At The Mariners’ Museum and Park, we are wholeheartedly dedicated to maritime and seafaring exploration and discovery, and it is our mission to connect each visitor with the world’s waters because that is how we are connected to one another. The stories we tell through our world class collections are your stories and your history.
Across our nation and the world, we see daily reminders of the forces at work pulling communities apart. During these times, we believe our Museum has an incredibly powerful narrative to tell about community and what binds us together. The people of this community literally built our campus and many of the stories that we tell – from the USS Monitor to the steam ships in the Great Hall – are this region’s stories. We are offering $1 admissions in August, because through our water – through our maritime heritage – we are one city, one region, one nation, and one world.
During the month of August, there will be engaging, immersive experiences for visitors in the galleries. Volunteers and staff members will be located throughout the Museum to tell stories and share unique information about artifacts. Guests will be encouraged to leave feedback about their overall experience through an exit survey.
Every Monday, Friday, and Saturday, visitors can meet at the Chesapeake Bay Lens in the Museum’s Lobby at 10 AM and 2 PM to hear inspiring Naval history events that took place on the respective day. Each story will be told by author and historian John V. Quarstein and will include a 30-minute talk followed by a quick tour of a gallery or particular artifact that is related to the historic event. Weekdays from 2 to 3 PM, chat with our “Conservator on Deck” at the viewing platform in the Batten Conservation Complex. This is your chance to ask the experts any questions you have about the history, archaeology, or conservation of the USS Monitor!
Check out this video from our Monitor partners at NOAA!