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The Mariners’ Corporate Leadership Council

Join The Mariners’ Corporate Leadership Council

Working To Achieve Your Company’s Goals

The Mariners’ Corporate Leadership Council is a platform for companies that aspire to build, broaden, and strengthen their commitment to social responsibility and community engagement. We help you connect with an important constituency—your customers and prospective customers.

As a member of the Mariners’ Corporate Leadership Council, your company will help ensure that The Mariners’ Museum and Park can continue its efforts to provide transformative experiences of engagement and discovery for everyone within our city, our region, our nation and our world—as together, we are one.

Partner with us to help fulfill our role as America’s National Maritime Museum and:

  • Preserve over 32,000 artifacts and works of art and the materials housed in the Museum’s extensive library and archive;
  • Develop our expansive exhibition program;
  • Create and support our on-site and in-school educational programs, which teach critical thinking skills, cultural awareness, and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM);
  • Support the development of the pioneering conservation techniques being used to preserve the USS Monitor; and
  • Provide access to our collection as we strive to create an intellectual and emotional bond that unites people of all ages and ethnicities to our shared maritime history.
Canon Virginia logo
Continental Automotive Systems
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Langley Federal Credit Union
Newport News Shipbuilding logo
Norfolk Tug Company
STIHL logo
T. Parker Host Inc. logo
TowneBank logo
Virginia Health Services logo
W.M. Jordan Company
Warwick Mechanical Group
Wells Fargo logo
Bank of America logo

Water Connects Us All

A Message from our President and CEO Howard Hoege III

The mission of The Mariners’ Museum and Park is to connect people to the world’s waters, because that is how we are connected to one another.

Across our nation and the world, we see daily reminders of the forces at work pulling communities apart. During these times, we believe our Museum has a powerful narrative to tell about community and what binds us together.

We strive to provide an intellectual and emotional experience that is shared by generations, across cultures, and without barriers or judgement. It’s not just about displaying artifacts, but having our visitors learn and feel something, while awakening and introducing them to their maritime roots. It is through exploration of our collection and engaging experiences that we connect people to the world’s waterways.

A steward of one of the world’s most extensive maritime collections, The Mariners’ Museum and Park is committed to the preservation and conservation of more than 32,000 objects and several million library and archive materials. We provide access to the collection through exhibitions, loans, publications, educational programs and online media. The Museum is proud to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and follows its standards of care to ensure the survival of the collection for generations yet-to-come.

Howard Hoege press photoHoward H. Hoege III, President and CEO

Our History

Our Industry Roots Run Deep

Rooted in the maritime industry, The Mariners’ Museum and Park was founded during the Great Depression by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company owner Archer M. Huntington and company president Homer L. Ferguson. Together, the two men decided to create a museum in Newport News to keep shipyard workers employed and to ensure the Newport News community prospered during this difficult time. Shipyard workers cleared the land and constructed the dam to create The Mariners’ Lake, assembled the Lions Bridge and built the first Museum buildings while buying agents were dispatched worldwide to begin the task of acquiring the collection. Huntington himself began the collecting of small craft by sending five boats from Spain and Portugal to the Museum, and the maritime publications in his personal library formed the core of the library’s collection.

The Museum opened its doors on October 29, 1933, and admitted visitors to see the exhibits, which were displayed on simple sawhorse-type tables. Much has changed in the decades that have followed, and today, the Museum boasts one of the finest and most comprehensive collections of maritime art, artifacts, library and archives in the world. The Museum maintains more than 90,000 square feet of gallery space, including the award-winning USS Monitor Center. The park is comprised of 550 beautifully landscaped acres that includes the Noland Trail, a five-mile loop around The Mariners’ Lake.

For more than 85 years, The Mariners’ Museum and Park has been a cornerstone of Hampton Roads and is a major attraction for visitors from around the world. The Museum is a place of exploration for thousands of visitors annually—from families, to students, to history enthusiasts, to serious scholars and researchers. It is also the repository of many maritime companies’ archives and artifacts—including Chris Craft, Newport News Shipbuilding, USS Monitor, Pi-Craft, Newick Nautical Design and Hacker-Craft.

S.B. Besse, at the Museum, circa 1930sWriter and researcher S.B. Besse, at the Museum, circa 1930s

Our Commitment and Values

A Commitment to Excellence and Shared Values

Born of industry and the community we serve, we are committed to providing value to our visitors. The Mariners’ Museum and Park reflects quality and excellence across our campus and organization. Among the museum’s distinctive collections and programs:

  • The conservation of the USS Monitor in the Batten Conservation Complex, the world’s largest archaeological marine metals conservation facility;
  • The largest maritime library and archive in the Western Hemisphere;
  • The world-class International Small Craft Center;
  • Unparalleled collections of navigational instruments, figureheads, models and art; and
  • The top online resource, based on Google results, for Age of Exploration content of any educational or cultural institution in the country.

We execute against our four core functions—Exhibits, Programs, Research, and Conservation—with particular attention to our core values: Respect, Excellence, Integrity, Action, Relevance, and Teamwork.

The Lions BridgeThe Lions Bridge, at The Mariners’ Park


For gifts starting at $5,000, your company is entitled to benefits that can include free admission, invitations, recognition, discounts, tours, and employee team building opportunities.

Specific benefits can include:

  • Transferable membership cards;
  • Complimentary Museum admission passes;
  • Invitations to select special events;
  • Invitations to the annual Mariners’ Corporate Leadership Council meeting;
  • Recognition as a corporate sponsor of Museum or Park programs, events, and exhibitions;
  • Recognition in Annual Giving Report and on Museum Donor Wall;
  • Exclusive, behind-the-scene tours;
  • Complimentary and discounted rental spaces; and
  • Onsite volunteer opportunities for company employees.

USS <em>Monitor</em> replicaUSS Monitor replica, outside the USS Monitor Center

For more information and to support The Mariners’ Museum and Park, please contact
Sabrina Jones, Director of Strategic Partnerships, at (757) 591-7708 or email