Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center and Casemate Museum
EXPLORE FORT MONROE’S HISTORY
Start your visit at the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center (VEC) where you can get information about the area, pick up guided maps for the walking tour and the Fort Monroe National Monument. You can also pick up your ticket for a FREE visit to the Casemate Museum, and learn about other visitor experience and special tours.
The Casemate Museum is located within the walls of the largest masonry fort constructed in the United States. The museum chronicles over 400 years of history of Point Comfort and Fort Monroe where many decisions were made that impact the foundation and future of the United States. Housed inside the original casemates where several of the fort’s large guns remain in place, exhibits and dioramas explain the construction of the fort, what daily life was like through the ages and tell the stories of the many famous, an infamous, people who were here. There is also a Museum Shop inside the museum.
THE VISITOR & EDUCATION CENTER AND CASEMATE MUSEUM–OPEN WEDNESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
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 or you can pick up same-day tickets, as available, at the Visitor & Education Center (VEC).
All visits begin at the Visitor & Education Center, 30 Ingalls Road, Fort Monroe, VA. Come early to explore the exhibits and take in the view from the rooftop terrace, but please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled reservation time for your museum visit. Staff at the VEC will check you in, orient you to Fort Monroe, give you your ticket and direct you to the Casemate Museum entrance. Free times tickets may be reserved here
The Visitor & Education Center is open 9:30am to 4:30pm. The Casemate Museum is open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, with last timed entry at 3:30pm. Both the Visitor & Education Center and the Casemate Museum are free of charge. There is ample parking in front of and behind the Visitor & Education Center. Accessible parking and entrances are behind the building.
If you need to cancel or change your reservation call 757-690-8181; staff will assist with re-scheduling or canceling your visit.
For GROUP TOURS and visits please contact staff at the Visitor & Education Center.
For more information and details call 757-690-8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can explore Fort Monroe and visit us virtually at Virtural Tour. You can also enjoy the outdoors and take a newly designed walking tour through the Old Fort. Pick up a guide at either site or access it here Walking Tour Guide.
We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum and Visitor Center.
Fort Monroe is looking to grow our dedicated team of volunteers. We welcome volunteers to assist in many ways at the Visitor and Education Center (VEC) and the Casemate Museum (CM).
Volunteers at the museum and visitor center enable us to keep our doors open six days a week, all year round. From greeting visitors, interpreting one of the many exhibits, conducting tours and helping with school groups.
Fort Monroe encourages family or group volunteering opportunities, and endeavors to place applicants with various backgrounds, ages, and interests into appropriate positions. Students with community service requirements for school or service organizations can fulfill their commitment too.
Here are some areas where volunteers can assist:
Visitor Engagement: Greet visitors, assist in ticketing, provide information, respond to inquiries, give tours, interpret exhibits.
Public Programs: conduct outreach, support special events, assist with publicity.
Educational Programs: help with school groups, conduct special tours, assist with special activities.
Archives: catalog books/maps/photographs/documents; create inventories and finding aids, scan and document photographs and other materials.
Collections: catalog items; research artifacts; assist with archaeology.
General: research, podcasting, social media, producing printed materials.
If you would like to volunteer, email us at email@example.com or call 757 690-8181.
FACES OF FORT MONROE
Did you or someone you know live, work, or serve at Fort Monroe while it was an active military installation? If so we would love to hear from you. Please click on the link below to complete the “Faces of Fort Monroe” form.
Faces of Fort Monroe Form
HISTORIC STRUCTURE REPORT–STRUCTURAL MONITORING AND TESTING AT THE CASEMATE MUSEUM
The Fort Monroe Authority and the National Park Service are partnering to complete an Historic Structure Report (HSR) for the the Casemate Museum. This work will continue through June 2015. The HSR will create greater understanding of the Casemate Museum section of the fortification to help address ongoing structural and aesthetic issues in a manner sensitive to the historic structure and character of the Fort Monroe National Monument and National Historic Landmark. Funding for this project is provided by the National Park Service and a grant from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. Click the link below to learn more about this project.
PRESERVING THE TOWER CLOCKS AT FORT MONROE, VIRGINIA
Please download and read the article originally published in The Journal of the Tower & Street Clock, Chapter #134 – NAWCC, Issue No. 27.DOWNLOAD