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Community Day At The Mariners' Museum

4 December 2014 by

Community Day at The Mariners’ Museum Saturday December 6, 2014!

December 6 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This Saturday (December 6) is Community Day at The Mariners' Museum! For Hampton Roads residents & Military Members stationed here in Hampton Roads, admission is only $5 per person and children 5 & under are free. Enjoy loads of family fun at a great price.  This discount is for Hampton Roads residents only. Must show valid ID or proof of residency for discount.  Military Members show proof of being stationed in Hampton Roads and show military id and you will receive the special admission price as well.

What you'll FIND at 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. Boat rentals are available at the Boat Dock on Lake Maury through the Summer on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 AM to 5 PM and include paddle boats, john boats and canoes.


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.


Now open through January 4, 2015 – Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep. Bring the entire family for a Dinosaur exhibition like no other! Enter the deep, dark prehistoric world of carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived. See the Tylosaur, the largest marine lizard ever found in North America at 45-feet long. Take your photo with the largest turtle ever found or inside the jaws of a Megalodon. Play the role of paleontologists and dig for fossils. Touch stations with real bones and fossils, interactive touch screens, & so much more! MarinersMuseum.org/Dinosaurs.

Enjoy 3D movies in our new high definition EXPLORERS THEATER. This permanent, high-definition theater allows visitors to transcend the museum experience into the world of undersea exploration. With this theater, visitors will be able to: Watch a short film on how maritime exploration has shaped mankind’s history; Interact with live feeds from exploration vessels around the globe; Experience thrilling 3D films and other feature films covering a wide range of maritime topics; Participate in our award-winning Interactive Video Conferencing programs. Currently showing D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 and Sea Rex 3D. Visit MarinersMuseum.org for 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, free summer concert series 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.  


Military admission is $11 for adults, $10 for students 13 and up and $7 for kids ages 6- 12. Kids 5 and under are free. Some programs are an additional fee.

MEMBERSHIP Active duty military also receive 10% off memberships. Membership benefits include:

  • Personalized Membership card(s)
  • Free subscription to the quarterly members’ newsletter, Ahoy!, and to the monthly email newsletter
  • Advanced notice of exhibit openings and members-only events
  • 10% discount in the Museum Shop
  • Member-only seating at the Lecture Series
  • Advance notice and registration for educational programs
  • Discounts on Library research fees, educational programs, Museum sponsored travel adventures, and reproductions from our vast image collection of rare prints and photographs

The Mariners' Museum has also hosted a wide array of military ceremonies from retirements to commissionings, and everything in between.  The Huntington and Anna Rooms serve as a great daytime event space and can hold up to 200 guests.  The park also makes a great backdrop for calisthenics, and is available at 0-dark thirty!  Contact us at events@marinersmuseum.org or call (757) 591-5124 for more information.  Learn More Here!


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