Mr and Mrs John S Dorst
Newport News VA



The Museum's collection contains approximately 32,000 two and three-dimensional objects and images documenting nearly 3,000 years of mankind's experiences on the seas and waterways of the world.

Search the Collection

Want to see the oldest toy boat in the world? Looking for an image of the ship your grandparents traveled on? Search over 30,000 records in the Museum's collection of maritime art and objects to find whatever you are looking for.

Photographic Services

See something you like? Click here to visit our online image collection and choose from more than 2,000 items or contact our Photographic Services department about additional services they can provide.

Collections Blog

Hidden in the hold blog pic

Visit our blog for a chance to get an inside look at what goes on behind the scenes in our storage areas and workrooms.


International Small Craft Center

This world class center holds unique and historic craft from around the world, from sail boats to Chris-Craft runabouts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Interested in donating an object to the collection? Curious about our policies regarding outgoing loans?