To further enhance the guest experience, the Museum will offer numerous family-friendly programs and events throughout the summer. A few highlights include programming related to the Museum's newest exhibition Speed and Innovation in the America’s Cup. Families will be able to build and race their own catamarans at the Boat Design Family Workshop on June 10 after seeing drone demonstrations of hydrofoiling. Families can also get a glimpse of what it takes physically to be an America’s Cup sailor at Train Like an America's Cup Sailor on July 1 by trying the exercises that these premier athletes use to build muscle and endurance.
The Museum will commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Noland Trail with an outdoor celebration Celebrate the Park! on June 24. This community event will feature bluegrass and folk music, food trucks, family activities, games, raffles, and more.
Back for its second year, #FindtheBoat will run from June 16 through August 4. This weekly Instagram adventure contest gives guests the opportunity to win weekly prizes worth $100 and grand prizes including a 7-day Caribbean cruise for two from Carnival. Every Friday, a clue to a particular boat in the Museum is posted on Instagram. Visitors decipher the clue to find the location of the boat, snap a selfie with it, and share using #FindtheBoat. The photo serves as the entry for all of the prizes.
About the Mariners' Museum & Park
The Mariners’ Museum, located in Newport News, VA is one of the largest and most prestigious maritime museums in the world and has been designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum.
The collection of over 35,000 artifacts include miniature ship models, scrimshaw, maritime paintings, decorative arts, carved figureheads, working steam engines and much more. The museum is situated on within a 550-acre park that is the nation’s largest privately-owned and maintained park that is free and open to the public. The park includes the 160-acre lake Maury, the 5-mile Noland Trail and the iconic Lions Bridge that overlooks the tranquil James River.
USS MONITOR CENTER
The Museum campus also includes the USS MONITOR Center where many artifacts from the famous ironclad are on exhibit and the incredible story of her creation, battle, sinking and recovery are told in vivid detail. Be a part of the action in the high-definition battle theater, walk on the full-scale Monitor replica, see artifacts like the iconic revolving gun turret undergoing conservation and experience interactive exhibits.
Each year, The Museum hosts The Battle of Hampton Roads Weekend to commemorate The Civil War battle between the USS Monitor and USS Merrimack that changed modern naval warfare forever. The Weekend is full of family activities, re-enactors, lectures from special guests and more. Visit BattleofHamptonRoads.com for more details.
Enjoy 3D movies in our high-definition EXPLORERS THEATER, which allows visitors to transcend the museum experience into the world of undersea exploration. Visit MarinersMuseum.org for current movies and show times. Admission for 3D movies is $6.
The Mariners' Museum and Park hosts a variety of special events including family programs, lectures, beer & wine tastings, an annual Pirate Run 5k and 10K race, and many more fun activities. Be sure to check out our website, connect with us on Facebook or join our email list to keep up to date on our happenings and news!
The Mariners’ Museum and Park is located off I-64, exit 258-A. For hours, admission prices and upcoming events at The Mariners’ Museum and Park, visit us at http://www.marinersmuseum.org call (757) 596-2222 or toll free (800) 581-SAIL.
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