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Explore the Museum

The Mariners’ Museum is a place to explore, learn, have fun, and above all else–connect to the world’s waters and to one another. Admission to the Museum is $1 per person because we believe that through the waters we are connected as one city, one region, one nation, and one world.

There is so much to see and experience at The Mariners’ and we don’t want you to miss a thing. Whether you’re visiting from out of town, looking for children’s activities, or planning a day out with friends, The Mariners’ offers a Museum experience like no other!

Museum Admission

  • $1 per person
    (children 3 & under are free)
  • Mariners’ Museum Members are free.

Museum Hours:

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Closed Thanksgiving
& Christmas Day.

Explorers Theater

  • Museum Members……….. FREE
  • Non-members……………………… $1
  • Children 3 and under…… FREE

Movie tickets are in addition to $1 Museum admission and may be purchased at the door.

Family looking at a ship model

Our Members are the
heartbeat of our Museum!

We invite you to dive deeper into your maritime connections as you explore more than 90,000 square feet of galleries filled with maritime art, culture, science, and history as only a Member can!

Events & Exhibits

Discover something new in our upcoming programs, permanent galleries, and more!

Close-up view of a sandwich wrap offered in The Mariners' Cafe.


Mariners’ Café

Our locally owned and operated Café features a variety of foods and beverages to fuel your visit. Find hot coffee and a kid’s menu.

Mariners’ Shop

Find a treasure on your next visit! Explore a wide selection of toys, books, apparel, jewelry, souvenirs, and home decor in the gift shop.


The Mariners’ is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive experience to all guests. Learn more about our accessible areas and low-sensory Friendly Hours. 


The Mariners’ is the perfect place to curate an engaging custom experience for your group. Learn more about our guided tours, programs, and full-day experiences for audiences of all ages and interests!

Venue Rentals

The Mariners’ is the premium event space in Newport News for weddings, corporate events, military ceremonies, and more! With a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces available, The Mariners’ is an ideal venue for your private event. 

About The Mariners’

Since 1930, The Mariners’ has worked diligently to uphold our charter to promote the public welfare and foster transformative experiences through connecting people to the world’s waters and to one another. Learn about our mission, and unique approach that makes The Mariners’ a museum and park like no other.

The Mariners’ Park

Add an outdoor adventure to your Mariners’ visit and enjoy scenic views of Mariners’ Lake, James River, and our famous Lions Bridge.

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