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.

Hours and admission prices

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
Watch online

Upcoming Events

Sat, September 9
2:30 PM 3:30 PM View of part of the USS Monitor's gun carriage

Civil War Lecture: The Many Faces of Preservation

Civil War Lecture: The Many Faces of Preservation: Where does Conservation End and Restoration Begin? Presented by Lesley Haines, Assistant Conservator, USS Monitor Project Preservation… Read more

Sat, September 16
2:30 PM 3:30 PM

Civil War Lecture: USS Mississippi

USS Mississippi: Ship of the Manifest Destiny Presented by John V. Quarstein, Director, USS Monitor Center The first ocean-going paddler, this U.S. Navy steamer launched… Read more

Sat, October 14
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Blockade runner CSS Advance (later USS Frolic)

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

View Entire Calendar

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