednesdays-Fridays. One trip on Saturdays at 10:30am. Reservations required; seating limited to 10 passengers per trip. Free, but donations of at least $2 per person requested and appreciated. Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Call 252-948-0000 for reservations.

River Rambling -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center -- Starts April 19  -- River Rambling on the Cashie River will begin Saturday, April 19. Melt into the tranquility of the forest-shrouded Cashie. One trip each Saturday at 10:30am. Reservations required; seating limited to 10 passengers per trip. Free, but donations requested and appreciated. Passengers must be at least 6 years old. Call 252-794-2001 for reservation.

Wed., April 23 -- Oyster Tasting -- Roanoke/Cashie River Center -- 6:30pm -- Learn about this remarkable mollusk and its role in NC's rivers and sounds, then slide a few steamed ones down your gullet. $7.50 per person (includes fixings and beverages). LIMITED TO 30 GUESTS.  Pre-registration required -- call 252-794-2001 to register or get more information.

 

North Carolina Estuarium

North Carolina Estuarium

REGULAR HOURS - 10am - 4pm,  Tue-Sat

 Adults - $5.00   Children (5-17) - $2.00

Children under 4 - FREE

(252) 948-0000    estuarium@embarqmail.com

 

What is the Estuarium?

The Estuarium describes North Carolina's estuaries and how they have shaped the history and culture of this region. When we opened in 1998, we were the first "Estuarium" in the world.

Estuaries form where rivers meet the sea, blending fresh and salt waters into thriving ecosystems that are essential nurseries for thousands of species of fish and shellfish -- including over 90% of those we eat as seafood. North Carolina has more estuarine waters than any other state except Louisiana, and the Albermarle-Pamlico Sounds of northeastern NC form the second largest individual estuary in the US.

 

Schools and Groups

The Estuarium welcomes visits from schools and other groups. We can tailor our programs to meet your curriculum goals. To schedule a visit or get more information, call 252-948-0000 between 9am and 4pm.

PROGRAMS

Blue Crabs     Reptiles

Hurricanes    Wetlands

Climate Change

Banjo Nature Songs (for PreK-1)

and more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roanoke/Cashie River Center

Roanoke/Cashie River Center

THE RCRC IS CLOSED FROM APRIL 15-17.

WE WILL REOPEN FOR REGULAR HOURS ON APRIL 18.

REGULAR HOURS - Tue-Fri, 10-4

Admission free. Donation of $2 per adult and $1 per child appreciated!

Group programs $2 per student/person

(252) 794-2001    roanoke_cashierc@embarqmail.com

 

What is the RCRC?

The Roanoke/Cashie River Center in Windsor explores the natural history and cultural heritage of the lower Roanoke River region.

The RCRC has exhibits about wildlife, migratory songbirds, and traditional fisheries like river herring and shad. Also explore our display about the Battle of Windsor -- one of few actual clashes between Union and Confederate troops in eastern NC during the latter years of the Civil War.

Call (252) 794-2001, or email roanoke_cashierc@embarqmail.com.

Check out our page on Facebook at Roanoke Cashie River Center.

Columbia Theater

Columbia Theater

THE COLUMBIA THEATER WILL REOPEN MARCH 27!

 

REGULAR HOURS - Thu-Fri, 12-5

(252) 766-0200    ctcrcenter@embarqmail.com

 

What is the Columbia Theater?

The Columbia Theater Cultural Resources Center in Columbia, NC, explores man's close relationship with the natural resources of the southern Albemarle region. Housed in the historic Columbia Theater, this museum takes a special look at how fishing, farming, and forestry have affected the lives of families here for uncounted generations.

The CTCRC also remembers its past as a grand movie palace from the 1930s through the 1960s with regular screenings of old Hollywood classics and many newer films as well. The popcorn is waiting!

Located at 304 Main St. in Columbia.

Call (252) 766-0200 for more information.

 

 

PfS River Boat Tours

PfS River Boat Tours

Each PfS facility offers river boat tours from April through October.

 

 

TAR-PAMLICO RIVER ROVING - ESTUARIUM

Starts Wednesday, April 2!

Wed-Fri: 10:30 and 1:30 ; Sat: 10:30

 Children must be at least 6 to ride. Seating limited, reservations required. No charge, but donations requested!

Call 252-948-0000.

 

CASHIE RIVER RAMBLING - RCRC

Starts Saturday, April 19!

Sat: 10:30

 Children must be at least 6 to ride. Seating limited, reservations required. No charge, but donations requested!

Call 252-794-2001.

 

SCUPPERNONG RIVER ROAMING - COLUMBIA THEATER

Fri: 10:30

 Children must be at least 6 to ride. Seating limited, reservations required. No charge, but donations requested!

Call 252-796-1000.

 

PfS Gift Shops

PfS Gift Shops

Each PfS facility has a gift shop filled with great selections of coastal-themed decor, books on regional wildlife & history, children's books and toys, t-shirts, and more. Plus we carry famous Powell and Stokes Bertie County peanuts and other "Goodness Grows in NC" favorites.

CRAB POT GIFT SHOP - ESTUARIUM (252-948-0000)

FRONT PORCH GIFT SHOP - TYRRELL CO. VISITOR'S CENTER (252-796-0723)

BOX OFFICE GIFT SHOP - COLUMBIA THEATER (252-796-0723)

BEEHIVE GIFT SHOP - RCRC (252-794-2001)

Rent the Estuarium

Rent the Estuarium

The Estuarium can be rented for receptions, parties, and meetings. Enjoy our waterfront location along the beautiful Pamlico River in historic Little Washington.

Call 252-948-0000 for reservations.

Membership

Membership

Memberships support the Partnership and each of our facilities. Enjoy free admission and gift shop discounts at all Partnership facilities for a year.

Call 252-948-0000 or 252-796-1000 for more information.

Or email us at pfsounds@embarqmail.com.

Other Locations

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