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Nov 06

Discover the Treasures of NOAA’s Ark at The Mariners’ Museum

Posted on November 6, 2017 at 8:51 AM by Communications Department

Exhibit open through December 10 

Visit The Mariners’ Museum between now and December 10 to view the traveling exhibition Treasures of NOAA’s Ark. This exhibit explores the history of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has impacted people across the nation and world. As the organization has evolved and grown over the years, NOAA has become an international leader on scientific and environmental issues.noaa

The roots of NOAA date back to 1807 during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency when the country’s first scientific agency was established (originally called the Survey of the Coast) to map the nation’s coastline and produce nautical charts to keep mariners safe. Since its inception, the organization has been dedicated to coastal navigation and surveying, studying, and analyzing fisheries, maritime heritage, weather, environmental science, and hurricanes. Today, NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. 

Treasures of NOAA’s Ark features artifacts like 18th-century maps and early scientific instruments. The exhibition highlights NOAA’s legacy of science, service, and stewardship and explores how everyone is connected to the environment. For more information and for Mariner’s Museum hours and fees, visit their website at

Photo courtesy of The Mariners’ Museum