The Mariners Museum

Newport News, VA

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Address: 100 Museum Dr, Newport News, VA 23606, USA How do we get there? Number: 757 596-2222
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What's really impressive, is that the Mariners Museum features over 90,000 sq ft of gallery space just filled with rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings and much more, offering an insight into the maritime history of the region!

The exhibition galleries with the Mariners Museum are home to so many fascinating artifacts, and covering a range of themes. 

You can see an incredible collection of Model Ships, giving you a detailed, close up look at some of the most iconic ships in history, including the Jamestown steamboat!

There's an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of America's involvement in WWI, as well as the great Age of Exploration exhibit, that chronicles, the developments of shipbuilding and ocean navigation of voyages from the 15th century right through to the 18th century!

Kids will love the fun hands-on "Discovery Library" here, allowing them to examine reproductions of early navigational instruments and books, and they can learn all about why Horatio Nelson was considered one of the world's greatest naval heroes!

Let's not forget about the collections at the Mariners Museum, with over 32,00 objects! Highlights include the collection of 92 figureheads, making it one of the largest figurehead collection in the world, a life vest from HMS Titanic, and a 19th century Medicine Chest!

What's also great about the Mariners Museum, is that it sits in an urban oasis, with it's home in a 550 acre park, with a 167 lake, AND a 5-mile trail, so it's a beautiful area to visit (and explore when your museum adventure has finished!)

So let's sail into your next family day out, and see all these incredible exhibits and artifacts that the Mariners Museum has on board!

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Members free for general admission


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The Park Cafe is where you can re-fill those rumbling tummies! There are so many delicious items on the menu, from hand held sandwiches, to soups, wraps, and pizza slices!

They have some pretty cool events across the year, perfect for kids, including family workshops, Maritime Mondays JUST for kids, talks and more, so check out their website for details!

The Gift Shop is pretty impressive so best make a stop there! From toys and stylish apparel to contemporary jewelry, books and souvenirs inspired by the nautical collections of The Mariners’ Museum, they offer an array of collectible treasures to truly make your museum voyage memorable.

They even offer a variety of items and gifts including nautical decor, books, and Civil War memorabilia.

The cafe have vegan and vegetarian options, as well as healthy options too like fruit and veggies

The Mariners’ Museum is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for visitors upon request.

The Park & Trail are FREE and open to the public.

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