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The Mariners' Museum & Park

100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606-3757
+1 757-596-2222
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What a Great Museum!

We were in town for a wedding and decided to spend an afternoon at the Mariner's Museum. It was... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Laura W
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Cleveland, Ohio
Great Museum

This museum is great. Naval history, Monitor and Marimsc replicas, first rate and fascinating... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
wendymF3327FO
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Tijeras, New Mexico
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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
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in town for a wedding and decided to spend an afternoon at the Mariner's Museum. It was great! Every room had something that made me say, "wow." Even the bathrooms had interesting facts on how sailors used to go to the bathroom on...More

Thank Laura W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is great. Naval history, Monitor and Marimsc replicas, first rate and fascinating movies on the ocean and it's past and future life, Don't miss Monsters of the Deep. You'll fall in love with DOLLY and so will your children. All sorts of ships...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fascinated by the careful methods of preserving and restoring the historic iron warship, but also enjoyed the model of it, the many ship models, and examples of ship interiors. Well-done video of Monitor/Merrimack battle.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Highly recommend even if you aren't in to boating. The exhibit on the USS Monitor is worth the cost of admission. The small crafts building was another excellent venue. Seeing the last America's Cup catamaran was amazing! All in all very interesting.

Thank Philip G
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

This place is so big that you will need at least a few hours to see most of it. If you like History and especially if you are into the Civil War or anything Naval, then this is the place for you. They have many...More

Thank rhathb
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

This museum is really big. Plan on spending at least a few hours. It offer vast information about the Civil War. It also has rooms devoted to other interesting times in History such as the World Wars as well as Space exploration. It has interactive...More

Thank Roger H
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Reviewed May 7, 2018

When I lived in the area in the 70s and 80s the museum was a warehouse of model ships and maritime artifacts. Now it is so much more! First, it's in a relatively new building. Second, the exhibits are much more engagingly presented. And third,...More

Thank Jerome B
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Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a very large museum and there's lots of interesting things to see, including a major exhibit of artifacts from the Ironclad Monitor. There are also some carved figureheads, model ships, Civil War items etc etc etc. My wife and I don't have a...More

Thank David W
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

The whole reason to go to the Mariner's Museum (in my opinion) is to see the replica of the USS Monitor and the artifacts recovered from it. I spent most of my time at this museum, reading about the creation, battle(s) and sinking of this...More

Thank jehenson81
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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

The Monitor comes to life at the Mariners Museum. A must see for those that love nautical history. Great walking trails around the facility!

Thank nancygerre
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Response from 162cliftont | Reviewed this property |
Cut from an article in the local paper. Artists name is I believe Gamundi
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I would think it should be fine.
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Don L
October 19, 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
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