50 Years, 50 Model Ships: Newport News Exhibition Opens in August

They may be the most patient people on Virginia’s waterfront. The Hampton Roads Ship Model Society is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the Mariners’ Museum and Park in Newport News is opening a new exhibition to honor them.

Members of the Ship Model Society have been building painstaking, intricate models since 1967. The new exhibition will showcase more than 50 models created over the 50 years since the society formed. The ships range from military craft, pleasure boats, and historical ships like USS Monitor and CSS Virginia.

Gene Berger, the group’s president, said, “This exhibit represents a lifetime of effort by a group of modelers whose meticulous workmanship would otherwise go unappreciated.”

The exhibition opens Saturday, August 5 and will run through February 11, 2018. For more information about the exhibition, visit