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The Mariners' Museum & Park

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Address: 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606-3757
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+1 757-596-2222
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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The Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, includes the USS...

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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Don't miss the evening presentations

The Mariners Museum often has evening lectures that are just wonderful. We drive over 45 minutes to get there and each one we have attended has been well worth it. Keep tabs on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Mariners Museum often has evening lectures that are just wonderful. We drive over 45 minutes to get there and each one we have attended has been well worth it. Keep tabs on their website and the local paper. Fun, and very educational.

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just returned from a visit to the Mariner's Museum. Used our Newport News Ambassador's pass for "free" admission. Museum is open 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. I am consistently impressed with the quality and variety of exhibits here. The "star" of the show is the USS Monitor exhibit hall. New items have recently been added to this collection that... More 

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The museum has an extensive collection of models, figure heads, maritime artifacts, art and more, but for many the draw is the exhibits on our first iron war ships. The artifacts are displayed well and do not miss the movies. We were there 3 hours and did not see everything and two exhibits are being refreshed.

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Pompano Beach, Fl
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had visited this museum 35 years ago and couldn't wait to return. Now the Showpiece of this museum is the USS Monitor reconstruction and rehabilitation of the original vessel. The artifacts are displayed in context so all can understand. This is excellent. The rest of the museum is very good and has some interesting exhibits. Unfortunately, the Crabtree model... More 

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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first visit at the newer expanded museum. Loved the Monitor and civil war portion of the exhibit. I can't recall another museum that lets you peak at the back room where the actual turret is stored and protected from further decay. But so much more, including wonderful ship models and a hall of figureheads from the bows... More 

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Newport News, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The exhibits are well done, does have a short movie whick kids would like, but really not geared to children yet but getting better. Lots of history tidbits displayed well but plan this trip in conjunction with the living museum.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So much history! Very informative. We visited with three young boys and there were some fun interactive exhibits that they enjoyed as well.

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MarinersMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Mariners' Museum & Park, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to see us! We're glad you enjoyed the interactive exhibits. Hope to see you here again soon! More 

Newport News, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The maritime museum. very informative many thought provoking exhibits. whenever i go I make plans to return.

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MarinersMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Mariners' Museum & Park, responded to this review

We hope you're able to come back again soon! More 

va beach va
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have inside & outside things to do. Good place for kids or adults. Lot of interesting & educating things to see & take in. They have a nice restaurant & not to expensive.

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MarinersMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Mariners' Museum & Park, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us! Come again soon. More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well done, modern museum. Very interactive. So much to see you may want do it in 2 days. Have lunch before you go. There is nowhere to eat close by and the Cafe kinda sucks

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MarinersMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Mariners' Museum & Park, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! It's great to hear you enjoyed your time here. We're working on providing a cafe experience that all can enjoy, we appreciate your patience and feedback! More 

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