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“Superior Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Mariners' Museum

The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606
+1 757-596-2222
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Newport News
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, includes the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War Ironclad's iconic gun turret. The Museum has over 35,000 maritime artifacts, including ship models, paintings and small craft. Located on a 550-acre park, they also feature a 5-mile hiking trail and paddleboat rentals.
Hampton, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
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“Superior Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Very Educational!Offers an extremely enjoyable and enlightening experience in a beautiful venue. The surrounding lake and grounds are beautiful as well.

Visited October 2012
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Marietta, Georgia
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129 reviews 129 reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Wow - Amazingly well done - Home to the Monitor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you want to see the vessels of history this is the place. Amazing displays of boats and ships that plied with waters of the Chesapeake and the rivers that feed it. Films and pictures augment the real stars, the boats themselves. The star of this magnificent museum is the Monitor itself. Displays of the combatants in amazing detail. An excellent movie details the days surrounding the first combat of Iron Clad ships. The wreck of the Monitor was recovered and the parts are there in preservation tanks.

Excellent displays everywhere - this is a world class museum that is impossible to do justice to in a single visit.

Visited November 2012
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Asheville, North Carolina
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“good history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Love historical battle tours, and we were attracted to advertised display of the Ironclads. The museum is way more than that, but the Ironclads displays were great as was the layout of the museum. We had a debate going when we arrived as to how new the museum was because the displays and facility were pristine, we were shocked that it was established in 1930's. Spent probably 3 hours there, could have spent more, and additionally has beautiful grounds (several mile walk around a lake, or just nice picnicking-- we were there in Autumn so of course, its exceptional. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in the history of seafaring or warfare.

Visited October 2012
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Gloucester, Virginia
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“Largest Maritime Museum in the US and home of the Monitor Center”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Have visited the Mariner's Museum many, many times. This is one of the premiere maritime museums in the world with a huge archive and library and among their offerings is the International Small Craft Collection and the USS Monitor Center. Totally worth visiting.

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Maryland
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“Excellent for history buffs”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

The Monitor/Merrimac exhibit including the recovered turret is not to be missed. The many exhibits of the history of sailing including numerous models can be almost overwhelming. Also interesting exhibits on the Chesapeake Bay.

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