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The Mariners' Museum

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 Mariners' Museum located in Newport News, VA.

The Mariners’ Museum was named the official repository for the Monitor Collection by NOAA in 1987. The museum acts as the primary conservation facility for artifacts recovered from the site. Today, the collection consists of over 200 tons of priceless artifacts recovered from the iconic Civil War ironclad located within the boundaries of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

On March 9, 2007, the USS Monitor Center opened to the public. At the heart of the center is the exhibition--Ironclad Revolution--a melding of artifacts, original documents, paintings, personal accounts, interactive exhibits and environments that will pique all five senses. The strategies, people, technology, and science behind the historic circumstances surrounding the Monitor’s story are displayed in an extraordinary way.

Visitors to the museum can also stand just feet away from the turret, Dahlgren guns and their carriages, and other large artifacts being conserved in the Batten Conservation Laboratory located within the museum.




 
50,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Ironclad Revolution tells the story of USS Monitor and its crew

With over 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Ironclad Revolution tells the story of USS Monitor and its crew. (Courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum)

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Museum that has full-size replica of USS Monitor

Visitors to the museum can walk on the deck a full-size replica of USS Monitor. (Courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum)



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