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The Mariners’ Strategic Partner Network

The Museum’s mission of connecting people to the world’s waters and to one another requires us to serve first, using the diverse talents of our team members and our space to improve the local, national, and worldwide community of The Mariners’. To that end, the Strategic Partner Network is comprised of key stakeholders who believe in the Museum’s mission, embrace our collections-based, community-focused strategy, and offer resources to support initiatives that improve our world.  

The Museum is grateful for the support of these partners:


  • NOAA Chesapeake Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program


  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • The Commonwealth of Virginia
  • City of Newport News

$25,000 – $99,999

  • Ferguson Enterprises
  • Newport News Shipbuilding
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Truist Bank
  • Virginia Outdoors Foundation
  • Virginia Institute of Marine Science

$10,000 – $24,999

  • Virginia Humanities
  • VuBay Foundation
  • Bank of America
  • Dominion Foundation
  • Sentara Cares

$5,000 – $9,999

  • Newport News Arts Commission
  • Langley Federal Credit Union
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Forestry
  • Virginia Natural Gas

$2,500 – $4,999

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
  • Canon Virginia
  • Virginia Pilot Association
  • York County Arts Commission

$1,000 – $2,499

  • Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation
  • M&M Mortgage Team
Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Lil' Mariners" Play Zone. A group of kids are sitting on benches while the Museum's team and strategic partners stand near.

Current Initiatives

Strategic partners are critical in executing large-scale projects at the Museum. They devote their time, talent, and financial resources to improving the community we call home. The list below provides a look at some of our most important initiatives. Should any of these opportunities resonate with you, please reach out to learn how you may play a role in enhancing our community and making people feel connected.    

Sponsorship and Brand Awareness

If your organization is looking for visibility, increased brand awareness, or if you wish to reward your clients or employees with an exclusive experience, the Museum may be the perfect vehicle to maximize your marketing dollars. With several large-scale annual events and unique branding opportunities, we are happy to discuss how we can help you achieve your outreach goals. View the list below to learn more about available opportunities.   

Contact Us

Whether you are interested in becoming a strategic partner, sponsoring an event, or simply want to see how you can help strengthen our impact in the community, we welcome the opportunity to speak with you.  

Sabrina Jones
Senior Director of Advancement
(757) 591-7708
[email protected]

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