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, May 13
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Destruction of the CSS <em>Virginia</em>

Civil War Lecture: Last Days of the CSS Virginia

Last Days of the CSS Virginia Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director, USS Monitor Center When President Abraham Lincoln orchestrated the capture of Norfolk and… Read more

Sat, June 10
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Timbre-poste du Canada 3 cents 1917

Civil War Lecture: Canada during the Civil War

Civil War Lecture: Canada during the Civil War Presented by Presented by Kate Sullivan, Conservator, USS Monitor Project The Civil War forever changed the United… Read more

Sat, July 8
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Harriet Tubman by Squyer, NPG, c1885

Civil War Lecture: Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman: Conductor, Spy, ‘General’ Presented by Laurie King, Assistant Conservator, USS Monitor Project Harriet Tubman is most commonly known for her actions as a… 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