Historical Significance

Nauticus, The National Maritime Center, is a 120,000 square foot multi-level science center that opened in 1994 on the downtown waterfront on Norfolk, Virginia.  As a state-of-the-art educational science center, Nauticus features more than 150 exhibits including computer and video interactives, giant-screen films, exotic aquaria, touch pools, a weather display, and a shark petting exhibit.

The exhibit "Triumphs Through Science:  African American Visionaries" honors African American contributions to advancements in science, technology, and industry, introducing museum visitors to prominent and respected scientists and engineers and their areas of expertise and research.  The program highlights historic and contemporary African American scientists and inventors, defines many scientific principles, and explores the educational paths needed to establish rewarding careers in science, technology, and engineering.

Physical Description

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Geographical and Contact Information

One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, Virginia
Phone: 800-664-1080
Fax: 757-623-1287

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “Nauticus,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed June 19, 2019,

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