The Mariners Museum at
Hampton Roads has an impressive collection of information about
all aspects of maritime activity. It has artifacts from both the
Virginia and the Monitor. In fact, it will receive
all the artifacts collected from the Monitor.
The Museum of the
Confederacy This museum in Richmond, VA, has the drive shaft and
anchor of the CSS Virginia. Also, for researchers, has
a good deal of material in their archives.
Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk is a U.S. Navy-operated
museum covering the many important naval events that occurred in
and around Hampton Roads, Virginia. They have a number of well
designed exhibits including the bell of the CSS Virginia. The
library contains old and new books related to the area. (More
info from the Nautical Research Guild)
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
This is where the Merrimack was converted into the
Virginia. Has information on the dry dock and material about the Virginia. Portsmouth, VA. Their gift store has several books on the Virginia that are hard to find elsewhere.
Columbus Civil War Naval Center(formerly Confederate Naval Museum)
Catesby ap Roger Jones's uniform is on display in Columbus, GA.
The (burned-out) hull of the C.S.S. Chattahoochee,
commanded by Jones is there. Also has the hull of the C.S.S.
Jackson, an Ironclad, beautifully displayed. Other museums (see
also the historic
have Confederate ships. Another ironclad, C.S.S.
Neuseis preserved at Kingston, NC. The Cairo,
an Ironclad riverboat, is at Vicksburg National Mark, MS. The
location of the C.S.S.
Georgiais also known.
Haze Gray and Underway A site for naval history and photography. They are compiling an online version of the Dictionary of Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS). [The Naval Historical Center also has some of DANFS.]
Swedish Historical Museum. Museum in Philadelphia with two
galleries devoted to John Ericsson. One has a large mural of a
fabled scene in which Ericsson explains his invention of the
Monitor to Lincoln and his War Cabinet. Another shows the battle
between the Monitor and the Merrimac. It has the largest
collection of John Ericsson's personal writings and drawings,
including original drawings of the Monitor and models of several
of his other inventions, including solar powered engines.
Unfortunately they don't have much on the web yet.
Virginia War Museum in Hampton. It isn't clear whether they have much on the Monitor and Virginia
but they have a good bit on the Peninsula Campaign. They maintain a web site on the Peninsula Campaign that has
accurate descriptions of the March 8 & 9 battles and Druary's Bluff battle.