Visit the Conservation Lab

Visit the QAR Lab on a Free Tour

The QAR Conservation Lab in Greenville, N.C. has opened its doors for exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the exciting work being done at our facility! We conserve, document, and investigate the artifacts recovered from the shipwreck identified as the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Be among the first eyes to see pieces of the ship and objects touched by pirates that have been hidden under the ocean for almost 300 years, and experience all that is involved in preserving these priceless treasures! It is because of your interest and support that we are able to continue learning about and sharing this incredible piece of history with our state, our nation, and our world.

A few of the highlights our tours are:

  • Enter our warehouse, which contains one of the largest collections of cannon excavated from a single wreck.
  • View pieces of a real pirate ship, including a 12-foot anchor and parts of the hull structure itself.
  • Explore how we reveal mysteries of the sea through x-ray technology.
  • Preview fully-conserved artifacts before they reach the museum.

We offer two types of tours. Click on the one that most interests you to register.

Group Tours and More

Other large group tour options are available by appointment (at least one month in advance). Please contact the Lab for more information.

Tours are free and open to all ages. Come back throughout the year to see the latest happenings at our lab.

For further information, contact Courtney Page, QAR Lab Manager, at or (252) 744-6721.

Request a Group Tour Appointment

The Lab hosts two annual weekend events. Saturday at the QAR Lab will offer eight tour opportunities throughout the day. Each tour is limited to 20 people and registration is required. The next Saturday at the QAR Lab will be November 19th, 2016, beginning at 10:00am.

Register for Saturday at the QAR Lab

The QAR Lab Open House occurs one Saturday each spring as part of the NC Science Festival. This event features hands-on activities demonstrating underwater archaeology and conservation, as well as pirate history and artifacts. No registration is required and all ages are welcome. The next Open House will be April 8th, 2017, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

More QAR Experiences

Once you've visited the QAR Lab, you'll want to check out the many other locations throughout North Carolina featuring artifacts and exhibits from the Queen Anne's Revenge.

View More Ways to Experience QAR in Person