2018 Year End Campaign
2018 Year End Campaign
We are thankful for the important role that our community of supporters played in the Museum’s unprecedented accomplishments in 2018! This has been a historic year for The Mariners’ Museum and Park and we have many great plans for 2019. We invite you to consider a year-end gift to the Museum in whatever amount you can give at this exciting time.
We have made a historic decision to reduce our admission fee to $1 for all time. Offering $1 Admission during the past three summers has yielded incredible results:
- 233% increase in summer visitation since the summer of 2015 (the last summer without $1 Admission).
- One-third of our guests are now children, and diversity in all of its forms has increased.
The stories, though, are even more compelling. This past summer, we welcomed a group of teens from a program that serves youth living in low-income housing. After their visit, the program manager shared with me that the $1 Admission gave these teens, who do not ordinarily get to visit museums, the chance to see our galleries and learn new skills. In her words, “The more we expose children to these types of opportunities, the more their sense of pride in where they come from and their confidence increase. This week, your institution helped us make a difference!”
The $1 Admission decision reflects the “serve first” mindset we have adopted as a team. An extension of that mindset is the pride we take in serving our local, national, and global communities as stewards of our world-class collection and the shared maritime heritage it represents. This responsibility inspires the Collections-Based tenet in our strategy, and our 2018 efforts were remarkable:
- Re-establishing partial access to the Museum’s library and archival collection on the Museum’s campus. In less than a year, we funded the entire $900K project and restored access to 90% of our library and archival materials, allowing the staff to facilitate over 3,000 research requests.
- Establishing our first comprehensive Conservation Department including new hires in paper conservation, object conservation, archaeological conservation, and analytical chemistry.
- Increasing digital access to over 200,000 items from our Museum collection to allow researchers, from all over the world, to find artifacts from The Mariners’ Museum through online search results.
Access to and caring for the collection means very little if we are not actively promoting community engagement with the collection and the amazing stories it tells. The Audience-Focused tenet of our strategy reminds us that staying relevant is OUR responsibility. Our 2018 efforts were unparalleled:
- We served nearly 14,500 students through on-site and virtual programs during the 2017-2018 school year, up dramatically from just over 9,500 students just three years ago.
- Our Ages of Exploration website continues to expand its reach to students and teachers throughout the world. Last school year, only five countries in the world did not have someone visit our site!
Again, the stories are even more compelling than the data. Recognizing that many in our community do not readily identify as “Mariners” and even fewer people use the word “Mariner,” we installed a wall in our galleries where visitors can post a notecard with their maritime story. One woman, remembering the rowboat her late father gave her when she was ten years old, wrote, “Thank you, Dad – because of you, I am a Mariner for life!”
Now, more than ever before, we view ourselves as a community resource in service of everyone – no matter age, socioeconomic status, gender, race or ethnicity – not only in our region, but around the world. The results you see here, and our plans to build on them in 2019, would not be possible without your support, and in many instances, your work and expertise. THANK YOU for partnering with us!
Howard H. Hoege III
President and Chief Executive Officer
The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters, because through the waters—through our shared maritime heritage—we are connected to one another.