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Accessibility

Our Mission

The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters, because through the water, we are connected to one another.

Here at the Museum, we welcome everyone as we are all united as one global community through our shared maritime heritage. Everyone has a tie to the water, whether through career, culture, family, or leisure. The Mariners’ Museum and Park is here to tell your story. We are your museum.


Please watch your step as you enjoy the Museum. Floor levels may change as you move from one gallery to the next.

Food and drinks are not allowed in the Museum galleries.

To preserve the integrity of our collection, please do not use flash photography. No tripods or selfie sticks are permitted in the galleries.

You may be photographed while visiting the Museum. The Museum may use these images for promotional, educational, or archival purposes. If you would prefer that you not be photographed, please let the photographer know.

Monitor Center

The Mariners’ Museum and Park welcomes the use of all personal canes, wheelchairs, and motorized scooters. Manual wheelchairs and strollers are available near the Admissions Desk free of charge and are on a first-come basis.

To view the Monitor’s turret, please use the stairs leading up to the viewing platform, or watch the live webcams at the kiosk located beneath the stairs.

The Introductory film located at the entrance of the USS Monitor Center are open-captioned.

The movie “Ironclad Glory” in the USS Monitor Center BattleTheater is open-captioned and runs every 20 minutes. Please be advised that this presentation has unexpected loud sounds and flashing lights that may be disorienting for some visitors.

There is an elevator lift located inside the USS Monitor Center to allow access to the lower level of the exhibition. Please hold down button continuously until your journey is completed.

Dining

The Mariners’ Museum Cafe is wheelchair accessible. You can preview the menu under the “Visit” tab on the website at https://www.marinersmuseum.org/food-and-shopping/. The menu is based on season and availability.

Friendly Hours

Friendly Hours is an inclusive time where guests with mobility, cognitive, or physical challenges can experience the Museum in a less crowded environment with reduced sound and lighting. Join us for Friendly Hours on the second Sunday of each month. To register, please visit https://www.marinersmuseum.org/friendly-hours/.

FREE with $1 Museum admission.

Maritime Mondays

Every Monday at 10:30 AM

Designed for children 18 months to 8 years. FREE with $1 Museum admission.

Fun for both children and parents! Join us every Monday morning for engaging activities with your children as they learn how we are all connected to the world’s waters with story time and a craft. Please visit https://www.marinersmuseum.org/maritime-mondays/ to view the books that will be read each month.

Student Programs

The Mariners’ Museum offers a wide range of history and STEM-focused educational enrichment programs for K-12 students. We strive to be inclusive for all learners and will work to accommodate any specific request. For more information on our student programs please visit https://www.marinersmuseum.org/education-programs/.

For more information about summer programming, please visit https://www.marinersmuseum.org/summer-programs/.

Group Tours

At The Mariners’ Museum and Park, we are open to all. Each of our tours and packages can be catered based on your group’s needs. Please inquire for more information and details at https://www.marinersmuseum.org/groups/.

Access to the Noland Trail

The Mariners’ Museum Park features two trails that offer flat terrain. Loop Road Trail begins at the first parking lot taking visitors on a quarter-mile, wooded walk around the Peninsula Fine Arts Center to the start of the Noland Trail. Meadow Path offers a three-quarter mile walk through Harvey Field. A parking lot midway through this Path allows visitors to access the Path in either direction. Click here for more Park & trail information.

Parking

Accessible parking spaces are located in the parking lots closest to the entrance of the Museum, at the Business entrance, and across from the entrance to the Noland Trail.

Restrooms

Most restrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible and are located in the Main Lobby, in the USS Monitor Center, and near the Business entrance of the Museum.

Service Animals

All ADA certified service animals are most welcome at the Museum and its galleries. For the safety of our artifacts and guests, emotional support animals are not permitted in Museum galleries.