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, November 12
2:30 PM 3:30 PM USS <em>Monitor</em> 3-D scan, courtesy of NOAA

Civil War Lecture: 3-D Monitor

“3-D Monitor: the use of 3-D technology to map a shipwreck” Presented by: Joe Hoyt, NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary Archaeologist Want to experience what… Read more

Sat, December 10
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Painting of the Civil War battle in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Civil War Lecture: Fort Fisher

Civil War Lecture: Gibraltar of the Confederacy – Fort Fisher Presented by John V. Quarstein Wilmington, North Carolina on the Cape Fear River was perhaps… Read more

Sat, December 10
6:00 PM 9:00 PM Christmas on the <em>Monitor</em> banner

Christmas on the Monitor

Christmas on the Monitor: A Holiday Dinner to Benefit the USS Monitor Center at The Mariners’ Museum We’re Gonna Party Like It’s 1862! Enjoy the… 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