Treasures of NOAA’s Ark

Exhibition Opens Friday, March 3, 2017

Closes Sunday, December 31, 2017

A traveling exhibition, Treasures of NOAA’s Ark will explore the history of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has impacted people across the nation and world. As the organization has evolved and grown over the years, NOAA has become an international leader on scientific and environmental issues.

The roots of NOAA date back to 1807 during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency when the country’s first scientific agency was established (originally called the Survey of the Coast) to map the nation’s coastline and produce nautical charts to keep mariners safe. Since its inception, the organization has been dedicated to coastal navigation and surveying, studying, and analyzing fisheries, maritime heritage, weather, environmental science, and hurricanes. Today, NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

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In the spirit of sharing this knowledge and information, Treasures of NOAA’s Ark will feature artifacts like 18th-century maps and early scientific instruments. The exhibition will highlight NOAA’s legacy of science, service, and stewardship and will explore how we are all connected to the environment.

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Member Preview

We cordially invite you and your fellow Members for an exclusive Members-only first look of…

Treasures of NOAA’s Ark

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Main Lobby
6:00 to 8:00 PM

We hope you’ll join us for this Member Preview which will feature a light hors d’oeuvres and a close look at our newest exhibition with honored guest David Alberg, Sanctuary Superintendent for NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, and The Mariners’ Museum’s curatorial staff. The evening will kick-off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 PM when the exhibition will be opened followed by tours of the USS Monitor Center and hands-on activities for the whole family!

Please respond by Friday, February 24 below or by contacting Member Services at (757) 591-7715.

RSVP Online Here