The Mariners' Museum & Park, Newport News

Immerse yourself in maritime history at The Mariners' Museum & Park, 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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Mariners' Museum & Park and many more Newport News attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Newport News trip site.
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  • This is a nice well maintained museum with a dollar admission! Ironclad / Monitor Center is the place to go to learn about this important battle. Whole separate area full of different examples of...  more »
  • there are lots of maritime museums, but this is one of the best we've visited. The exhibits are well thought out, the ships fun to walk thru, just a fun place for all ages. The turret of Old...  more »
  • We visited yesterday with our seven year old daughter and she enjoyed it except when I took to long to read an exhibit! As others have said, admission is $1.00 and well worth it. There is an add-on...  more »
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  • A great place for families. They consistently have events going on each week and bigger events throughout the year. I recently became a member to save on ticket prices for these events, and after registering for a couple it's already worth it. The staff is friendly and helpful, and they clearly take pride in their work.
  • Amazing museum, especially with the $1 admission during the Summer. Amazing relics and models and very entertaining. The Monitor portion of the museum is absolutely stunning. The recreations, interactive exhibits, and artifacts are second to none. While it may not be the best for children, those who are interested in naval history absolutely should make a visit.
  • The Mariner's Museum is a treasure trove of nautical memorabilia and history. The beautiful galleries are full of expertly detailed signs and historical formation. All for $1.00 admission - hard to believe, but true! Remember to take some time to view the galleries in the adjacent Peninsula Fine Arts Museum as well. You'll feel entertained and enriched, but save a little jingle for the very cool gift shops!
  • This 9000 square ft museum is a Smithsonian quality museum. This was our second visit to the facility as last yr we were unable to see it all in the time we had. Allow yourself at least an entire day. There is a cafe there for lunch and a gift shop. The fee to get in is minimal. Such a wonderful experience. Newport News is lucky to have such a great place.
  • We enjoyed a lovely afternoon here, and the $1 admission for summer is the best deal in town. My children enjoyed the games and dress up chest, and the battle theater is a very cool experience. Make sure you walk all the way to the back of the model ship exhibit, where model makers are creating intricate replicas of all types of boats. Each staff member we met along the way was friendly and happy to answer questions. The cafe has a great selection and prices were reasonable.
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