Online Exhibitions

The Miniature Ships of August & Winnifred Crabtree

From a primitive raft to a Venetian galley decorated with 359 carved figures, the The Miniature Ships of Winnifred and August F. Crabtree depict the evolution of boatbuilding in an unparalleled display of craftsmanship.

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Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle highlights the work from photographers who have explored the phenomenon of American consumerism and its environmental impact.

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Message in a Bottle

Chesapeake Bay: An Estuary in Crisis

Almost seventeen million people live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, a number that increases by approximately 100,000 annually. As a result, the Bay is suffering. If everyone made a few simple changes in their lifestyle, we could make a huge difference for all who live here, from the fish, crabs, and oysters to the human population. The first step is education; the second step, action.

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Stationary Voyages: The Boat in Photograph

Stationary Voyages: The Boat in Photograph explores boats as objects of art, interpreted through contemporary photographs.

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Stationary Voyages: The Boat in Photograph

A Stamp on History

Maritime art and culture preserved on a very tiny canvas. Explore excerpts from The Mariners' Museum stamp collection.

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Maritime art and culture preserved on a very tiny canvas. Explore excerpts from the museum's extensive collection of stamps.

Exploration through the Ages

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

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 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...

The USS Monitor Center

The USS Monitor Center is an extraordinary exhibit made up of historical artifacts and interactive displays that let you experience the fear, the awe, and the excitement that surrounded this extraordinary time in our nation's history.

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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.

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 Raking in Shallow Water. Harper's Weekly, January 4, 1890

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.

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

Birth of the Navy

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

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 Birth of the Navy, E 178 E48

Women and the Sea

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

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

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.

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

 

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