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USS Monitor museum
« on: March 10, 2007, 03:19:20 PM »
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USS Monitor Center Opens in Virginia
Associated Press  |  March 09, 2007
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Exactly 145 years after the USS Monitor faced the Confederate ship CSS Virginia in the first clash of ironclads, a $30 million center dedicated to the Union vessel opened Friday.

The Monitor Center, a new wing of The Mariners' Museum, houses more than 1,200 artifacts from the Civil War ship and an interactive exhibition on both armored vessels.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, said the center embodies the Old Testament phrase "beating a sword into a plowshare." A ship built as a weapon of war, he said, now is "the centerpiece of an educational museum in a reunited nation not at war with itself."

The Monitor, a new design, and the Virginia, built atop the burned-out hull of the Union steam frigate Merrimack, fought to a draw on March 9, 1862, near where the museum now stands. The battle made wooden warships obsolete.

The 63,500-square-foot center features 18,000 square feet of exhibition space and 20,000 square feet of conservation labs and classrooms.

Galleries tell how the ironclads were built and feature efforts to recover artifacts from the deteriorating wreckage of the Monitor, which sank, upside down, during a storm 16 miles off North Carolina's coast on Dec. 31, 1862. Sixteen men died.

The center's high-definition "Battle Theater" has 45 seats that swivel 360 degrees so viewers can experience the action as the fight is recreated through digital paintings, lights and sounds. Outside, visitors can stroll the deck of a 170-foot, full-scale exterior model of the Monitor.


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Re: USS Monitor museum
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007, 04:57:03 PM »
Ol Gabe;

Arrived in Newport New, VA about 3:30PM, I drove by the sight, they have a small encampment setup for this weekend. Very much looking forward to spending most of the day there tomorrow. I spent this AM walking around Gettysburg.

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Re: USS Monitor museum
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007, 05:09:46 PM »
I have been following their efforts for a few years now. Gonna have to put it on my list of things to do..............Buck 8) ;)
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Re: USS Monitor museum
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2007, 07:05:48 PM »
I was suppose to go down for the opening this weekend and turnout with some Naval reenactors, but my trip overseas interferred with those plans.  Now I'll have to make a special trip.  Even so, it should be an interesting exhibit and worth the effort to see it.

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Re: USS Monitor museum
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2007, 06:50:55 PM »
I was very impressed with the Montor exhibit, it double the size of the museum. They had a full size external replica of the Monitor outside of the museum. Being the opening weekend, there was reenactors set up, total of about 30 tents. I spent as much time with the enactors as I did in the museum.

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Re: USS Monitor museum
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