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“Sea History Come To Life” at America’s National Maritime Museum!


 

Bring your group, your imagination & your love of adventure! At one of the largest maritime museums in the country, you will discover fascinating stories captured in the priceless artifacts of the open sea.

Conveniently located off I-64, 20 minutes from the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, and 45 minutes from Downtown Norfolk, The Mariners’ Museum is close to many restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. And with a 550-acre park and 5-mile hiking trail, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is a true urban oasis in the heart of Newport News.

Our goal is to engage visitors with the world’s waterways, and help them find their connection to the sea. Inside, guests can explore small craft from around the world. Discover the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. View maritime art, handcrafted ship models and rare figureheads. Experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater. And so much more.

Groups can expect a first-class experience with our staff who are passionate about the Museum’s stories. We have a wide variety of customized, engaging experiences that await groups at every turn. Enhance your groups experience with special opportunities such as themed tours, behind the scenes experiences, boxed lunches, and customized packages.

Only five visitors is the minimum needed to book a group experience. Whether you spend the day with us, or just have an hour, your group will enjoy the Museum and its rich and varied sea stories and will make memories to last a lifetime.

The Mariners’ Museum provides engaging student programs designed to enhance and supplement classroom instruction. Click here to read more.

We look forward to your group visit!


Accessibility

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.

Location

100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606. Located off Exit 258-A on I-64.

Parking
We offer FREE parking and a convenient on-site motorcoach/bus drop-off and pick-up area.

Museum Hours
Read Museum hours here

Cafe and Shopping
Click here for dining options for groups! Find nautical treasures at Unclaimed Cargo, the museum’s gift shop!

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Plan Your Visit

Are you a tour and travel professional planning your group visit to Coastal Virginia? Or, part of a military organization, church, retirement community, or other independent organization looking for an outing for your group? Find out why The Mariners’ Museum should be at the top of your itinerary.


Designated by Congress as “America’s National Maritime Museum”

At one of the largest maritime museums in the country, you will discover fascinating stories captured in the priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Explore small craft from around the world, view maritime art, handcrafted ship models and rare figureheads, and experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater!


Convenient Location

Newport News is located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, 20 minutes from Williamsburg, 45 minutes from Norfolk, and one hour from Virginia Beach. From here, go anywhere!

Experiences

Docent-guided Tour

$50 per every 20 guests

The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters because that’s how we’re connected to one another. Explore your maritime connections with a docent-guided tour, tailored to your group’s interest.

Choose one of the following themes:

  • Museum Highlights
  • American Civil War
  • African Americans’ Presence in the Maritime World
  • Women’s Roles in Maritime History

We recommend two to three hours per tour; minimum one hour.


Add-on options for Your Group:

Handling History

Plus $100*

Only two percent of the Museum’s vast collection of more than 35,000 artifacts is on display. This special presentation by Collections Management staff allows you to see and learn about artifacts of particular interest to your group that are not currently on display.

Allow one hour.

USS Monitor Unveiled

Plus $100*

Learn about the current projects the Monitor Center’s Conversation staff is working on. Get to know what life was like for Monitor‘s crew through their personal stories and historical accounts. See rarely-seen artifacts from the Civil War ironclad. Lecture style program.

Allow one hour.

USS Monitor Center Lab Tour

In the Batten Conservation Complex

Plus $200*

See conservation in action as you tour the Batten Conservation Complex (BCC) and its laboratories. The BCC houses 210 tons of artifacts from USS Monitor, including cannons and the iconic turret. Tour is led by members of our Conservation staff.

Allow one hour. Tours subject to availability. For guests ages ten and over. Maximum of 15 guests allowed per lab tour group; larger groups may be divided and tours run concurrently.

Boxed Lunch

Prices vary; several menus available

Order boxed lunches suited for adults or students. Enjoy your lunch in a Museum banquet space. In a hurry? Order them to go!

Allow one hour.

Explorers Theater 3D Movie

Plus $6 per person, per movie*

Experience thrilling 3D films and other feature films covering a wide range of maritime topics in our high- definition theater. Private showings for larger groups are available.

Theater capacity: 49 guests
Average film run-time: 40 minutes

* Subject to availability

Packages

All packages will be scheduled to accommodate your group’s timeline.
Please contact us for a quote based on the number of people in your group.

Mariners’ Museum Highlights

Want to see it all? Begin your group’s visit with a tour, led by one of our knowledgeable docents. You’ll get a look at our “Must See” highlights. Then, enjoy lunch in a Museum banquet space. Before your group departs, experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater. Films cover a wide range of maritime topics; each film’s run-time averages 40 minutes.

Waters of Despair and Hope

On this special tour, your group will discover the influences and impacts made by Africans and African Americans across centuries of maritime history. Following your guided gallery tour, enjoy a lecture presented by our Interpretation Department as you interact with artifacts selected from our Collection. End your visit with a themed meal inspired by soul food.

Battle of the Ironclads

Home of the USS Monitor Center, The Mariners’ Museum invites your group to explore artifacts, interactive displays, and dramatic films that tell the story of the March 8-9, 1862 Battle of the Ironclads. Start your day with a guided tour focusing on the American Civil War.

Next, your group may choose one of the following options:

• See conservation in action as you tour the Batten Conservation Complex which houses USS Monitor‘s gun turret and cannons.

or

• Enjoy a lecture by a member of our Conservation staff who will share stories from members of Monitor‘s crew.

End your visit with a meal inspired by dishes from the Civil War era.

Shady Ladies of the Seven Seas

Explore the Shady Ladies of the Seven Seas, this maritime adventure begins with a guided tour focusing on women’s roles in maritime history. Enjoy afternoon tea in a Museum banquet space, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at artifacts chosen by our Collections staff to be of special interest to your group.

After Hours

Experience the Museum in a whole new light…the dark! Your group will have the Museum to itself in this private tour, after regular business hours. Explore the Museum with a docent-led tour. Enjoy a delectable dinner from one of our local restaurant partners, with a menu inspired by your choice from our four themed options. Be entertained by a themed costumed interpreter during dinner. Before you depart, your group will have free time to explore the galleries or participate in a scavenger hunt!

Reenlistment

Military Reenlistment Ceremonies

$50

Hold your reenlistment ceremony in a Museum space of your choice. Popular locations include the Main Lobby, site of the Lancaster Eagle, and the full-size replica of USS Monitor. Your guests are invited to exploring the Museum at their leisure, before or after your ceremony.

Dining Options

The Museum works closely with approved caterers to offer the best dining experience for groups. Currently, the Museum is partnering with a variety of caterers to provide box lunches for your group experience. Contact your Group Tour Coordinator today to plan your lunch and visit!


Mariners’ Park Café Box Lunch

MARINERS’ PARK CAFÉ

BOX LUNCHES
$10 each (includes tax and tip)

Choice of:

Homemade Carolina BBQ Sandwich
With Slaw & Bag of Potato Chips

Chicken Salad Sandwich on Wheat Bread
With Bag of Potato Chips

Chili served with Dinner Salad
(Vegetarian chili available on request)

Veggie Wrap
Roasted Eggplant & Peppers, Spinach, Sundried Tomatoes and Hummus on Flour Tortilla

SW Chicken Salad
Grilled Chicken, Corn, Black Beans, Pico & Cheddar with SW Ranch

Served with:
Pickle Spear, Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Cookie & Bottled Water

Download this menu here.


Divine Lunches Box Lunch

DIVINE LUNCHES

BOX LUNCHES
$12 each

Includes:
Meal (Sandwich or Salad)
Choice of Side Dish
Choice of Dessert
Bottled Water

Sandwich Options:
Chicken Salad with lettuce on Country White Bread
Smoked Turkey with Colby-Jack, lettuce and tomato on Country White Bread
Honey Baked Ham with Cheddar, lettuce and tomato on Country White Bread

Salad Options:
Salad Divine – Baby greens, cucumber, carrots, peppers, and tomato. Served with Deviled Eggs and choice of housemade Ranch or Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
Watermelon Salad – Arugula, watermelon, red onion, feta cheese, and toasted almonds. Served with housemade Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Side Dishes:
Pasta Salad or Cole Slaw

Dessert:
Chocolate Chip Cookie or Brownie

Download this menu here.

DIVINE LUNCHES

BOX LUNCHES
$12 each

Includes:
Meal (Sandwich or Salad)
Choice of Side Dish
Choice of Dessert
Bottled Water

Sandwich Options:
Chicken Salad with lettuce on Country White Bread
Smoked Turkey with Colby-Jack, lettuce and tomato on Country White Bread
Honey Baked Ham with Cheddar, lettuce and tomato on Country White Bread

Salad Options:
Salad Divine – Baby greens, cucumber, carrots, peppers, and tomato. Served with Deviled Eggs and choice of housemade Ranch or Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing.
Autumn Salad – Baby spinach, red onion, Bartlett pears, blue cheese, and candied, curried walnuts. Served with housemade Maple-Cider Vinaigrette.

Side Dishes:
Pasta Salad or Cole Slaw

Dessert:
Chocolate Chip Cookie or Brownie

Download this menu here.

Mariners’ Park Café Box & Bag Lunch

MARINERS’ PARK CAFÉ

BOX LUNCHES
$10 each (includes tax and tip)

Middle & High School Box Lunch

Choice of:

1/3 Pound All Beef Hot Dog

Slice of Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza

Grilled Chicken BLT Wrap

Includes:
Pickle Spear, Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookie, & Bottled Water

Download this menu here.

MARINERS’ PARK CAFÉ

BOX LUNCHES
$6 each (includes tax and tip)

Elementary Bag Lunch

Grilled Cheese
(PB&J available as dietary sub)
Pudding Cup
Bag of Potato Chips
Capri Sun Fruit Juice

Download this menu here.


Divine Lunches Box Lunch

DIVINE LUNCHES

BOX LUNCHES
$9 each

Kid’s Lunches (9 and under)

Includes:
Sandwich
Potato Chips
Baby Carrots
Chocolate Chip Cookie
Bottled Water

Sandwich Options:
Peanut Butter and Strawberry Jelly on Country White Bread
Smoked Turkey with Colby-Jack cheese on Country White Bread

Download this menu here.

 


Contact Us

Tourism and Group Sales

For more information or to book a group tour, please contact:

To book an education program,
please click here.

Bree Kitchens
Group Sale Coordinator
Phone: (757) 591-7731
groups@MarinersMuseum.org

Mailing Address:

The Mariners’ Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606

Office Hours:

Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday and on select holidays


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