Within the fort is the Casemate Museum, which chronicles the military history of Fort Monroe from the construction of Fort Algernourne, the first defensive fortification at the site in 1609, through the last major command to be headquartered at Fort Monroe, the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. The museum features the room where Jefferson Davis was held briefly as prisoner following the American Civil War, highlights the 1861 “Contraband of War” decision that granted three enslaved men, and thousands who followed, sanctuary at Fort Monroe, earning it the nickname “Freedom’s Fortress.”
Fees & Passes
Admission to the Casemate Museum is free and self-guided. The Casemate Museum is now open to the public on Wednesday through Sunday. A timed ticketed entry to the museum is required. You can make a reservation on line here or you can pick up same-day tickets, as available, at the Visitor & Education Center (VEC).
Call 757-788-3391 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
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National Park Service Partner Site
Stop by the Visitor & Education Center located at 30 Ingalls Road to get your NPS Passport stamped or learn about the Fort Monroe National Monument Junior Ranger Program.