During an eventful 2015, visitation at the Casemate Museum totaled 40,999, an 8.5% increase from the previous year. In addition to daily guests, the museum hosted 245 guided tours and welcomed over 1,500 students, including every senior class from Hampton City Schools.
Serving as the visitor contact station for the Fort Monroe National Monument, the museum manages the National Park Service (NPS) Passport Stamp station and administered the education, testing, and confirmation of over 300 NPS Junior Rangers in 2015. NPS Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell toured the museum and discussed ongoing and future partnership opportunities, recognizing the museum’s vital role in supporting the Fort Monroe National Monument. Throughout 2015, the museum developed new educational programming and expanded outreach offerings, while continuing to partner with the NPS and other stakeholder groups.
Looking forward to 2016, the Casemate Museum will be celebrating its 65th birthday and opening two new exhibits. These exhibits will interpret the original Jefferson Davis cell door, and the Contraband Decision that took place at Fort Monroe during the American Civil War.