A large and comprehensive maritime history museum, this treasure house contains an impressive collection, including figureheads, sip models, and small craft from around the world. The remains of the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor have a permanent home in the museum's new USS Monitor Center. The museum offers several exhibitions within its personal collection. The "Age of Exploration" exhibit chronicles the developments in shipbuilding, ocean navigation, and cartography that made the voyages of the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries possible. Ship models, rare books, illustrations, maps, navigational instruments, and other artifacts help bring the gallery to life.