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Battle of Hampton Roads Commemoration Day

Saturday, March 11, 2023

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

In Person

Attend this Event

Saturday, March 11, 2023

10 a.m. – 3 p.m. • The Mariners’ Museum and Park

Free for Members • Included in $1 Admission

Join us as we partner with NOAA Monitor National Marine Sanctuary to commemorate 161 years of the historic ironclad battle between USS Monitor and CSS Virginia!

This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary, the first designation of its kind in the US.

Come hear about the epic clash of the ironclads and learn how the power of technology and innovation bring stories of the iconic USS Monitor and its artifacts to life through family-friendly interactive activities:

💣 Fun experiences:

  • Observe 3D printing of select Monitor artifacts, and touch the iconic replica pieces
  • Watch two short documentaries back-to-back in the Explorers Theater, showcasing the fascinating work with Monitor’s artifacts
  • Enjoy a virtual reality experience of Monitor‘s wreck site
  • Collect clues to a scavenger hunt for a prize*
    *while supplies last
  • And more!

💭 Meet the Mariners’ team and NOAA representatives in the USS Monitor Center:

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at USS Monitor Collection Storage
  • Observe the sounds and sights of a full-size replica of Monitor’s famous Worthington steam pump with Will Hoffman, director of conservation and chief conservator at The Mariners’
  • Watch a live chemistry experiment in the Conservation Clean Lab with our research scientist Molly McGrath, PhD

Attend a Lecture:

After USS Monitor

Presenter: John V. Quarstein,
director emeritus of the USS Monitor Center
IN PERSON • Explorers Theater
Time: 11 a.m.

Registration Required.
Space is Limited.

Image credit: USS Keokuk Plans, 1860s. Artist unknown. From Donald L. Canney: The Old Steam Navy. Volume two. The Ironclads 1842–1885.

Mariners’ Cafe is currently under renovation.
A food truck will be stationed at the front of the Museum.

Grab savory bites from El Coqui’s Empanada Workshop food truck!

Tasty snacks and treats and bottled water are also available for purchase in the Museum’s Gift Shop.
**Food and drinks are not allowed inside the Museum galleries.**

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