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“Maritime History MuseumA must go!”

The Mariners' Museum & Park
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Owner description: The Mariners' Museum, America's National Maritime Museum, includes the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War Ironclad's iconic gun turret. The Museum has over 35,000 maritime artifacts, including ship models, paintings and small craft. Located on a 550-acre park, they also feature a 5-mile hiking trail and paddleboat rentals.
Reviewed 25 November 2013 via mobile

If you like history,ships, war memorabilia, this has amazing boats, waterway info, etc. It is located in beautiful Museum Park where the famous Noland Trail exists. You can walk for miles and see the James River at Lion's Bridge , where the new statue, Selene, is in Kettle Pond.

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Reviewed 18 November 2013

Very historical with great displays. A lot about the Sea Battles of the Civil War, also
replicas of the Monitor and Merrimack sea battle in the Chesapeake Bay area. They also have models of many sailing ships Through history.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

We loved this museum and spent a lot more time here than we expected to. The whole section on the Monitor was fascinating. I was amazed at what I didn't know. We really felt like the museum did a great job of presenting the artifacts and recreating the Monitor inside and out. If you don't have time to see the whole museum at least take time to do the Monitor exhibit and watch the movies. We enjoyed the Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown but this museum also should not be missed.

Thank Judith M
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

I spent 2 hours here and it seemed like 20 minutes! The Monitor center is fantastic as are the displays of the Monitor and Merrimac (or Virginia). I spent most of my time there and had to rush through the rest of the displays. The "lost at sea" is fascinating! Great stories from the last century to today. Warships and miniatures are unbelievable! Great, great, great! Unless your significant other is a real naval history fan, she might do what mine did--take a nap in the car.......

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Reviewed 29 October 2013

All it takes is a little curiosity and you'll be hooked here - there are several displays that can only be seen at the Mariner's Museum and no where else in the world - the USS Monitor Center and the collection of miniature ships built by August Crabtree. But there is so much to see as well that we totally enjoyed a full day here! We started off with an overview by one of the docents that was appreciated and then we went from there enjoying the movies and displays. Well worth the journey and the full day here.

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