The Mariners' Museum & Park

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The Mariners' Museum & Park

The Mariners' Museum & Park
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Speciality Museums • Parks
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Museum galleries are temporarily closed but we remain committed to bringing you fascinating stories from our Collection. Many favorite lecture series and family-friendly programs are being offered virtually for free, and we invite you to connect online with us. In addition, our Park and the Noland Trail are open and free to the public. We apologize for any inconvenience, and wish you good health until we can safely reopen our galleries.
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William M
Belleville, IL412 contributions
Great nautical museum
Sep 2021
This is a very large museum of nautical history. There are many exhibits and models of ships and their place in our history. There is a lot of nautical gear on display. It is a very interesting place to visit. Highly recommended.
Written September 29, 2021
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Lori G
Aurora, CO5 contributions
A hidden Gem - a Must See Museum
Sep 2021
This was a lovely museum, and it only cost a dollar, it was worth $25 at least. Plan on spending 3 hrs. here at least, more if you are a reader. Please watch the 3D D-Day movie if it is still running, was a very well done little movie. This museum was designed very well with cute little rooms that look like a boat or ship or submarine. This is a definite must see when in the Norfolk, Newport News, Williamsburg area.
Written September 5, 2021
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ElaineAndGreg
Chesterland, OH2,602 contributions
Wonderful Museum
Jun 2021
The Mariners' Museum is a great deal of fun and at present admission is being supported by generous donors so that it's only $1 to attend. It's one of the best dollars you will ever spend,

The Mariner's Museum is really two or three attractions in one place. For Civil War or naval buffs, it is where the USS Monitor was taken after being found about 20 years ago. They also have a full-sized mockup of it (actually two - one of the exterior and one of the interior) so you can walk around them and will have an idea of what it was like to be on them back in the 1860s. They also have a life size replica of the deck of the USS Merrimack/CSS Virginia that you can walk through. There is a great deal of helpful information about both, presented in a way that focuses on the ships and sailors rather than their respective causes.

There are many other displays of famous ships of all kinds ranging from the Korean "turtle ships" from centuries ago to the ultra modern America's Cup ships. With respect to the America's Cup, watch the video on the training and physical fitness of the sailors on board - that is a marvel itself. More than one room contains models of ships of all kinds.

The museum plainly has had its financial backers (mostly from the shipping industry). All of the displays are of the first quality, with excellent lighting and descriptive material and highly professional presentations. They obviously also strived to make sure that basically everyone will find something to appeal to them.

A second part is a warehouse-like structure with about 75 smaller boats of all kinds ranging from African River boats to kayaks to gondolas. They took care to include boats with interesting histories, uses, or appearances, so you don't need to be a boating aficionado to enjoy them.

The staff here is great. They all love the history here and are eager to show you interesting things about the displays or individual vessels.

There is also a cafe, which is a nice place for lunch, as well as a museum shop.

We did not walk around the park, which seemed nice based on our drive. We would highly recommend this unusual and fun museum.
Written August 31, 2021
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bcbcbc
Columbus OH262 contributions
Absolutely Awesome!
Aug 2021
We visited the Mariner’s Museum as a last minute addition to a vacation in Virginia. I had read an item about artifacts of the Civil War Battleship, the Monitor, being housed at the Museum. Because of my late grandfather’s interest in the Civil War and battleships, I had learned about the Monitor, and at the battle with the Merrimack as a very young child. So, I was thrilled to learn I could actually see relics from the Monitor, including the gun turret. I had assumed this to be a small museum (probably because of the $1.00 entrance fee) and thought we (3 couples) would spend just a little time while I got my “Monitor fix”. What a surprise when we walked into the museum and saw all it has to offer. We ended up spending almost 3 hours. Although my biggest thrill was the Monitor exhibit, this museum has so many fascinating exhibits and ship models, as well as some small boats of interest. The 3 men in our group were fascinated, as we expected. However there were so many different types of exhibits that there were several that interested the women as well. This Museum is top notch and is not to be missed if you are anywhere in the area.
Written August 28, 2021
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TazsGirl
Ohio173 contributions
Extensive!
Aug 2021 • Couples
Extensive and modern museum dedicated to all kinds of vessels with a heavy focus on the ironclad USS Monitor. So many beautiful ship models and well done exhibits. This visit was the perfect way to spend an extremely hot day indoors during our Williamsburg vacation. Also, how can you beat the value??? No fee to park and only $1 admission. Donations are accepted.
Written August 1, 2021
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blairkk25
New Jersey2,465 contributions
Fantastic visit - focused my visit on the Civil War and the ironclads
Jul 2021
I visited The Mariners' Museum and Park in July 2021. I arrived early at 8:30 am for the museum opening at 9 am. The museum is fantastic and I focused my visit on the USS Monitor and CSS Merrimack (CSS Virginia) which is a specific section of the museum. Although the museum covers much more than this I came here specifically for Civil War history. I did not care that much about the one dollar entrance fee as I would have come here anyway given my interest in the Civil War. The coverage of the ironclads and Civil War history were fantastic. There were many exhibits on the building of the ironclads, the USS Monitor, the CSS Virginia (the museum preferred this name over the CSS Merrimack), the details of the battle between the Monitor and the Virginia, and the Civil War history related to this battle including the Peninsular Campaign of 1862. There were a model of the CSS Virginia and a rusted gun and replica of the gun turret from the USS Monitor. In a separate area you can visit the preservation efforts for the USS Monitor and the chemical preservation process. I did not have time to watch the film. As I stated before, there is a lot of other things in this museum if you have more time. The staff were nice and helpful and there was a nice gift shop. I may have another trip to the area soon and will consider visiting again if I have time.
Written July 16, 2021
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Emily C
Carrollton, VA17 contributions
Great use of a dollar
Jul 2021 • Couples
This was a great place to visit, especially for ONE BUCK! You really can’t go wrong with anything for a dollar, especially a fun way to kill an afternoon. My boyfriend and I spent about 2 hours going through all the exhibits and learned a lot about naval warfare and ships in general (and we were both pretty well informed to begin with being a Navy kid and a history buff).
Written July 5, 2021
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mcdh4561
Fredericksburg, VA574 contributions
In a beautiful park area
Jun 2021
This museum was nicely laid out and worth a visit if you are in the area. The ironclad portion of the museum honors both ironclads that changed naval warfare. There are excellent model ships too see. The gilded eagle figurehead is dramatic. Nice gift shop and friendly staff.
Written June 25, 2021
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Teisha M
Lexington6 contributions
Very interesting
Jun 2021
I am very impressed with all of the information and visuals in on building and all for ONE DOLLAR!!! I loved the Noland Trail right after. Great place for Virginia history.
Written June 25, 2021
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kimsatty
Newport News, VA151 contributions
Astroll in the park
Apr 2021
My church walking group "The Spirit Walkers" did a wonderful nature walk and tree talk in the Mariners Museum Park. It was on the Noland Trail. Graham was our guide. He was awesome. He did a beautiful job of informing us about some of the trees in the park. We really enjoyed his great personality and knowledge of the trees This is a great way to spend a morning.
Written April 28, 2021
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The Mariners' Museum & Park is open:
  • Sun - Sun 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM