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USS Monitor Center

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Address: 100 Museum Dr, Part of Mariners Museu, Newport News, VA 23606-3757
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+1 757-596-2222
09:00 - 17:00
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We toured the Monitor Center while visiting the Mariners' Museum. It wasn't my favorite part of the tour, but it was interesting and will especially interest Civil War history... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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255 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We toured the Monitor Center while visiting the Mariners' Museum. It wasn't my favorite part of the tour, but it was interesting and will especially interest Civil War history buffs and people interested in knowing about the ship's recovery.

Thank Mary1675
Newport News, Virginia
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59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

This is a terrific museum devoted to all manner of water craft. They have miniature ships as well as life sized. The Monitor Center tells the story of the craft during the Civil War as well as how it was found and lifted and brought to the museum. You can go up on a walkway and look down and see... More 

1 Thank andreweth
Eastern PA
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98 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Such an amazing display: well thought out, thought provoking and visually stimulating. Was a nice way to spend a day and remember/realize that America does, indeed, have a Naval history.

1 Thank MommiAnna
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

My husband is the Civil War fan so this museum was high on his Must Go list. I found it very interesting as well. The USS Monitor has been raised from its resting place and placed in a special bath to preserve the metal. The museum has a model of what it looked like when raised and what was it... More 

1 Thank Janice M
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158 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

This gives such a great breakdown of the history of the USS Monitor and it's famed battle with CSS Virginia, and has a replica of the Monitor you can walk on as well, but for me the highlight was seeing actual pieces that had been salvaged from the wreckage that they were working on cleaning up.

1 Thank travelguy51_9
Clarkston, Georgia
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40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016

It's hard to believe all the info available to go with all the artifacts that were located and still being brought to life. Great exhibit.

1 Thank Bamboo708
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016

Have visited the mariners museum several times over the years. the exhibits of mini subs from WW II to viking ships. Numerous exhibits for the entire family and new Monitor exhibit is great

Thank juliusstr42
Levittown, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Please see review on the mariner's museum. This just one part of an amazing museum. It is well worth the visit.

Thank David H
Newport News, Virginia
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95 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

I grew up studying the saga of the Monitor and Merrimack battle. Two Ironclad battleships fighting and the idea of the Monitor sinking off Cape Hatteras is even more fascinating with the ship's turret here. One has to appreciate history of shipbuilding here at the Mariner's Museum. Worth a visit!

Thank Greenakrz
Clarksville, Tennessee
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This exhibit provides real insight into the shift from wooden ships to iron ships. One leaves with a better understanding of what living conditions were like as well as how the ships operated and fought. The Monitor vs Virginia(Merrimac) battle of Hampton Roads was so clearly presented I have a better understanding of this turning point in history.

1 Thank Terry S

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