USS Monitor Center

The USS Monitor Center is an extraordinary exhibit made up of historical artifacts and interactive displays that let you experience the fear, the awe, and the excitement that surrounded this extraordinary time in our nation's history.

The USS Monitor Conservation Wet Lab is temporarily closed. We will be re-opening in the near future.
The award-winning exhibit remains open.

Engine and Condenser Webcam
Engine Camera Temporarily Closed

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.

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Turret Webcam
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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. 

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Guns and Gun Carriages Webcams
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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. 

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We're in a race to conserve history! Follow along as artifacts are uncovered and more facts are learned about the Monitor and the men who served aboard!

From the heart breaking accounts of life aboard the ironclads to thrilling descriptions of the battles recounted by those who witnessed them you're sure to learn something new!

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