In May, we visited The Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia. A major new part of the museum is The USS Monitor Center, where major pieces of the Monitor’s wreckage are being conserved and displayed. The first large artifact recovered was the ship’s cast iron anchor, in1983, over 120 years after the Monitor sank in a storm off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. It provided conservators the opportunity to develop a treatment process for other large iron artifacts that were to come later.
The 18,000 square foot exhibition tells the story of the USS Monitor and her opponent the CSS Virginia through a array of original artifacts, archival materials, multimedia experiences and recreated ship interiors. The Conservation Facility allows visitors a close up look at the conservation and reconditioning of the turret, steam engine, guns and more.
Gallery: The Mariners’ Museum, Newport News, May 10, 2009
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