The Mariners' Museum and Park Virginia Green

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The Mariners’ Museum and Park connects people to the world’s waters, because through the waters we are connected to one another. Come find your connection today for only $1 per person.


The Museum is filled with fascinating stories, captured in priceless artifacts that celebrate the spirit of the open sea. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, The Mariners’ Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive maritime museums in the world. Through the stories told in the Museum’s world-class collection, guests are encouraged to explore their own history and discover their story to see how we are all connected to the water.


Discover the USS Monitor Center, home to the Civil War ironclad’s iconic gun turret. Explore small craft from around the world in the International Small Craft Center. Discover the fascinating and intricate miniature ship models of Winnifred & August F. Crabtree. Learn about the Age of Exploration and the history of the U.S. Navy. See Oracle Team USA’s 72-foot catamaran. Experience a 3D film in the Explorers Theater.


The Museum is located within a 550-acre park where guests can hike the award-winning five-mile Noland Trail or picnic at Lions Bridge overlooking the tranquil James River.

Hours of Operation

The Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Fees: $1 Admission for all

Length of Tour: 2 hours

Additional Information

  • Associations / Options
  • NNHA Member
  • African American Heritage
  • Family Fun
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • History
  • Military
  • On-Site Catering
  • Outdoors
  • Sea
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Meeting Facility Sq. Feet: 14,760
  • Banquet Round Style Seating: 300
  • Standing Theater Style: 300

Upcoming Events

  • Live Lecture with John V. Quarstein: The Loss of CSS Albemarle: Jun 5; 12 p.m.
  • Civil War Discussion: Battle of Gaines Mill: Jun 5; 12:30 p.m.
  • Invasions: Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Normandy: Jun 6; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Nature Workshop Series: Dying for Tie-Dye: Jun 6; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Live Lecture with John V. Quarstein: Decoys as Folk Art: Jun 12; 12 p.m.
  • CIvil War Discussion: Battle of Five Forks: Jun 12; 12:30 p.m.
  • Find the Boat: Jun 19 - Jul 31
  • Live Lecture with John V. Quarstein: Fort Fisher - Gibraltar Falls: Jun 19; 12 p.m.
  • Recreational Boating Day: Jun 27
  • Hampton Roads History Lecture: War of 1812 and Battle of Craney Island: Jun 27; 2:30 p.m.
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