Meet the Objects Conservator

The Mariners' Museum and Park
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Adult: $13.95
  • Child: $8.95
  • Seniors: $12.95

Maritime Connections lectures are free with Museum admission, but reserving a seat is suggested as seating is limited. Reserve seats at

This is a new lecture series presented by The Mariners' Museum and Park staff. Go behind the scenes of the Museum and explore our collection while learning about the work the staff does. You are likely familiar with the impressive and high-profile conservation treatment of the USS Monitor by the Mariners' Museum and Park's skilled team of archaeological conservators. However, the Museum also houses more than 32,000 artifacts in the General Collection, including 18,000 three-dimensional objects, which also require the tender, love and care of conservators.

Join Assistant Objects Conservator, Paige Schmidt, for an inside look at the conservation treatment, preventive care, and technical analysis of some of the institution's treasured artifacts, and learn more about the stewardship of "America's National Maritime" collection.