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, October 14
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Antebellum fashion

Civil War Lecture: Silk and Rifles

Silk and Rifles: A Gender Analysis of Blockade Runner Cargos Presented by Guest Lecturer Emily Schwalbe, Archaeologist, Clemson University-Warren Lasch Conservation Center When Abraham Lincoln… Read more

Sat, October 28
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Civil War Lecture: Torpedoes

Torpedoes: Infernal Machines Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director Emeritus, USS Monitor Center Without a navy when the Civil War erupted, the Confederacy sought new… Read more

Sat, November 4
2:30 PM 3:30 PM The gun carriage of the USS Monitor

Civil War Lecture: It’s Science!

Civil War Lecture: It’s Science! Presented by Elsa Sangouard and Kate Sullivan, Conservators, USS Monitor Project Are you familiar with the acronyms XRF, FTIR or… 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