The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) is a vibrant hub of arts & cultural events & activities for adults and youth serving Eastern North Carolina. It is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort & Washington Counties, based in its Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC.  Join today and live art, give art!


Gallery Hours

TUE – WED 11 AM – 6 PM, TH 1 – 6 PM, FRI 11 AM – 6 PM, SAT 10 AM – 2 PM, & SUN – MON: CLOSED. AOP is also open evenings and additional weekend hours for events.



Theatre Hours

Scroll down or click The Events or Exhibits Calendars for event or rental information & opportunities for artists.

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Historic Vaudeville Entrance

at the Turnage Theatre

Be sure to visit us at 150 W. Main Street in Downtown Washington, NC to learn about our historic Vaudeville theatre.

We’ve restored the original entrance and we’re displaying the theatre’s story on the doors.

The arts council’s calendar is jam-packed each month with everything from acting camps to professional acts, music workshops to concerts and festivals, a plethora of art classes to a variety of exhibitions.”

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Deborah Griffin

- Staff Writer, The Daily Reflector

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BOCO Town Newsletter

Your complete guide to Beaufort County’s events and activities.

News Blog Archives

Arts of the Pamlico / Turnage Theatre

are making news every week.

You can help Beaufort County Arts take flight with your year-end donation.

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Thank you! Your help, attendance at events, donations and sharing information about activities at the Arts of the Pamlico keep all the wheels turning at the Turnage Theatre and is greatly appreciated.
As the year comes to a close, please consider a year-end donation to the Arts of the Pamlico. It will make a big difference right here in your community!
We have several options for year-end giving to fit your interests and budget. Please visit or complete the attached form and return it today to help the arts take flight in Beaufort County.
Thank you for considering supporting the Arts of the Pamlico as part of your year-end giving.
All the best to you and yours for a healthy and happy holiday season!

Check out these links!

Silent Movies in NC - UNCTV Film Clip

The Historic Turnage Theatre is home to a mothballed silent movie & vaudeville theatre. Learn more about the silent movie era in NC at

Backstage art by BRAVO! Kids

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Washington chosen small town of the year

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In The News

Give it a Whirl!

Give it a Whirl!

 Name the Whirling Sculpture Raffle for the Turnage Theatre RoofGive it a whirl - make a donation to the Raise the Roof Campaign to support replacing the failing theatre roof this summer and get a chance to win the right to name the new kinetic sculpture at the...

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Art Beat for week of January 20, 2020

Art Beat for week of January 20, 2020

Art Beat shares information about programs and efforts of your regional arts council, Arts of the Pamlico (AOP), and arts events at the Historic Turnage Theatre and across the county. AOP presents and supports the provision of arts programming for the community and...

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Address: 150 West Main Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889

Phone: 252-946-2504


Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Thursday: 1 – 6 PM

Friday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Sundays – Mondays: closed

Plus, Day & Evening for Events

Arts of the Pamlico @ Historic Turnage Theatre

We’re just one block from the Washington Waterfront.

Come by boat and dock at the Waterfront! We are just a short walk to dinner and an event at the Turnage Theatre.

There is also plenty of parking behind the Theatre.

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