This is an outstanding facility. It was started by the same people who were responsible for the Huntington Library in California. The Museum tells the story of ships, sailors and their exploits for the past 1,000 years. It is a well organized, beautifully displayed museum that covers everything from the ancient Chinese to Lord Nelson. But the “crown jewel” for Civil War buffs is that it is the conservator of the USS Monitor. They have taken this role very seriously and the Monitor exhibit is literally a museum within a museum.
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