The Mariners' Museum & Park, Newport News

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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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  • Wow, can I just say stunning?! I love it here so much. I was in awe of its beauty!! No wonder I have heard so many people mention about this park. Definitely would motivate me to walk/ run/ ride for.....  more
    Wow, can I just say stunning?! I love it here so much. I was in awe of its beauty!! No wonder I have heard so many people mention about this park. Definitely would motivate me to walk/ run/ ride for.....  more »
  • My wife and I enjoyed this Museum and would go back for a second round. Lots to see. I think park of the exhibits was shut down for remodeling. 
    My wife and I enjoyed this Museum and would go back for a second round. Lots to see. I think park of the exhibits was shut down for remodeling.  more »
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  • Completely transformed over the last 10 years to focus on the Monitor as it’s prime exhibit. Includes the turret and a large number of artifacts, plus a full size model of the entire ship outdoors and a full sized model of the turret indoors. The real thing is there undergoing preservation for years with good progress, but you can barely see it since it is under water. Beyond that, it has a huge Americas Cup yacht so big that even its own building is too small, a few small boats that now have an climate controlled warehouse, and an amazing set ships models.
  • This is very well presented and it's incredible that they are working on preserving the Monitor from the Civil War as well as detailing a lot of information about the CS Virginia. Surprisingly enjoyable is the small craft display where they show a large variety of smaller boats along with a very rich description of there place and history. They have a couple of rooms with huge ship models with Incredible detail and variety especially ocean liners. If you really want to see everything here allow four hours.

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