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The Mariners' Museum & Park

100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606-3757
+1 757-596-2222
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First rate experience

There are lots of museums out there but few are as friendly and accommodating as the Mariners. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Anchorage, Alaska
History comes alive at The Mariner's Museum

The history of seafaring from the most recent technology of the America's Cup to the USS Monitor... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Centreville, Virginia
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The Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, includes the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War Ironclad's iconic gun turret. The Museum has over 35,000 maritime artifacts, including ship models, paintings and small craft. Located on a 550-acre park, they also feature a 5-mile hiking trail and paddleboat rentals.
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100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606-3757
+1 757-596-2222
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are lots of museums out there but few are as friendly and accommodating as the Mariners. We have a special interest in marine paintings by a particular artist and though none were on display, we were invited to go behind the scenes to view...More

Thank Joe_Dozzo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The history of seafaring from the most recent technology of the America's Cup to the USS Monitor Center to ancient Polynesian navigation is chronicled at this marvelous museum. Open Mon.-Sat. 9-5 and Sun. 11-5, admission rates were deeply discounted over the summer. The ship model...More

Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful place to visit especially if you like ships and the history of sailing. This place covers it all. Great section on military ships including the Monitor which was recently recovered. Special section on Polynesian sailing history. Magnificent models of all types...More

Thank Joe S
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The Mariners' Museum was running a summer special - $1.00 admission. We went and it was very interesting. There were several items for the children to touch and interact with. It is set up nicely with twists and turns that lead you to different eras....More

Thank PegRB
Reviewed 8 September 2017

This was a cool museum with lots of info and displays about the ironclad "Monitor" and it's rival the "Virginia"(Merrimack). That makes up part of the museum. Another part is sailing through the ages, with displays about explorers up through experimental craft. The 3rd part...More

Thank Christy D
Reviewed 7 September 2017

The museum has the some of the original pieces of the USS Monitor built in 1862. The battle of the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia (USS Merrimack) was fought in Hampton Roads harbor. There is a full sized replica of the USS Monitor on...More

Thank jjuicy
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Engineering evolution seen from Crabtree's models of vessels from the past to our own America's cup boat of "the future". Greats in boat history like Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson to parts and pieces of the significant Monitor- all displayed to interest all. Don't leave out...More

Thank waynebL1410NY
Reviewed 5 September 2017

This was a great museum featuring marine vessels and models. We were fortunate to visit on $1 days, so a cheap day of fun! The museum was packed with lots of replicas of ships. The ship builders were on site to speak with you if...More

Thank Tracy M
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We decided to visit museum because of the weather - raining. I sure am glad we did. We are a boating family so my spouse and I could have spent even more hours then we did here. There is so much history to learn at...More

Thank LeeannLikesFood
Reviewed 28 August 2017

They had nautical places to play and many ships a boats to see. I was amazed at how large it was. They had historical representations of the Civil War ships too. We had a great time.

Thank Wickett52
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Response from 162cliftont | Reviewed this property |
Cut from an article in the local paper. Artists name is I believe Gamundi
30 August 2016|
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Response from Jdk_mn | Reviewed this property |
I would think it should be fine.
Don L
20 October 2015|
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Response from MarinersMuseum | Property representative |
Hi Don, The only model of the SS United States we have on display doesn't have any propellers showing. You may have mistaken it with its sister ship, the SS America, which only had twin screw propulsion. Thank you, The... More