Online Exhibitions

Exploration through the Ages

Retrace the steps of the great explorers from ancient Egypt to the North Pole and beyond...

Exploration has been a part of civilization for thousands of years. Retrace the steps of the great explorers from the far-off days of Ancient Egypt, to the 19th century expeditions of the harsh North and South Pole, and beyond...
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USS Monitor: History and Legacy

This Civil War ironclad was a technological marvel; explore her continuing story.

USS Monitor
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Chesapeake Bay: Our History and Our Future

From the Powhatan Indians to modern shipbuilding, explore the character of the nation's largest estuary.

Raking in Shallow Water. Harper's Weekly, January 4, 1890
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Captive Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade and the Making of the Americas

They arrived in chains, but their contributions have forged new links in the history of the Americas.

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Battle of the Atlantic: Allied Naval Intelligence in World War II

While German U-boats wrecked havoc on merchant shipping in the Atlantic, Allied intelligence worked diligently to break the enemy's communication codes.

Allied Tanker Burning off Norfolk, Virginia, US Navy photograph in the collection of The Mariners' Museum
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Birth of the Navy

Follow the US on its journey to becoming the world's leading naval power.

Birth of the Navy, E 178 E48
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Women and the Sea

She used to remain on shore, but today, she captains the ship.

The Heroic Action of Miss Ida Lewis, 1869, From Harper's Weekly,April 17, 1869, The Mariners' Museum Research Library and Archives
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Waters of Despair, Waters of Hope

African-Americans have played an important role in the history and economy of the Chesapeake Bay - from 1619 to today.

Shelling an Oyster Bed near Irvington, Virginia, circa 1950, A. Aubrey Bodine, photographer, The Mariners' Museum, P 5120 BOD
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