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“Mariner's Museum and Monitor Center are Tops”
Review of USS Monitor Center

USS Monitor Center
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Newport News, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
569 reviews
151 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 364 helpful votes
“Mariner's Museum and Monitor Center are Tops”
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 2013 part of the restoration is closed due to lack of federal funding, but it will not impact your visit terribly.) Three different movies are included with your visit and the hands-on experience in the Monitor center is great. We were fortunate to hear a lecture by one of the divers that has recovered relics for the center. Highly recommend a visit if you are in Newport News. ($12 per person)

Visited January 2014
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Macon, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
392 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Interesting American history artifacts”
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.

Visited September 2013
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Lake Mary, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“A neat chunk of history”
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 movie about the development of the monitor!

Visited October 2013
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East Syracuse, New York
Level 6 Contributor
445 reviews
249 attraction reviews
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“An ironclad raised from the depths.”
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 turning the turret. Outsuide is a full size Monitor replica. Nearby is a theater showing the full recovery process.

Inside the museum is a full size walk through of the Monitor's inside. This includes the captain's living quarters, officer's wardroom, enlisted men's rooms, the paymaster & doctor's quarters. For lighting, exact replica lamp of the Monitor's time period are used.

The second biggest exhibit is the CSS Virginia. A full size bow/stern can be viewed from the outside & inside. Also part of a full size broadside, with cannons. THe Virginia is not extensive as the Monitor, however still interesting. One gallery is all about Confederate flags.

The Monitor's part has countless glass cases with ships models, paintings & small details about individual items.

After admission, a visitor can take a self or group tour.The staff members areextremety knowledgeable & able to answer all questions. To see the entire museum, I recommend a visit as early as possible. I underesitmated the time necessary for a complete visit.

Flash photography is permitted, unless signs say NO FLASH. The museum has a well stocked gift shop. No cafe, however vending machines are available in the gift shop.

Any person with an interest in the American Civil War will enjoy just the Monitor's portion of the museum. A visit is highly recommended.

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9:00-5:00.
Sunday 11:00-5:00.

Admission: Adults-$12.00.
AAA, Military, Seniors (65 +)-$11.00.
Students 13& up-$11.00.
Ages 6-12- $7.00.
5 & under-Free.
Museum memberships are available.

Jack L., Syracuse, New York.

Visited May 2013
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Newport News, Virginia, United States
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
“A Wonderful experience”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

We visited and spent 3 hours in this one area of the museum. We purchased a year membership so we could return and enjoy other exhibits at a leasurely pace.

Visited March 2013
Thank Don C
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