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.
This state-of-the-art facility provides visitors with a view of the delicate process of preserving history. The conservation facility offers visitors:
View the USS Monitor‘s vibrating side-lever steam engine. The engine is a composite artifact, meaning that it is composed of many different material types including wrought iron, cast iron, copper and copper alloys, rubber, and glass.
Catch a glimpse of the USS Monitor‘s revolving gun turret. The 120-ton wrought iron turret is visible whether the tank is filled with 90,000 gallons of treatment solution or if conservators are inside the turret performing treatment activities.
This webcam shows the USS Monitor‘s two XI-inch Dahlgren shell guns and their gun carriages. Conservators have been busy disassembling the 3,200-pound gun carriages, which have been rotated into their original upright positions.
Our Conservation staff blog regularly, offering exclusive photos and details about Monitor artifacts, treatments, and fun projects happening inside the Batten Conservation Lab in the USS Monitor Center.
In commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (1861 to 1865), we are bringing together, within six degrees of separation, all of the various personalities and events of this period in one blog.
The USS Monitor Center is a definitive national repository, bringing together hundreds of artifacts from the Monitor and a voluminous collection of archives, all being made available for research and study to the public. As a resource, the USS Monitor Center offers: