100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
The Museum will be open on Mondays that coincide with federal holidays.
Daily9 AM - 5 PM
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve (12/24) & Christmas (12/25).
Adults: $13.95
Seniors (over 65): $12.95
Military: $12.95
Members: free
Children (4 - 12): $8.95
Children under 3: Free
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Howard H. Hoege, III, President & CEO
phone: 757-591-7700
Crystal Breede, Director of Marketing
phone: 757-591-7713
Jenna Dill, Marketing and Communications Manager
phone: 757-591-7746
Laura Faragalli, Marketing Assistant
phone: 757-591-7739


The Mariners' Museum and Park connects people to the world's waterways through exploration and engaging experiences. The organization is an educational, non-profit institution and preserves and interprets maritime history through an international collection of ship models, figureheads, paintings, and other maritime artifacts.

The Mariners' Museum is home to the USS Monitor Center and is surrounded by the 550-acre Mariners' Museum Park, the largest privately-maintained park open to the public in North America. The Mariners' Museum Library is the largest maritime library in the Western hemisphere. The Mariners' Museum has been designated by Congress as "America's National Maritime Museum."


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.


For over 80 years, the history of the ocean and its relationship with humankind has been told and displayed in one of the largest maritime museums in the world. In June 1930, The Mariners' Museum was brought to life by the shared vision of Archer M. Huntington (son of Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company founder Collis P. Huntington) and Homer L. Ferguson (the head of Newport News Shipbuilding at the time of the founding and the Museum?s first President).

The first purchases of artifacts in any quantity were made in the early 1930s in New York and New England. Because the Museum was to be international in scope, the search for maritime material expanded throughout the 1930s to Europe, the West Indies and beyond. The Museum's collection now totals approximately 32,000 objects, equally divided between works of art and three-dimensional objects. Huntington's personal library of maritime books formed the core of the new Museum's Library.

Permanent Exhibitions

USS Monitor Center, Defending the Seas, Age of Exploration, Great Hall of Steam, Crabtree Collection of Miniature Ships, and the International Small Craft Center

Artifacts Collections

The collection is composed of more than 35,000 maritime items including ship models, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, intricately carved figureheads, navigational instruments, working steam engines, and hundreds of artifacts from the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor, including its steam engine, propeller, and gun turret.

Educational Programs

The Mariners' Museum offers programs for students around the world and activities for families around the corner. Whether it's learning about the Age of Exploration or hearing a lecture, there's something for everyone.

  • Interactive Video Conferencing
  • Teacher Workshops
  • Lecture Series
  • Scouting Opportunities
  • Teachers' Favorite Award
  • Homeschool Programs
  • Online Exhibitions


The Museum itself includes 90,000 square feet of exhibition galleries, including the prestigious International Small Craft Center and the award-winning USS Monitor Center. This state-of-the-art exhibition and conservation lab houses 210 tons of artifacts from the Civil War ironclad Monitor, recovered from NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.


The Museum sits in an urban oasis - the Mariners' Museum Park. This 550-acre park is home to the 167-acre Lake Maury and the Noland Trail - a five-mile shoreline trail with 14 bridges. The Park and Lake offer local residents and visitors to the area the opportunity to experience the beauty and peace of an oasis in the city.

Lecture Halls


The Mariners' Museum Library houses over 78,000 volumes; 800,000 photographs, films, and negatives; and over one pieces of archival material, making it the largest maritime library in the Western Hemisphere. The library is also home to the boatbuilding archives of Chris-Craft Industries.

Most materials are currently in storage, but there are plans to build a space to house the Library and Archives in the future.

Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


Wheelchair Accessible




Traveling Exhibitions

Host one of The Mariners' Museum's traveling exhibitions. Choose from a range of topics to appeal to your institution and visitors. Click below for contents, space requirements, fees, and scheduling information


Visit our spacious Gift Shop during your visit to find the perfect present for your family, that great coworker, teacher or friend. From toys and stylish apparel to contemporary jewelry, books, and souvenirs inspired by the nautical collections of The Mariners’ Museum, we offer an array of collectible treasures to truly make your museum voyage memorable.

Food & Drinks

The Grey Goose, Hampton's premier bakery and catering company, has opened a cafe at The Mariners' Museum. The cafe features a variety of fresh foods including sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts made from scratch. Daily specials are offered and all are welcome.

Grab & Go food items are offered in the Museum Shop.

Group Tours

The Mariners' Museum is perfectly suited for groups of all ages! Just ten visitors qualify for our special group rate, and with a minimum of two hours, your group can enjoy the Museum and its rich and varied sea stories.

Special Event Rentals

The Mariners' Museum and Park is no stranger to hosting some of the region's most elegant events. We have space for a wide variety of events including wedding ceremonies, receptions, military ceremonies, seminars, lectures, board meetings, conferences, fundraisers, and holiday parties. Whether formal or informal, cocktail party or black-tie dinner, large or small, we can help make your event memorable.

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental


Group Tours