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Friends of the Library

The Mariners’ Museum Library holds the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere.  With its rich collections and international scope, the Library is a premier resource for maritime research. 

The Library collections consists of over 1,750,000 items including books, magazines, rare books, manuscripts, maps and charts, vessel plans, newspaper articles, photographs, Chris-Craft archives, and The Mariners’ Museum’s archives. The Herbert H. Bateman Maritime Research Center, located within the Library, provides access to the Library’s online catalog, reference materials in the Reading Room and contains the main book, periodical, and photograph collections.

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Become a Friend of the Library

Your gift will help us:

  • Conserve, enhance and promote access to an extraordinary collection of print and manuscript materials dating from the 15th century
  • Research new audiences and increase audience use and satisfaction of Library services
  • Pursue the highest quality of scholarship
  • Attract and retain a knowledgeable & dedicated staff

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Friends of the Park

Created in 1930 by Museum founder Archer Huntington, The Mariners’ Museum Park is the largest privately maintained park open to the public for free in America. Highlights include Lake Maury, named for Virginia’s own Matthew Fontaine Maury, the famed 19th century oceanographer. In 1990, Lloyd U. Noland, Jr., approached the Museum with the offer to finance the creation of a walking trail in the Park.

Since the Trail’s dedication in 1991, the Noland Family has provided significant support for its maintenance and repair. The five-mile Trail, a popular walking and running destination, features fourteen wooden footbridges. The famed Lion’s Bridge is another stunning Park landmark, noted for its four lion statues created by the Museum founder’s wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington.

With significant ongoing financial support from the Noland Family, the Noland Trail provides walkers and runners alike with a five-mile path through this urban oasis. Join our partners, the Noland Family, in supporting this natural gift to the community by becoming a Friend of the Park. Support your favorite Park today!

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Become a Friend of the Park

Your gift will help us:

  • Preserve the Park & Trail
  • Provide year-round maintenance to cultivate the native flora
  • Ensure that benches, mile markers and handicap access are available and maintained for park patrons

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