The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, Virginia
Whether you’re a boat lover, a historian, an adventurer, or an artist – the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia has enough to satiate the hobbyist and intellectual pursuits of just about everyone. The Mariners’ Museum is the largest maritime museum in North America, as well as being one of the largest in the world. With over 61,000 square feet, the museum includes 10 permanent galleries, art exhibitions, over 35,000 maritime artifacts from around the world, and an extensive research library that includes ship plans and images as well as books, maps, and manuscripts.
Located at Lake Maury and boasting a five mile shoreline trail, if you find you’ve been underwater for too long inside the museum, you’ll find a short trek to be the perfect opportunity to synthesize the information you’ve gained from all the exhibits.
One of the museum’s most notable permanent exhibits is that of the USS Monitor, an ironclad warship, which includes pieces from the ship itself as well as the history surrounding the Battle of Hampton Roads, arguably the most important naval battle in the American Civil War. The success of the USS Monitor in that battle caused Britain and France to halt the manufacturing of wooden warships, and the world navies saw a sudden shift towards new ironclad warships, known as monitors, based off the original USS Monitor.
The exhibits of the Mariners’ Museum are impressive in scope and variety. Many of the art exhibits at the Mariners’ Museum have focused on the aesthetic beauty of boats around the world as reflective of their respective cultures. The museum welcomes many traveling exhibits, and also hosts many 2-dimensional artifacts online in their virtual galleries.
Hours: Monday through Saturday (includes Tuesdays): 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve (12/24) and Christmas (12/25).
It is open on Mondays which coincide with Federal holidays.
Admission: (Updated December 23, 2014)
Seniors (65+); $12.95
Military (with valid ID): $12.95
Children (ages 4 to 12): $8.95
Children (3 and under): Free
Museum Members: Free
Tickets to the Explorers Theaters are in addition to Museum admission. $6 for non-members, $5 for Members, adn $2 for children 3 and under.
Prices are subject to change. Group rates are available.
The Mariners’ Museum is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for visitors upon request.
Phone: (757) 596-2222 | Fax: (757) 591-7320