Mariners’ Museum
Newport News, VA

“America's National Maritime Museum”

NEWPORT NEWS — The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest maritime museums in the world and has been designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum. The Museum has a collection of over 35,000 maritime artifacts including miniature ship models, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, carved figureheads, working steam engines and much more.  The Museum is also home to the USS MONITOR Center where you can walk the deck of a full-scale replica of the Civil War ironclad, see artifacts undergoing conservation such as the iconic revolving gun turret and 20-ton steam engine and experience interactive exhibits. The Museum sits on a 550-acre park featuring a 5-mile nature trail and lake.

The Mariners’ Museum offers a wide array of educational programs in Social Studies, Science and Language Arts subject areas. These topics include Age of Exploration, Clash of Armor: The Battle of the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, Slave Trade, The Chesapeake Bay, Pirates and much more. Programs are for grades pre-K – 12 and are designed to meet Virginia SOLs, National Standards, and Common Core. The Mariners’ Museum can even visit your classroom virtually through their award-winning Interactive Video Conferencing program. Additionally, the Museum offers professional development on a variety of subjects and provides many teaching resources on the Museum’s website. For additional information on the Museum’s educational programs or to book your program today, call (757) 591-7745 or visit


Teacher Professional Development at The Mariners’ Museum and Park in 2017

The Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News, Virginia, will offer a series of Teacher Professional Development Workshops in June 2017. These professional workshops are designed to provide Virginia instructors with fresh insight into creating more engaging and stimulating lessons for their students. Each day-long session, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will focus on essential background information and accompanying activities that teachers can bring back to their own classrooms. Topics include European exploration, evolution of slavery in America, bringing history to life with primary sources, the Chesapeake Bay, and the crucial role of the U.S Navy during the Civil War and World War II.

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