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The Reimagine Nauticus Campaign is a comprehensive $21.5 Million redesign project to align its educational programming with five, new, state-of-the-art exhibits and lobby space. These new exhibit galleries will focus on telling the story of the maritime environment, maritime industry and the military. Within this, Nauticus’ guiding objective is to become the leading Maritime Discovery Center in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

This two-fold project accomplishes that objective by (1) establishing a new, holistic educational approach focused on maritime-related sciences, careers and innovations and (2) creating a maritime-focused environment utilizing state-of-the-art exhibit experiences and engaging interactives.  This strategic alignment charts a course for the next generation of families, learners, and professionals.  A new Nauticus will provide students and visitors with access to STEM education and a broader understanding of career paths and opportunities, thereby creating a “pipeline” for maritime-related businesses and industry. 

Approximately 25,000 square feet of exhibit gallery space is reimagined in five separate visitor experiences. Each of the five new themes is founded in proven exhibit design principles of greater interactivity, engagement and participation, and utilizes leading approaches to greater sustainability, reliability and longevity. In addition to exhibit gallery, Nauticus’ lobby space will also be redesigned for an enhanced and modern visitor experience.

Campaign Leadership

Campaign Chairs

Paul Fraim

John Reinhart

Kelsey Host Sarcone

Director of Development & Marketing, Rehn West at (757) 664-1011.


We exist to benefit our community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources.


To become the leading maritime and science discovery center in the region.


The Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. The Nauticus Foundation is responsible for annual and capital fundraising, the development and expansion of Museum exhibits to include traveling exhibitions; educational programming centered around the principles of Nauticus’ STEM to STERN curriculum; interpretation and preservation efforts aboard the Battleship Wisconsin; community support such as the Student Access Program and scholarships for the Sail Nauticus Academy; and preservation, maintenance and programming aboard the schooner Virginia and Sail Nauticus’ sailing center.

Join us by investing in the future of Nauticus through the Reimagine Nauticus Campaign.

nauticus News

News and Updates

December 1, 2022
Cruise Giveaway Celebrates Carnival Partnership

Free cruise for two awaits one lucky WinterFest on the Wisconsin guest. Norfolk, Va. (Dec.1, 2022)— To celebrate the recent announcement that the Carnival Magic  will sail from Norfolk for six months in 2023, Nauticus and Carnival Cruise Line…

November 14, 2022

Carnival Cruise Line today announced it will more than double the fun and the cruises it offers from Norfolk, Virginia, in 2023, and extend sailings to a consecutive…

May 12, 2022
Largest Cruise Ship to Sail from Norfolk Arrives Sunday

Carnival resumes operations with 4,000-passenger vessel Photo Credit: GLF Investments Norfolk, Va. (May 12, 2022) — Mid-Atlantic cruisers will have their first chance to sail from Norfolk since 2019 as the 4,000-passenger Carnival Magic…

April 8, 2022
Nauticus Cruise Season Accelerates With Back-To-Back Ship Calls

Inaugural call of the Norwegian Gem set for Sunday; Norwegian Getaway returns on Monday Norfolk, Va. (April 8, 2022) — More than 5,000 cruise ship passengers are planning their Norfolk arrival over the coming days as Nauticus…

March 23, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates Partnership with Norfolk

World’s largest cruise line presents cake to Norfolk City Council Photo Credit: Nathalie Silva Ariz Norfolk, Va. (March 23, 2022) — On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Carnival Cruise Line presented a special birthday cake to Norfolk City…

February 18, 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sunday Arrival Launches Norfolk’s Busiest Season

First large-scale cruise ship since pause in port operations arrives at Nauticus on Sunday Norwegian Getaway. PC: NCL Norfolk, Va. (February 18, 2022) – Nearly two years after the Covid-19 pandemic paused the global…

October 20, 2021
Construction Begins on Norfolk’s New $2.6 Million Cruise Ship Gangway

Nauticus prepares for one of its busiest cruise seasons in 2022. Norfolk, Va. (October 20, 2021) – An enormous crane takes center stage along Norfolk’s downtown waterfront this week as construction begins on…

October 6, 2021
Nauticus Welcomes Arrival of New Passenger Gangway and Cruise Ship

Preparations underway for one of the busiest cruise seasons ever in 2022. Norfolk, Va. (October 5, 2021) – Norfolk’s cruise ship program stages a comeback this week as the global industry begins to re-emerge from the…

February 20, 2020
Carnival Cruise Line Makes Five-Year Commitment to Norfolk

Norfolk to host its largest passenger vessel in 2021 NORFOLK, VA – Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest leisure travel company, has signed a landmark agreement to bolster its long-term partnership with Norfolk.  The…