The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters because through the waters — through our shared maritime heritage — we are connected to one another.
The Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world. Through the stories told in the Museum’s world-class collection, guests are encouraged to explore their own history and discover their story to see how we are all connected to the water.
The USS Monitor Center, home to 210 tons of artifacts from the Civil War ironclad, tells the story of the USS Monitor‘s creation, battle, sinking, and recovery in vivid detail.
Explore more than 120,000 square feet of gallery space with small craft from around the world, intricate ship models, maritime art, navigational instruments, and much more.
The Museum is locacted within a 550-acre park where guests can hike the award-winning Noland Trail or picnic at Lion’s Bridge overlooking the tranquil James River.