The USS Monitor Center, part of the Mariners' Museum, has opened in Newport News, Virginia. The Mariners' Museum won the 2006 IIC Keck award for its project to conserve the USS Monitor.
The USS Monitor was the first ironclad warship to be commissioned by the United States navy, and is famous for her battle against the CSS Virginia at the Battle of Hampton Roads. Having been wrecked during a storm in 1862, she was rediscovered over 100 years later and entrusted to the Mariners' Museum.
Today, the Mariners' Museum conserves, interprets and exhibits hundreds of relics from the USS Monitor. Visitors are now able to see these artefacts undergoing conservation while learning the history and stories behind them at the Museum's new USS Monitor Center. The centre opened on 9 March 2007, 145 years to the day since the Monitor's historic battle against the Virginia.
USS Monitor Center opens in Newport News -- Richmond Times dispatch
USS Monitor Center opens in Virginia -- Houston Chronicle online