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 three miles off I-64 and only 20 minutes from the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, 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 knowledgeable Navigators who are passionate about the Museum’s stories. Plan to spend 1½ – 2 hours traveling through the galleries and learning its secrets. Or, experience the Museum on your own with a self-guided tour. Read the panels, watch the films, and go on a voyage of discovery! Scavenger hunts available at the front desk are a fun, free way to explore on your own while learning new facts about our maritime past, present and future.
Customized, engaging experiences await groups at every turn. Student groups can get hands-on with history and science with a wide array of educational programs catered to state and national Standards of Learnings. Enhance your group experience with special opportunities such as behind-the-scenes tours and programs, after-hours tours, meal packages, Civil War Trail combo tours and more. Call us today so that we can create a package designed specifically for your group’s needs and interests.
Only 10 visitors qualifies groups for a discounted rate. Whether you spend the day with us, or just have an hour, your groups will enjoy the Museum and its rich and varied sea stories, and will make memories to last a lifetime.
We look forward to your group visit!
100 Museum Drive Newport News, VA 23606. Located off Exit 258-A on I-64. Raining in Williamsburg? Located just 20 minutes away, we can accommodate last-minute reservations!
We offer FREE parking and a convenient on-site motorcoach/bus drop-off and pick-up area.
Monday-Saturday, 9 AM · 5 PM Sunday, 11 AM- 5PM. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open daily, 9 AM · 5 PM. We are open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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.
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!
Newport News is located in the heart of Coastal Virginia, 20 minutes from Williamsburg, 30 minutes from Norfolk, and 45 minutes from Virginia Beach. From here, go anywhere!
On March 8-9, 1862, the Civil War Battle of Hampton Roads paved the way for a new era in naval warfare. At the heart of the USS Monitor Center is the exhibition – Ironclad Revolution – a melding of artifacts, original documents, paintings, personal accounts, interactives and environments that will pique all five senses. The strategies, people, technology, and science behind the historic circumstances surrounding this story will be displayed in a way the public has never before seen.
During your visit:
Defending the Seas: Explore the world’s military naval history, from the War of 1812 through World War II!
The International Small Craft Center: This fantastic center hosts more than 50 small craft from 150 countries!
The Miniature Ships of August F. and Winnifred Crabtree: This extraordinary exhibition showcasing the evolution of boatbuilding is one of the crown jewels of The Mariners’ Museum’s collection.
Spend one to two hours learning about the history of the Museum and allow our specialized Navigators share their favorite secrets. Or, read the panels, watch the films, and go on a voyage of discovery on your own! Scavenger Hunts are a fun ways for families to explore the Museum on their own while learning new facts about our maritime past. They are available at the front desk and are free with Museum admission.
Student groups are eligible for a reduced student rate of $7 for grades K-12. One chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour is required. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $10.00/person.
Average Tour Length:
1½ – 2 hour Museum highlight tours are available with a Navigator.
At least 2 hours are recommended to see everything.
Experience the Museum in a whole new light…the dark! Groups have the Museum to themselves in this private tour after regular business hours. Explore on your own or with a Navigator.
*We require one chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $15.00/person.
Tours available Monday – Sunday, 5-9 PM.
The Mariners’ Museum makes an excellent outing for student groups. Browse this page to learn about our in house and video conferencing education programs, and visit the Plan Your Visit and Private Group Experiences pages for other fantastic options for student groups!
Students can have a more in-depth experience by scheduling an education program incorporating classroom or gallery instruction using original and reproduction artifacts, and allowing students to participate actively in the program. A Navigator-led tour designed to provide students with an overview of over 3,000 years of maritime history is included with most educational programs. Students have an opportunity to touch, listen, read, and discuss during their program and tour. Many of our classes can also be presented as outreach programs at your school. Visit our Education page for more information.
*We require one chaperone (teacher or other adult) for every ten students participating in a group tour. The required chaperones (teacher or other adult) receive complimentary admission. Additional chaperones or accompanying adults will be charged $9.00/person.
The Mariners’ Museum offers education programs to students across the nation and the world. Through Interactive Video Conferencing, we can present programs to your students no matter where you are located. No need to arrange for buses or collect permission slips. All programs are interactive, with students participating in activities with the Museum educator, all in real time. And all you need is video conferencing equipment or software, or a computer with an internet connection. Visit our Distance Learning page for more information.
All programs are $125* per session with a maximum of 30 students per session unless otherwise stated. Additional charges may apply for larger groups.
Tour the Museum & enjoy lunch or dinner in a private space with your group in this package. Add costumed interpreters and your group can dine with Blackbeard’s Crew, passengers from the Titanic or even Civil War sailors for an immersive dining experience. Or, add an education program or 3D film of your choice!
Contact us for details.
This permanent, high-definition theater allows visitors to transcend the museum experience into the world of undersea exploration. These entertaining and educational short films introduce the maritime world to visitors with breathtaking views and informative story lines. Your group can choose one of the films currently showing, or ask us about other film licenses we have for special showings. Groups can rent out the theater for a private showing, or join the general public with the scheduled showtimes
Groups With Museum Admission:
Groups Without Museum Admission:
Capacity: 49 seats | Handicap accessible
Schedule a customized behind-the-scenes group tour of the USS Monitor Conservation lab, the Museum’s leading scientific and cultural experience. The Batten Conservation Complex is the world’s largest marine metal conservatory, housing more than 200 tons of artifacts including the USS Monitor’s turret and cannons!
Pricing: $25/person plus museum admission
Experience the USS Monitor through a special presentation given by conservation experts in the USS Monitor Center. Hear the conservation experts share the personal stories and historical accounts… from the Monitor’s crew. Examine rarely-seen artifacts from the Monitor, hold the coal used to fuel the Monitor, and see exciting projects that the Monitor conservation staff is currently working on.
Pricing: $15/person plus Museum admission
The Museum works closely with approved caterers to offer the best dining experience for groups. Currently, the Museum is partnering with Smoke BBQ to provide box lunches for your group experience. Contact your Group Tour Coordinator today to plan your lunch and visit!
SMOKE BBQ RESTAURANT & BAR
$10 each (includes tax and tip)
Meal (BBQ Sandwich or Other)
Small Cole Slaw
BBQ Sandwich Choices:
Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, Shredded Brisket
Veggie Wrap, House Salad (can be served without sides or dressing as gluten-free option)
Bottled Water, Coke, and Diet Coke
Download this menu here.
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To book an education program, please contact:
The Mariners’ Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Closed Saturday & Sunday and on select holidays
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