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“A Treasure”

The Mariners' Museum & Park
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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.
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62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“A Treasure”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

The Mariners Museum is home to thousands of paintings,models and artifacts as well as the Monitor center. It is located in a park, on a scenic lake. It really takes days to see the entire collection. It can easily be included in a visit to Williamsburg, or Yorktown. My grandsons had a wonderful time . They especially liked the miniatures and the larger boats. Its the kind of place you can come back to time and again.

Visited October 2013
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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184 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Educating my Daughter/Her Grade School won't”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Wonderful place! So well done, so much history here.
Give yourself 3 hrs min. If you can.
Great movie on the 2 Ironclads the Monitor/Merrimack

Visited October 2013
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New Bern, North Carolina
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435 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“This is a two day event”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

What a place! We arrived as the doors opened and left just before 5:00pm when the doors shut. We did take a break for lunch at a local restaurant. There is so much to see. You could almost spend an entire day in the Monitor Center.
After we left, I realized we had missed a entire section of the Mariner's Museum.
My only suggestion would be to identify the various areas of the museum with better signage. At times we felt lost.
Don't miss the "Batten Conservation Complex" to view the artifacts. It's out of the way.
On the plus side, there were plenty of rest rooms along the way.
Would like to return.

Visited October 2013
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

This is a beautiful museum that covers all aspects of Maritime history. There is so much to see that a person could spend hours enjoying all the exhibits.

Visited October 2013
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The Villages, Florida
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Mariner's Museum”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

We landed here because of the government shutdown and we could not visit Yorktown as planned. The shutdown worked to our favor for sure. This museum was far better than we anticipated. We were there 5 hours and could have spent much more time. The whole wing with the USS Monitor display was incredible. We did not get time to watch all the movies - and really wanted to. This place is a real GEM. Don't miss the small craft center.

Visited October 2013
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