Monitor's 150th Anniversary
Conservation and Preservation of the Monitor

Mariners' Museum

Conservation and Preservation | Mariners' Museum | Artifacts

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 Mariners' Museum located in Newport News, VA.

Salt, mud and time have taken their toll on the iron artifacts of the USS Monitor. In 2006, the Batten Conservation Laboratory Complex at The Mariners’ Museum opened. This state-of-the-art facility houses thousands of small and large Monitor artifacts in an environment where scientists can study the corrosion process and preserve components of the shipwreck.

In the conservation complex, museum visitors can stand just feet from the two 11-inch Dahlgren guns and their carriages, which were extracted in 2004 from the Monitor’s revolutionary turret. The Monitor’s turret and steam engine can also be viewed.

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USS Monitor Engine Removed from Water for First Time in Nearly a Decade.
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