In 1987, The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., was designated as the
repository for artifacts and archives from the Civil War ironclad USS
Monitor by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Today, the Museum conserves, interprets and exhibits hundreds of relics from
the ironclad that forever changed naval warfare. Visitors to the Museum can
see these artifacts undergoing the arduous conservation process, while
learning the history and stories behind them. What you see now is Northrop
Grumman Newport News shipbuilders constructing a full-scale replica of the
USS Monitor that will serve as an icon for the new $30 million USS Monitor
Center - a 63,500-square-foot addition to the Museum that will enthrall
families with exciting exhibits, bring students face-to-face with history,
house state-of-the-art conservation labs and offer historians rich resources
for research. The Center will open on March 9, 2007.