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The creative interpretation of original artifacts, combined with personal letters and other archival materials, is an award-winning and awe-inspiring combination at the U.S.S. Monitor Center.
Marking the 145th anniversary of the historic clash between the Civil War ironclads USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, The Mariners’ Museum and its partner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) opened the doors on March 9, 2007 to one of the premier Civil War attractions across the nation—the USS Monitor Center. This dramatic $30 million, 63,500 square foot facility enthralls families with exciting exhibits, bringing students face-to-face with history, house state-of-the-art conservation labs and offer historians rich resources for research. The USS Monitor Center is the definitive national authority and repository for the original recovered artifacts, and for all other materials, research and programming related to the history of the famous Civil War ironclad warship that revolutionized naval warfare. The Center also tells the story of the Confederate ironclad CSS Virginia.
The U.S.S. Monitor Center project was honored with a "Best of 2006 Award of Merit" in the Cultural Institution category from Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine (now Engineering News Record MidAtlantic-ENR) and a 2007 "Best Recreation/Entertainment" Award of Merit from Hampton Roads Association for Commercial Real Estate (HRACRE).