On March 9, 1987, The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia was designated the principle museum for the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. The museum acts as the primary conservation facility for large and small artifacts recovered from the site. In 2001, the Batten Conservation Laboratory Complex at the museum opened. This state of the art facility houses thousands of small and large Monitor artifacts where scientists study the corrosion process and preserve components of the shipwreck. The conservation facility is open to the public during regular Mariners’ Museum hours.
Working with companies like CC Technologies, Fuji Film and Optira, NOAA and The Mariners’ Museum are making great strides in preserving the historic shipwreck for future generations. Visit http://www.monitorcenter.org for more information on the conservation process.