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Support The Mariners’!

All gifts are 100% tax-deductible.

Your support as a donor provides the financial foundation for The Mariners’ Museum and Park. We encourage you to review the areas below and to give to the work you are most passionate about! You may also make an unrestricted gift, which will be designated to where we need the most support.

Grandfather and grandson looking at USS Monitor's anchor.

Give an Unrestricted Gift

Your unrestricted gift allows The Mariners’ to place funds where we need them the most. Unrestricted giving allows us to support our community’s most urgent need, whether funding Educational Enrichment Programs or supporting essential conservation efforts. Donors of unrestricted gifts will be notified of how the Museum will utilize your investment and its impact on our work.

You may also direct your gift to support

Docent giving students a tour in the International Small Craft Center.


Help us build the future generation!

The Mariners’ Educational Enrichment Programs (EEPs) are rooted in building students’ emotional, social, and intellectual connections to improve learning outcomes and connect them to our shared maritime heritage. Whether they are visiting the Museum, having a Museum educator come to the classroom, or enjoying a virtual program, students benefit from our engaging experiences that bring history, science, and language arts to life!

Pretty autumn views on the Noland Trail.

The Mariners’ Park and Noland Trail

Preserve today, inspire forever!

Join us today as we work to preserve The Mariners’ Park and Noland Trail to ensure our 550-acres of natural resources are accessible to the community for years to come. With your help, we can provide the necessary care to our beloved Park and Noland Trail so that this remarkable urban oasis continues to be a free public resource for the thousands of visitors that enjoy nature here each year.

Paper Conservator Emilie Duncan examining a book through a microscope.

Cultural Heritage Conservation

Celebrate our shared history and invest in its future!

At The Mariners’, conservators examine, document, treat and preserve important objects that tell the stories of our shared cultural heritage. Ensuring the health and stability of our one-of-a-kind objects is absolutely essential to fulfilling our mission and preserving our maritime heritage for future generations.

Conservators wrapping a belt around USS Monitor's Dahlgren gun to lift it out of its tank.

USS Monitor Conservation

Be a part of history!

The Mariners’ is the proud caretaker of 200 tons of artifacts recovered from the wreck of USS Monitor, including her gun turret, Dahlgren guns, steam engine, and more. The Batten Conservation Complex houses our conservation team and the Monitor project, the world’s largest marine metals conservation project. Support the conservation of the 160 year old ironclad!

Museum educator Jennifer Hackney showing a guest a cool point on a world atlas.

Library and Archives

Bring history to life!

The Mariners’ Library and Archives is home to more than two million items, including books, manuscripts, maps and charts, newspapers, photographs, and archives, making it the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere. The Library team supports a range of research requests from across the globe. Help us provide access to and preserve these crucial resources!

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