Designated by Congress as
“America’s National Maritime Museum”
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? Discover why The Mariners’ Museum should be at the top of your itinerary.
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 film in the Explorers Theater!
Can’t make it for
an in-person tour?
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!
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
$50 per every 20 guests
We recommend one to two hours per tour; minimum one hour.
Packages require a minimum of 25 guests.
Includes themed tour, meal and add on program.
- Last Night On The Titanic
- Battle of the Ironclads
- White Sails Over Blue Waters
- From the Heart of the Water: African Presence in the Maritime World
- Shady Ladies of the Seven Seas
Please contact the Group Experience Coordinator for more information.
Add-on options for your group:
Beyond the Galleries
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.
Customize a lecture on a variety of maritime topics presented by our staff and experienced volunteers. From examining the history of the USS Monitor, learning about fascinating tales such as Team USA’s thrilling victory in the 2013 America’s Cup race, to discovering rare objects in the Museum’s collection, we cover a wide range of interests to better tailor your experience.
Allow one hour.
USS Monitor Unveiled
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
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 10 and over. Maximum of 15 guests allowed per lab tour group; larger groups may be divided and tours run concurrently.
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. Prices vary; several menus are available
Explorers Theater Movie
Plus $6 per person, per movie*
Experience thrilling 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
Beyond the Frame
Based on our exciting new video series and blog Beyond the Frame, go behind-the-scenes to explore the Mariners’ world-class art collection that many guests did not know existed! Join our digital content specialist as she details the art and history of paintings targeted to your groups’ interests.
Allow one hour. Tours subject to availability. Maximum of 15 guests allowed per group; larger groups will be divided and tours run concurrently.
Can’t make it for an in-person tour? Treat your group to a virtual experience! Our interpretation department will take you on a virtual journey through maritime history.
- the Museum at a Glance
- From the Heart of the Water
- Last Night on the Titanic
- Beyond Shackles: The Fight for Freedom
- Maritime Melodies
- Ancient/Biblical Waters and more.
Let us put together a virtual experience your group will love!
$50 flat fee
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Group Experience Coordinator