Visiting Your Sanctuary

View of the ocean
Looking out into the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary is located off the North Carolina coast just 16 miles south-southeast of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Visiting the USS Monitor is not easy as it lies on the bottom of the ocean at about 240 feet. Fortunately, for those who don't want to get their feet wet, there are many places that offer visitors the opportunity to discover the wonders of this great ship. From our primary visitor's center at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, people can walk through exhibits, interact with kiosks, download videos and more. Each venue offers visitors a better understanding of the significant contributions Monitor made to our nation's history. To learn more about partnering organizations click here.

Private Research Permits

For those able to dive the Monitor, private research diving permits are available by contacting the sanctuary office.

Learn more about diving in the Monitor and other national marine sanctuaries by clicking here.

Weather at the Monitor

Weather and sea surface conditions can be unpredictable at the Monitor, so make sure you have the most up-to-date weather information before you leave shore. The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary has installed a NOAA data buoy to help provide real-time weather conditions for mariners, fishermen and divers who may be visiting the area.


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