On March 9, 1987, The Mariners' Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia, was designated the principal repository and conservation facility for USS Monitor artifacts recovered from the site. It is also the official visitor center for Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.
In 2007, the museum opened the Batten Conservation Laboratory Complex. 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. In the conservation complex, museum visitors can stand just feet from the turret, steam engine, and Dahlgren guns as they watch conservators at work.
That same year, the museum's USS Monitor Center opened to the public. At the heart of the center is the exhibition Ironclad Revolution, which offers a melding of artifacts, original documents, paintings, personal accounts, interactive exhibits, and environments that immerse visitors in the story of the USS Monitor.