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“Sea History Come To Life” at America’s National Maritime Museum!


 

Bring your group, your imagination & your love of adventure! At one of the largest maritime museums in the country, you will discover fascinating stories captured in the priceless artifacts of the open sea.

Conveniently located three miles off I-64 and only 20 minutes from the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, The Mariners’ Museum is close to many restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. And with a 550-acre park and 5-mile hiking trail, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is a true urban oasis in the heart of Newport News.

Our goal is to engage visitors with the world’s waterways, and help them find their connection to the sea. Inside, guests can explore small craft from around the world. Discover the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. View maritime art, handcrafted ship models and rare figureheads. Experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater. And so much more.

Groups can expect a first-class experience with knowledgeable docents who are passionate about the Museum’s stories. Plan to spend 1-2 hours traveling through the galleries and learning its secrets. Or, experience the Museum on your own with a self-guided tour. Read the panels, watch the films, and go on a voyage of discovery! Scavenger hunts available at the front desk are a fun, free way to explore on your own while learning new facts about our maritime past, present and future.

Customized, engaging experiences await groups at every turn. Student groups can get hands-on with history and science with a wide array of educational programs catered to state and national Standards of Learnings. Enhance your group experience with special opportunities such as behind-the-scenes tours and programs, after-hours tours, meal packages, Civil War Trail combo tours and more. Call us today so that we can create a package designed specifically for your group’s needs and interests.

Only 10 visitors qualifies groups for a discounted rate. Whether you spend the day with us, or just have an hour, your groups will enjoy the Museum and its rich and varied sea stories, and will make memories to last a lifetime.

We look forward to your group visit!

Location

100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606. Located off Exit 258-A on I-64. Raining in Williamsburg? Located just 20 minutes away, we can accommodate last-minute reservations!

Parking
We offer FREE parking and a convenient on-site motorcoach/bus drop-off and pick-up area.

Museum Hours
Monday-Saturday, 9 AM · 5 PM Sunday, 11 AM- 5PM. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open daily, 9 AM · 5 PM. We are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Cafe and Shopping
Click here for dining options for groups! Find nautical treasures at Unclaimed Cargo, the museum’s gift shop!

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Group Tour Highlights

Are you a tour and travel professional planning your group visit to Coastal Virginia? Or, part of a military organization, church, retirement community, or other independent organization looking for an outing for your group? Find out why The Mariners’ Museum should be at the top of your itinerary.


Designated by Congress as “America’s National Maritime Museum”

At one of the largest maritime museums in the country, you will discover fascinating stories captured in the priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Explore small craft from around the world, view maritime art, handcrafted ship models and rare figureheads, and experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater!


Convenient Location

Newport News is located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, making it easy to hub and spoke. We are 20 minutes to Williamsburg, 30 minutes to Norfolk and 45 minutes to Virginia Beach. From here, go anywhere!

Close Proximity to ABA 2016 Top 100 Events:

  • The Virginia International Tattoo- April 20-24, 2016
  • Harborfest & Patriotic Festival- June 3-5, 2016
  • NAS Oceana Air Show- Sept. 10-11, 2016
  • Christmas in Williamsburg- Nov. 25-Dec. 31, 2016
  • Colonial Williamsburg Grand Illumination- Dec. 4, 2016
  • Christmas Illuminations at Mount Vernon- Dec. 16-17, 2016

USS Monitor Center: A Must-See for Civil War History Buffs

On March 8-9, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Hampton Roads paved the way for a new era in naval warfare. At the heart of the USS Monitor Center is the exhibition – Ironclad Revolution – a melding of artifacts, original documents, paintings, personal accounts, interactives and environments that will pique all five senses. The strategies, people, technology, and science behind the historic circumstances surrounding this story will be displayed in a way the public has never before seen.

During your visit:

  • Build your own virtual ironclad
  • Walk down a mock dock and enter the CSS Virginia as she is being built for battle
  • Step inside the Battle Theater and experience the action during the Battle of Hampton Roads
  • Participate in the raising of the turret by NOAA and Navy crews in the Recovery Theater
  • Visit the living quarters of the sailors, or walk on the deck of a full-scale reproduction of the USS Monitor
  • See replicas of the famous turret as it was built, as it was brought up from the ocean floor, and then see the REAL turret

More Guest Favorites

Defending the Seas: Explore the world’s military naval history, from the War of 1812 through World War II!

The International Small Craft Center: This fantastic center hosts more than 50 small craft from 150 countries!

The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree: This extraordinary exhibition showcasing the evolution of boatbuilding is one of the crown jewels of The Mariners’ Museum’s collection.

Plan Your Visit

Docent-Led and Self-Guided Tours

Spend one to two hours learning about the history of the Museum and allow our specialized docent share their favorite secrets. Or, read the panels, watch the films, and go on a voyage of discovery on your own! Scavenger Hunts are a fun ways for families to explore the Museum on their own while learning new facts about our maritime past. They are available at the front desk and are free with Museum admission.

Pricing:

  • Adults: $10.00
  • Students: $7.00
  • Chaperones: free*
  • Additional adults: $10.00
  • Bus drivers & tour guides: free

*We require one chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $10.00/person.

Average Tour Length:

1 hour Museum highlight tours are available with a docent.
At least 11/2 – 2 hours are recommended to see everything.


After Hours Tours

Experience the Museum in a whole new light…the dark! Groups have the Museum to themselves in this private tour after regular business hours. Explore on your own or with a docent.

Pricing:

  • Adults: $15.00
  • Students: $15.00
  • Chaperones: free*
  • Additional adults: $15.00
  • Bus drivers & tour guides: free

*We require one chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $15.00/person.

Tours available Monday – Sunday, 5-9 PM 2 hour maximum.


Education Programs

Students can have a more in-depth experience by scheduling an education program incorporating classroom or gallery instruction using original and reproduction artifacts, and allowing students to participate actively in the program. A docent-led tour designed to provide students with an overview of over 3,000 years of maritime history is included with most educational programs. Students have an opportunity to touch, listen, read, and discuss during their program and tour. Many of our classes can also be presented as outreach programs at your school. Visit our Education page for more information.

Pricing:

  • Students: $9.00
  • Chaperones: free*
  • Additional adults: $9.00

*We require one chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $9.00/person.

For Students

The Mariners’ Museum makes an excellent outing for student groups. Browse this page to learn about our in house and video conferencing education programs, and visit the Plan Your Visit and Private Group Experiences pages for other fantastic options for student groups!


In-House Education Programs

Students can have a more in-depth experience by scheduling an education program incorporating classroom or gallery instruction using original and reproduction artifacts, and allowing students to participate actively in the program. A docent-led tour designed to provide students with an overview of over 3,000 years of maritime history is included with most educational programs. Students have an opportunity to touch, listen, read, and discuss during their program and tour. Many of our classes can also be presented as outreach programs at your school. Visit our Education page for more information.

Pricing:

  • Students: $9.00
  • Chaperones: free*
  • Additional adults: $9.00

*We require one chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $9.00/person.


Interactive Video Conferencing

The Mariners’ Museum offers education programs to students across the nation and the world. Through Interactive Video Conferencing, we can present programs to your students no matter where you are located. No need to arrange for buses or collect permission slips. All programs are interactive, with students participating in activities with the Museum educator, all in real time. And all you need is video conferencing equipment or software, or a computer with an internet connection. Visit our Distance Learning page for more information.

Pricing

All programs are $125* per session with a maximum of 30 students per session unless otherwise stated. Additional charges may apply for larger groups.

*We offer 10% off IVC programs when you book a tour or program for before or after


Performance Venue

The Mariners’ Museum offers a multiple indoor and outdoor performance venues. Available to groups visiting the Museum at no additional cost. Electricity available at no additional fee.

Download our Performance Venue Information Sheet to find out more.

Private Group Experiences

Meal Packages

Tour the Museum & enjoy lunch or dinner in a private space with your group in this package. Add costumed interpreters and your group can dine with Blackbeard’s Crew, passengers from the Titanic or even Civil War sailors for an immersive dining experience. Or, add an education program or 3D film of your choice!

Contact us for details.


Explorers Theater

This permanent, high-definition theater allows visitors to transcend the museum experience into the world of undersea exploration. These entertaining and educational short films introduce the maritime world to visitors with breathtaking views and informative story lines. Your group can choose one of the films currently showing, or ask us about other film licenses we have for special showings. Groups can rent out the theater for a private showing, or join the general public with the scheduled showtimes

See films and showtimes

Groups With Museum Admission:

  • No Minimum
  • 20 Ticket Minimum for special showings
  • 49 ticket Minimum for private screening
  • $6/person

Groups Without Museum Admission:

  • 10 Ticket Minimum
  • 20 Ticket Minimum for special showings
  • 49 ticket Minimum for private screening
  • $8/person

Capacity: 49 seats | Handicap accessible


Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the USS Monitor Center Conservation Complex

Schedule a customized behind-the-scenes group tour of the USS Monitor Conservation lab, the Museum’s leading scientific and cultural experience. The Batten Conservation Complex is the world’s largest marine metal conservatory, housing more than 200 tons of artifacts including the USS Monitor’s turret and cannons!

Download our Monitor Center Lab Tour Rules and Conditions.

Also, each participant in the tour must read, fill out, and sign the Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability form before the tour.

Pricing: $25/person plus museum admission


USS Monitor Unveiled

Experience the USS Monitor through a special presentation given by conservation experts in the USS Monitor Center. Hear personal stories and historical accounts from the Monitor’s crew. Examine rarely-seen artifacts from the Monitor, hold the coal used to fuel the Monitor, and see exciting projects that the Monitor conservation staff is currently working on.

Pricing: $15/person plus museum admission


Civil War Site Tours

Combine your tour of The Mariners’ Museum with other Civil War sites in the region, led by noted historian and author, John V. Quarstein.

Download the Civil War Site Tours Sheet for more details.

Pricing:
Admission varies by attractions selected
Step-on Guide Services: $150/hour

Dining Options

The Museum welcomes Charlotte’s Cafe as the new cafe proprietor! Charlotte’s offers made-from-scratch sandwiches, soups, and salads that are sure to delight your taste buds. Please let us know if you’ll be dining in the cafe when you book your group tour. You can pre-order lunch from the menu below, or choose from one of our boxed lunch options. Groups can also enjoy a private catered meal and tour with our Buffet Meal Packages. Download the Buffet Meal Information here.

Charlotte’s Cafe is Open Daily!

Monday – Saturday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 3 PM

Charlotte’s Cafe Menu

May Change Seasonally

Sandwiches

(all sammies come with a side)

Smoked Turkey on Wheat
Cranberry Mustard, Swiss Cheese, Lettuce, Herb Mayo
$7

Roasted Pork on Baguette
House Pickles, Cilantro Jalapeno Slaw, Sweet and Spicy Mayo
$7.5

Roast Beef Sammie
Cheddar, Horsey Mayo, Red Onion
$8

Italian Sub
House Pickles, Banana Peppers. Provolone
$8

Veggie Melt
Roasted Veggies, Cheese Spread
$6.5


Soup

Sweet Potato Bisque
$4 cup/ $5.7 Bowl

White Bean and Kale
$4.5 Cup /$6.25 Bowl

Salad

House Salad
Cucumber, Tomato, Carrots
(ranch or house vin)
$4.5

Baby Kale Salad
Cranberries, Walnuts, Feta, Pickled Sweet Potato
(Citrus Vin)
$6


Sides

Pasta Salad
$1.5
Broccoli Salad
$1.5
Potato Chips

$.85


Pick Two

Half a sandwich, Half a Salad, or a Cup of Soup


Drinks

Sweet Tea
$1.7
Lemonade
$1.7
Bottled Beverages
$1.7

Classic Boxed Lunch

Perfect for Student Groups!

School Box Lunch Options

$6.95 per Person

Turkey and Cheese on white
Ham and Cheese on white
PB&J on white


Sides

Pick 1

Potato Chips (Regular or BBQ)
Potato Salad
Pasta Salad

Fruit

Pick 1

Oranges
Apples
Bananas


Drinks

Bottled Water


Smoke BBQ Boxed Lunch

Try Something Different!

Choice of:

Pulled Pork Sandwich
$6.00

Pulled Chicken Sandwich
$6.00

Shredded Brisket Sandwich
$6.50

All meals include the following:

Homemade Chips

Small Cole Slaw

Bottled water, Coke, or Diet Coke.

Prices do not include tax or tip.


 

Contact Us

Tourism and Group Sales

For more information or to book a group tour, please contact:

Kelsey McLain
Group Tour and Communications Coordinator
Phone: (757) 591-7754
groups@MarinersMuseum.org

To book an education program, please contact:

Jane Jones
Reservations Coordinator
Phone: (757) 591-7745
reservations@MarinersMuseum.org

Mailing Address:

The Mariners’ Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday and on select holidays


We are a proud Member of the following associations:

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Student and Youth Travel Association Logo

VMA logo

Penninsula Bus Association logo

Maryland Motorcoach Association logo