About the 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. In 2007, the USS Monitor Center opened to rave reviews.

The creative interpretation of original artifacts, combined with personal letters and other archival materials, proved to be an award-winning and awe-inspiring combination.

Ways to get involved range from book purchases to sponsorship. We are currently offering Monitor Center tours, including the award winning exhibit, Ironclad Revolution, and Batten Conservation Laboratory Complex’s wet and dry labs for a $100 donation per person to the USS Monitor Center. We are also offering sponsorship of the Monitor Boys, an endeavor to honor the officers and crews of the ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, and conservation and display pieces.

Interested in Monitor Center tours? Historic tours around Hampton Roads? History lectures? Civil War Trail day trips? We can accommodate! Historian John V. Quarstein is available for a variety of events and topics.

Help us make a difference and ensure the story of the USS Monitor and the men associated is kept alive for generations to come! Contact us for more information about all of our exciting opportunities.

“John Quarstein brings his vast museum and fundraising experience, but more importantly, an unmatched passion for the Monitor and the need to preserve her story.”

David Alberg, Superintendent for
NOAA’s Monitor National Marine Sanctuary

Historian and author John V. Quarstein, Director of USS <em>Monitor</em> Center

Historian and author John V. Quarstein, Director of USS Monitor Center

Contact Us

For more information on the USS Monitor Center or to donate, please contact:

John V. Quarstein
(757) 591-7726