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The Mariners' Museum, Newport News

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4.8/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
Immerse yourself in maritime history at The Mariners' Museum, which houses more than 30,000 authentic artifacts, works of art, and models. You can learn about the naval customs and life on board a ship, and even design your own vessel. The collection of artifacts ranges from ships' armament and equipment to decorations and navigational instruments. The museum's USS Monitor Center houses artifacts salvaged from the wreck of this innovative, Civil War ironclad. Through the collection of paintings and miniatures, you can see how ships and the sea inspired artists and craftspeople throughout the world. The museum's library at Christopher Newport University holds one of the largest collections of books and sources on maritime history on the American continent. While the museum requires an admission fee, the library is free and open to the public. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Mariners' Museum by using our Newport News holiday planner.
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  • My wife and I stopped here so I could see the artifacts that have been recovered from the Union ironclad, USS Monitor. There is a nice interpretative exhibit on the battle between the Monitor and Merr...  read more »
  • I have been going here for many years on a monthly basis since it opened. It is always enjoyble and I am never bored. They are very kid friendly and genuinely welcoming. They have rotating exhibits of...  read more »
  • While in Williamsburg area we decided to check into the Monitor exhibit at the Museum. Figured perhaps about an hour or so. Boy, were we wrong. We were there 5 hours & could have used more. Docents we...  read more »
  • What a wonderful experience! I am fascinated by nautical history and this great museum did not prove to be a disappointment. I especially like the Abandoned at Sea exhibit. I started to feel like I myself was lost at sea for a moment. I like exhibits that send you away thinking about them.
  • THIS REVIEW IS ONLY ON BEHALF OF THE HIKING TRAILS AT THE MUSEUM: I have been enjoying these trails for many years since my family and I were stationed locally. It is always beautiful, and theraputic. This is a very dog friendly hiking trail as well with many winding side trails to explore also. The complete trial is a big circle totalling 5 miles. There is wildlife, 90% of the entire hike is "woodsy" with shade and I love taking my DSLR camera for fun casual shooting. I bring my toddler along often but this is NOT a stroller friendly trail. I would suggest a baby carrier.
  • Add I type this it is 1$a person admission for all of August 2016! There is a great park out side for kids to play on wooden ships and patents can sit in the shade. Loved the museum itself and could see myself getting lost for hours. Kid friendly through out with large models and interactive exhibits intermingled. Lived the model ship room with its impressive collection. There is also a convention room for hosting events. We will have to try the trails next time as they looked serene. Friendly staff and lots to do making return trips a must
  • Lots and lots of history! While the museum is great, I would say go without your little kids. We went and there's just nothing much for kids. They have a small section the kids can play in and they did like that. I think it would have been great to be able to go and just take your time reading.
  • Great experience for Civil War buffs and people interested in naval/seafaring culture. Getting to see the replica of The Monitor was one of the highlights of the visit. Being a fan of history and of the band Titus Andronicus made that a special moment. Most of the museum is dedicated to the Civil War and the Battle of Hampton Roads in-particularly, but there are still a wealth of exhibits on topics outside of this.
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