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Pay no attention to that turret behind the curtain…..or, door!

Today marks the beginning of the USS Monitor Center’s two-week turret survey! The largest tank in the Batten Conservation Complex is now drained and will stay that way until August 6th.

While the conservation staff is giving the turret some TLC, visitors are welcome to tour and explore all the facets the USS Monitor Center has to offer and to take a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Wet and Dry Labs.

The USS Monitor Foundation is offering tours with our Chief Development Officer, John V. Quarstein. These tours will last approximately 1 hour and will grant visitors access to spaces rarely seen by museum guests. John has the un-matched story telling ability to bring the USS Monitor Center’s renowned exhibit, Ironclad Revolution, to life and will be showing visitor’s artifacts still too fragile for display. This chance should not be passed by! For a donation of $100, this chance could be yours. Space is limited and tours must be booked in advance. For more details, or to schedule a tour, please call 757-591-7721 or email [email protected].

You can also view the conservators in action from the viewing platform in the USS Monitor Center, or from your own home, via webcam feeds found at

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