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USS Monitor Center

100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA
(757) 596-2222
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Ranked #7 of 23 Attractions in Newport News
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Aug 24, 2014
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
19 reviews 19 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Very informative and realistic model of the ironclad. It is unfortunate that you can no longer glimpse the real Monitor due to budget cuts.

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Hong Kong, China
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162 reviews 162 reviews
63 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This center offers a fascinating look at the famous Ironclad. The exhibit space is very interesting and surprisingly packed with stuff to see. The only thing I didn't find overwhelmingly amazing was the "Battle Theater" as I felt it could have been better. Overall, the experience is great.

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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This is a small, but well organized and informative museum on the Monitor and Virginia Civil War battleships. There are galleries with displays of nautical items, ship models, and rescue at sea. You can also see the desalination tanks holding the Monitor's turret, gun(s), and engine.

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Savannah, Georgia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
5 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We went because I wanted to see the Monitor. I was anticipating with a 5 & 3 yr old to spend only an hour. We got there at noon and had to leave at 5 because they were closing. It was air conditioned except for the one outside display and had a number if interaction activities that the kids liked... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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53 reviews 53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have been several times, you just can't take it all in. Seems like every time we go we see something new. The people that work there are very nice. The history here is just amazing.

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Black Hawk, South Dakota
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

I wrote my review of this attraction under the Mariners' Museum heading before I realized there was a seperate listing for the USS Monitor Center. I don't think I'm the only one to make that mistake. The whole facility is great and well worth the money.

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Newport News, Virginia
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154 reviews 154 reviews
20 attraction reviews
256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoy visiting the Mariner's Museum and Monitor Center. Since we are locals, we go annually. The exhibits change continuously, so its like a "new" museum each visit. There is something to appeal to young and old. We especially enjoyed the Titanic Exhibit and Adrift At Sea Exhibit. The Monitor wing is amazing and will not disappoint. (Right now-January... More

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Macon, North Carolina
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15 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Lots to see and read. Interesting to see the actual cannons and other pieces of the historic ship. Fair portrayal of the battle,and the hardships endured on both sides by the combatants daily. Worth a visit to see thestories and the items.

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Davidson, North Carolina
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103 reviews 103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013 via mobile

Just like the maritime museum, this was great. The exhibits were amazing. The ability to walk the deck of a full scale replica of the monitor or to go inside a replica of the Virginia was very neat. Just as fun was to see inside the turret while it rests in a conservation tank. Make sure you catch the hour... More

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East Syracuse, New York
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126 attraction reviews
184 helpful votes 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

The Monitor is close to half the Mariners Museum's collection. My visit was just the Monitor , which was about four & half hours, which included reading. viewing & photographing. The Monitor's turret is on display, with one of it's cannons. Just a few yards away is a replica turret with cannon & gun carriage. Underneath is the gearing for... More

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