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, September 10
2:30 PM 3:30 PM Conservators of The USS <em>Monitor</em> Center use dry ice to treat artifacts from the USS Monitor

Civil War Lecture: Keeping It Cool

Civil War Lecture: Keeping It Cool – Using Dry-Ice Cleaning in the Conservation of the USS Monitor Artifacts Presented by Will Hoffman, Conservation Project Manager… Read more

Sat, October 8
2:30 PM 3:30 PM The gun carriage of the USS Monitor

Civil War Lecture: Composite Artifacts

Civil War Lecture: Why Composite Artifacts are Tricky to Conserve Presented by Kate Sullivan, Conservator, USS Monitor Project Despite the USS Monitor being an iron… Read more

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

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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