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The Mariners' Museum, Newport News
(4.9/5 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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  • We didn't know what we were going to see but we were not dissapointed....you can probably spend 2 days there and see it all. 
  • THIS is not a hotel. Lake Lake Maury & Mariner Museum & Noland Trail & Art Museum is an amazing complex for the curious and suffering a pleasant walk. In the Maritime Museum many historical artifacts related to the history of the early settlers in Virginia. "Monitor Center" layout, where there is a battle ship. On the Internet you can find interesting descriptions of halls of museums.
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  • I went there to see the Monitor, the Union ship from the battle of the Monitor and Merrimack. It did not disappoint. They have videos and how the battle took place. They had a scaled version the you c...  more »
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  • I took advantage of the $1 admission price during August. I love history and everything I've seen was a delight. From ancient times to modern times. I didn't realize how large the museum was. Lots and lots of exhibits. Thinking I was done, I was about to leave but looked at the map and I almost missed out on some parts of the museum. Well worth the walking, time, and visit.
  • If you have any interest in nautical history, this museum is a must-visit. Even if you don't think you are that interested, the interactive exhibits make this a fun museum. It is definitely worth visiting at least once!
  • Great museum! The Ironclad exhibit is one of the best I have experienced. I spent almost 4 hours working my way through that section. Overall, it is just a great place to visit and spend day even if you are not a history buff.
  • 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.
  • 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.