Ironclad Revolution exhibition, at night
USS Monitor full-scale replica, outside The USS Monitor Center

The Mariners’ Museum was named the official repository for the Monitor Collection by NOAA in 1987. The collection consists of over 200 tons of priceless artifacts recovered from the iconic Civil War ironclad located within the boundaries of NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary.

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Batten Conservation Complex Webcams

Revolving Gun Turret

USS Monitor’s Revolving Gun Turret

Steam Engine & Condenser

USS Monitor’s Steam Engine and Condenser

Dahlgren Guns & Gun Carriages

USS Monitor’s Dahlgren Guns and Gun Carriages

     

  • Live 24/7 images of the Monitor's large artifacts in treatment
  • See conservators at work
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Upcoming Events

Sat, January 13
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Civil War Lecture: The Capture of the St. Nicholas

Confederate Pirates: The Capture of the St. Nicholas Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center The daring capture of the steamer St…. Read more


Sat, February 10
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Civil War Lecture: Passaic-class monitors

Passaic-class monitors Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center Even though the USS Monitor was proclaimed the “little ship that saved the… Read more


Sat, March 10
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Civil War Lecture: The Age of Iron

The Age of Iron Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center Following the American Civil War a number of improvements were made… Read more


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Ironclad Revolution Exhibition

At the heart of the USS Monitor Center is the award-winning exhibition—Ironclad Revolution—a melding of artifacts, original documents, paintings, personal accounts, interactives and environments that will pique all five senses. The strategies, people, technology, and science behind the historic circumstances surrounding this story are displayed in a way the public has never before seen.Read more

Ironclad Revolution exhibition, at night
As-found USS Monitor turret, upside down; a full-scale replica, inside The USS Monitor Center