On Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5, 2017, The Mariners’ Museum and Park will commemorate the Civil War Battle that changed modern naval history forever. The Battle of Hampton Roads, when the Union ironclad USS Monitor fought the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia to a draw, proved the supremacy of iron to wood. One hundred and fifty-five years later, the Museum remembers the Battle with a weekend full of family-friendly activities, living history encampments, special events, and lectures. This year, in addition to the Battle itself, the weekend will focus on minorities in the Civil War.
Activities both outside and inside the Museum will occur Saturday and Sunday and will include:
Guests will be able to take guided tours of the USS Monitor Center and the Batten Conservation Lab, in addition to hearing about "Spies Among Us," detailing the role of women and children in the Civil War. And of course, Abraham Lincoln will return for the weekend’s events!
On Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m., Hampton Roads' top restaurants and caterers will prepare their best interpretations of 19th-century dishes during History Bites, a food-tasting event of historic proportions!
Official 2017 schedule of programs coming soon!
All activities (except tours of the USS Monitor Center and Batten Conservation Lab) are included with Museum admission. Programs and times are subject to change.
Distinguished guests and Museum staff will present informative and engaging lectures and special programming about the Civil War throughout the weekend at scheduled times. These speakers will include:
Lectures Schedule coming soon!
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., & Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Programs, Crafts, and Lectures are subject to change.
Main Lobby & USS Monitor Center
Join nationally recognized scholars and acclaimed authors! Lectures include:
Main Lobby & Concourse
Behind-The-Scenes Conservation Lab Tours
USS Monitor Center & Batten Conservation Lab
Again this year, guests will be able to enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of the famed USS Monitor Center and Batten Conservation Lab, where 200 tons of artifacts from the Monitor are undergoing conservation. Tours are $10 per person and suited for ages 10 and up. Closed-toed shoes are required, and photography is permitted for personal use only. Tours are limited to 15 people at a time, and visitors can sign up for scheduled tours throughout the day at the Museum's Front Desk.
Saturday, March 4, 2017, Main Lobby @ 6:30 p.m.
A food tasting event of HISTORIC proportions!
Hampton Roads’ top restaurants and caterers will prepare their best interpretations of 19th century dishes representing both the North the South and the Navy. Guests and judges including Abraham Lincoln will vote on their favorite recipes as participants compete for the coveted Cast-Iron Skillet Awards.
Tickets: $35 ($30 for Museum Members). $45 day of the event.
A cash bar will be available offering beer, wine, grog, and other specialty drinks of the Civil War-era.