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The museum’s collection totals approximately 32,000 artifacts, equally divided between works of art and three-dimensional objects. The scope of the collection is international and includes miniature ship models, [[scrimshaw]], maritime paintings, decorative arts, carved [[Figurehead (object)|figureheads]], working [[steam engines]], and the world's only known existing Kratz-built [[Calliope (music)|steam calliope]].<ref>{{cite web|title=Museum History |url=|publisher=Mariners' Museum|accessdate=27 May 2013}}</ref> The museum holds important collections of paintings and drawings by marine artists [[James Bard]] and [[Antonio Jacobsen]].<ref>Mariner's Museum and Peluso, Anthony J., Jr., ''The Bard Brothers -- Painting America under Steam and Sail'', Abrams, New York 1997 {{ISBN|0-8109-1240-6}}</ref> The museum offers educational programs for all ages, a large research library and archives, as well as publications and Internet resources for teachers.
The largest boat in its collection is the ''[[Oracle Team USA 17]]'', the yacht that won the [[2013 America's Cup]].<ref name="Speed and Innovation">{{cite web|title=Speed and Innovation|url=|website=The Mariner's Museum and Park:|accessdate=5 June 2017}}</ref>
==Collection highlights==
== USS ''Monitor'' Center ==
[[Image:Marineers Museum Monitor.jpg|thumb|right|New replica of USS ''Monitor'', dedicated March 9th, 2007]]
The Mariners' Museum is home to the USS ''Monitor'' Center. In 1973, the wreck of the ironclad [[USS Monitor|USS ''Monitor'']], made famous in the [[Battle of Hampton Roads]] in 1862, during the [[American Civil War]], was located on the floor of the [[Atlantic Ocean]] about 16 miles southeast of [[Cape Hatteras]], [[North Carolina]].<ref name=Dinsmore1999>{{cite journal |author1=Dinsmore, David A |author2=Broadwater, John D |title=1998 NOAA Research Expedition to the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. |journal=In: Hamilton RW, Pence DF, Kesling DE, edsEds. Assessment and Feasibility of Technical Diving Operations for Scientific Exploration. |publisher=[[American Academy of Underwater Sciences]] |year=1999 |url= |accessdate=2011-01-30}}</ref> The wreck site was designated as the United States' first national marine sanctuary. ''Monitor'' Sanctuary is the only one of the thirteen national marine sanctuaries created to protect a cultural resource, rather than a natural resource or a mix of natural and cultural resources.<ref name=Dinsmore1999/>
The [[Monitor National Marine Sanctuary]] is now under the supervision of the U.S. [[National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration]].<ref name=Dinsmore1999/> Many artifacts from ''Monitor'', including her innovative [[turret]], propeller, anchor, engine and some personal effects of the crew, have been brought to the museum. For several years, they were conserved in special tanks to stabilize the metal. The new USS ''Monitor'' Center officially opened on March 9, 2007, and a full-scale replica of the ''Monitor'', the original recovered turret, and many artifacts and related items are now on display.<ref name=dp2007a>{{cite journal |author=Ericson, Mark St. John |date=2007-03-09 |title=The center opens |journal=[[Daily Press (Virginia)]] |url=,0,3701088.story |accessdate=2011-01-30}}</ref><ref name=dp2007b>{{cite journal |author=Ericson, Mark St. John |date=2007-02-26 |title=Part 3: Replicating the mighty turret |journal=[[Daily Press (Virginia)]] |url=,0,7193973.story |accessdate=2011-01-30}}</ref> Current efforts are focused on restoring the engine.<ref name=LAT2010>{{cite journal |author=Ericson, Mark St. John |date=2010-12-18 |title=Restoration efforts on Civil War steam engine progressing |journal=[[Los Angeles Times]] |url= |accessdate=2011-01-30}}</ref>