Become a

The Nelson Touch


We’ll begin by deinstalling our Age of Exploration and The Nelson Touch exhibitions on January 3, 2022.  Over the course of the year, we will periodically bring out special artifacts to gather feedback about what YOU want to see in the new Gallery! This project will have an even greater impact than just improving our facility; we will create an interactive space for children and adults to become explorers themselves and connect with the diverse cultures that explore our world’s waters. Click here to learn more.


France declared war on Britain in 1793, and for the next 12 years Britons lived in constant fear of invasion. With the seemingly unstoppable armies of Napoleon Bonaparte crashing through Europe, Britain’s best line of defense were her “wooden walls”—the Royal Navy. As the Navy endeavored to defend British interests, the world witnessed naval battles of epic proportions. From these turbulent battles emerged one of the world’s most revered naval commanders—a man glorified by the citizens of Britain and Europe as their savior: Horatio Nelson. The Nelson Touch explores the naval career and the fighting skills of one of the world’s greatest naval heroes.

James Jewell and David Lauer established the Jewell-Lauer Lord Nelson Fund at The Mariners’ Museum to facilitate the acquisition and care of artifacts related to Lord Admiral Horatio Nelson. The Mariners’ is very appreciative of their dedicated and generous support. Additional contributions to this fund are gratefully accepted.

Nelson Touch Gallery