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Fort Monroe Visitor & Education Center and Casemate Museum

The Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense
The Casemate Museum at Fort Monroe is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

EXPLORE FORT MONROE’S HISTORY

Completed in 1834, Fort Monroe was originally designed to protect the Hampton Roads waterway from an enemy attack and is the largest stone fort in America.   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.”


THE VISITOR & EDUCATION CENTER AND CASEMATE MUSEUM–TEMPORARILY CLOSED

Due to rising regional and national cases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fort Monroe Visitor and Education Center and the Casemate Museum will temporarily close to the public starting Wednesday, November 25. The Fort Monroe Authority’s top priority is to protect the health and safety of its visitors and staff. We anticipate reopening after the new year and will announce a date at a later time. We are closely monitoring guidance from local governments, public health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Our museum and visitor center doors may be temporarily closed, but your access to Fort Monroe and all it offers continues! Check us out at www.fortmonroe.org and follow us on social media at Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort on Facebook and Fort Monroe’s Casemate Museum Facebook page.

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.


VOLUNTEER AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

The Casemate Museum welcomes volunteers in many capacities including tour guides, museum greeters, and administrative assistants.
Application Procedure: Email or post the Casemate Museum Application to Jan Clapp Bomar, Visitor and Education Center Manager. Direct application inquiries to the same: 757-690-8073, email: jbomar@fortmonroe.org
Museum Greeter Volunteer Position Description
Museum Tour Guide Volunteer Position Description
Casemate Museum Volunteer Application_fillable

Fort Monroe Authority/Casemate Museum has several internship opportunities available.
Application Procedure:
Email or post cover letter, application, resume, transcripts (unofficial), 2 academic/professional references, and availability to Amber Inwood, Education Program Manager, Casemate Museum. Direct application inquiries to the same: 757-690-8065, email: ainwood@fortmonroe.org
Museum Studies Intern — Unpaid Position Description
Casemate Museum Volunteer_Intern Application_fillable2


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.

Historic Structure Report-Structural Monitoring and Testing at the Casemate Museum


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.

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