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“Don't overlook this!”

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.
Wolverine, Michigan
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Don't overlook this!”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

We agree with others, who have said that it's bigger than it looks and that it has fascinating exhibits. This museum is really a full day's excursion for people who like to read, watch, browse and listen. The graphics, movies and exhibit set-ups are all creative and eye-catching; every family member can find something to like. One exhibit was under construction, so only two wings were available, but both were fascinating in organization and detail. The work on the Monitor's turret is amazing! Navigating the museum is a bit like walking through a maze, but that added to the experience. If you only have time to see one museum in the area, make it this one!

Visited April 2014
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Hampton, Virginia
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32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Bigger than it looks!!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

We anticipated a 2 hour visit and 3 hours later we still hadn't seen everything!! This place is big! Plan accordingly! From the temporary exhibits to permanent there is something to interest everyone! Good find, wish we had more time.

Visited April 2014
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Newport News, Virginia
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154 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“New Experiences at Mariner's Museum”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

I first visited Mariner's Museum on a school field trip a LONG time ago. Boy has it changed! This museum celebrates all things nautical, with an amazing display of small boats from around the world, famous model ships of all kinds, and the Monitor exhibit featuring the ongoing work on the turret of the Civil War ironclad ship.

Visited January 2014
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Newport News, Virginia
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31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Biggest little museum in Newport News.”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

A museum that has a sense of itself and where it came from. Unique to the area. History of shipbuilding, maritime commerce, naval warfare. Turret of the Monitor alone makes this a do-not-miss.

Visited October 2013
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Poquoson, Virginia
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149 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“A Must See in a Visit to Hampton Roads”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

Take a step back in time & tour all the wonderful exhibits here, & discover where our history began... They also do many events here including a summer concert series that is family friendly.

Visited September 2013
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