The Ocracoke Preservation Society (OPS) is located in a 100-year-old house originally owned by Captain David Williams, the first keeper of the Ocracoke U.S. Coast Guard Station. In the museum, OPS offers visitors a glimpse of what life was like in earlier times through displays, artifacts and historic photographs.

From mid-June through mid-August, museum staff and volunteers offer a variety of programs including museum tours, kid crafts and Porch Talks. Each program brings in island residents and/or local experts to share information about the history, culture and heritage of Ocracoke Island in fun and interactive ways. Other special events are scheduled throughout the year.

Onsite is a museum gift shop features many locally-made items. Visiting the museum is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.