A Trip to The Mariner's Museum

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We recently took a trip to The Mariner's Museum. This museum has been around for a while, in fact I remember a 6th grade field trip, and it was not our first family visit, but wow, was I impressed. The museum sits in a beautiful 550 acre park next to the James River.

Unfortunately it was a rainy day, so we didn't explore outdoors. But the museum itself is amazing. The exhibits are vast and interactive. Even our 20 month old enjoyed himself and didn't complain.

We have recently studied the Titanic and the kids enjoyed the huge Titanic exhibit and especially the replica of the life boat that they were able to climb aboard.

One of the most impressive exhibits on display, however, is that of the ironclads. The design of these ships is truly unique and the rich history the museum provides really brings to life the reality of living on one. The Monitor Center provides a fascinating look at the story of this ship and the Battle of Hampton Roads.

It was a great day. The kids enjoyed it and learned a little along the way. I got some great photos and decided to create a slide show since there are many I wanted to share to give you a peek inside the museum. If you ever get the chance to visit, I highly recommend it! Also, check out their website for lesson plan resources, online exhibits and even a USS Monitor oragami exercise to print out.


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