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, February 13
2:30 PM 3:30 PM USS <em>Monitor</em> officers, on deck

Civil War Lecture: The Monitor Through Photos

Presented by: Will Hoffman, Project Manager and Senior Conservator, USS Monitor Project Although there aren’t any known photographs of the interior of the USS Monitor… Read more

Sat, March 5
10:30 AM 11:30 PM Harold Holzer, Lincoln scholar

BoHR Lecture: “The Civil War in 25 Objects”

Presented by Harold Holzer, a scholar of Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the American Civil War Era. About The legacy of the American Civil… Read more

Sat, March 5
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Craig Symonds banner

BoHR Lecture: “The U.S. Navy – A Concise History”

Presented by Craig Symonds, Historian of the American Civil War and maritime history About From the frigates of the age of sail to the technologically sophisticated… 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