The Mariners' Museum
Newport News, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description:

The Mariners' Museum, located in Newport News, VA near the tidal portion of the James River, a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, was named by Congress in 1998 as America’s National Maritime Museum. Established in 1930, this international maritime museum focuses much of its programming on the history and culture of the Bay region, and the use of Bay resources through an array of activities.

The Museum includes permanent galleries, changing and traveling exhibits, and virtual galleries available through the Museum website. One of the largest and most comprehensive maritime history museums in the world, The Mariners' houses a treasure trove of items inspired by human experience with the sea. The Museum illustrates the spirit of seafaring adventure, assembling a renowned and strikingly diverse collection of maritime artifacts including figureheads; ship models; navigational instruments; small craft, paintings, prints, drawings, engravings, and watercolors. The Museum is also home to the largest maritime library in the world with a collection of books, maps, charts, manuscripts, photographs, and other items that chronicle six centuries of maritime history.  The award-winning USS Monitor Center features exhibits on the Civil War ironclad and Battle of Hampton Roads, as well as one of the country’s largest museum conservation facilities housing the actual turret, guns and other artifacts.  Visitors may walk on a full-scale replica of the USS Monitor, take part in interactive exhibits and view films in the Battle Theater.

The 550-acre Mariners’ Museum Park is the largest privately maintained park in America open to the public.  The five-mile Noland Trail features 14 wooden footbridges and skirts beautiful Lake Maury.  The famed Lion’s Bridge is another stunning Park landmark, noted for its four lion statues created by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.  The park offers numerous opportunities for walking, running or picnics. 

Location / Directions:

The Museum is located at the intersection of Warwick Avenue and J. Clyde Morris Boulevard in Newport News, Virginia, between Williamsburg and Hampton/Virginia Beach. From I-64 in Hampton, Virginia, take exit 258A. Proceed 2.5 miles to the Museum entrance.

The Mariners’ Museum Library is housed in the Trible Library on the campus of Christopher Newport University, located within one mile of the Museum.

Address: The Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Visitor Phone: (757) 596-2222
Activities: The Museum offers an extensive array of special programs and changing exhibits. Visit the museum's website for a listing.

Birding and Wildlife Viewing Educational Programs Fishing Picnicking Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours:

Wednesday – Saturday: 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Sunday: Noon to 5 P.M.

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The Museum will be open on Mondays that coincide with federal holidays.


Adults, Youth Ages 13 to 17: $12.00
AAA/Seniors/Military/Students: $11.00
Children Ages 6 to 12: $7.00
Ages 5 and Under: Free
Museum Members receive Free Admission

Visitor Facilities: Museum, gift shop, snack bar, gardens, pond and nature trail
Accessibility: All facilities are accessible. Wheelchairs are available upon request.

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