U.S. Naval Academy Museum

U.S. Naval Academy Museum The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of visitors each year.
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The museum has on display a model of the US Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix De Weldon which was presented to the muse...
02/21/2020

The museum has on display a model of the US Marine Corps War Memorial by Felix De Weldon which was presented to the museum in 1946 by General Alexander A Vandegrift, USMC. The full size memorial in Arlington was dedicated in 1954.

02/21/2020
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Naval History & Heritage Command

The battle for Iwo Jima was one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific theater. Join us as we learn more about what went into the design and construction of the United States Marine Corps War Memorial. #IwoJima #WWII75

On this day in 1847, SECNAV Mason (photo) issues directions for midshipmen clothing and sundries at the Naval School in ...
02/19/2020

On this day in 1847, SECNAV Mason (photo) issues directions for midshipmen clothing and sundries at the Naval School in Annapolis:
-1 good dark blue jacket
-1 good dark blue vest
-1 pr dark blue cloth pantaloons
-6 white shirts
-6prs socks
-4prs drawers
-6 pocket handkerchiefs
-2 sheets, 6 pillow cases, 6 towels
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Please just us tomorrow (19 Feburary) for another installment of our VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture series at...
02/18/2020

Please just us tomorrow (19 Feburary) for another installment of our VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture series at 1230 in the museum's second deck theater. Dr. Gurpartap "GP" Sandhoo, Supintendent, Spacecraft Engineering Division, Naval Research Laboratory will present "Space Systems Research & Development for Naval Operations Past, Present, & Future"

U.S. Naval Academy Museum
02/14/2020

U.S. Naval Academy Museum

234 years ago today, France became the first country to salute the United States flag. The event occurred when Captain John Paul Jones sailed into Quiberon Bay on board the Continental Navy ship Ranger and exchanged salutes with Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte. Congress gave command of the Ranger to Jones on June 14, 1777, the same day that they voted to adopt the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag.

There had been one earlier salute to an American flag in November 1776. The commander of Fort Oranje on the Dutch island of St. Eustatius fired a salute to the Continental Navy brig Andrew Doria as she sailed into port flying the Grand Union flag. However, this is not recognized as the first official salute for two reasons. First, Congress never passed a resolution recognizing the Grand Union as the national flag. Second, the commander of Fort Oranje acted on his own initiative when he ordered the salute. This infuriated the British who threatened to declare war on the Netherlands unless its government disavowed his actions. He was later recalled home to explain why he gave the order.

The latest episode of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is now available: "The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story o...
02/12/2020
‎Preble Hall: The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story of the Navy during the Vietnam War on Apple Podcasts

The latest episode of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is now available: "The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story of the Navy during the Vietnam War". Hampton Roads Naval Museum Director John Pentangelo and Director of Education Laura Orr discuss the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and the special exhibit currently on display in Norfolk with USNA Museum Dr. Claude Berube.

‎Show Preble Hall, Ep The 10,000-Day War at Sea: Telling the Story of the Navy during the Vietnam War - Feb 11, 2020

As seen in a previous post, on this day, 7 February 1984, Naval Aviator/Astronaut Bruce McCandless II made the first unt...
02/07/2020

As seen in a previous post, on this day, 7 February 1984, Naval Aviator/Astronaut Bruce McCandless II made the first untethered spacewalk. That same year he donated to the museum the "58 IS GREAT" banner he had taken with him on that mission to honor his Naval Academy Class of 1958.

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02/07/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD February 7, 1984, Naval Aviator/Astronaut Bruce McCandless II makes the first untethered spacewalk as he flies some 300 feet from the Space Shuttle Challenger in the first test of the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).

McCandless used hand controls to regulate his movement from a nitrogen-propelled backpack apparatus that allowed free movement in space. Fellow crew members used a 70mm camera to take the famous photograph through windows on the flight deck.

The museum has two episodes of the Preble Hall podcast up this week. You can learn about the life of Naval Academy gradu...
01/31/2020
Preble Hall Podcast

The museum has two episodes of the Preble Hall podcast up this week. You can learn about the life of Naval Academy graduate Philo McGiffin who served in the Chinese navy in the late 19th century and also the history of early naval aviation at Annapolis. Give it a listen, and leave a comment if you have ideas for future episodes.

Preble Hall Podcast page for Museum at USNA.edu. Updated Sat Jan 18 20:00:09 EST 2020.

Naval History & Heritage Command
01/31/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

When news of the Merrimack‘s resurrection reached the Union’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, he knew the U.S. Navy had to commission its own armored vessel to challenge Merrimack.

#OTD in 1862, the first of the ironclads, USS Monitor, is launched, just 18 days ahead of the repaired and up-armored Merrimack, rechristened by the Confederacy as CSS Virginia.

Powered by steam alone, Monitor was the first American warship with no masts or sails, signaling the beginning of the end of the era of wooden warships.

Learn more here: https://go.usa.gov/xdbnN

Please join us for the museum's Spring 2020 VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture Series, sponsored through the gene...
01/15/2020

Please join us for the museum's Spring 2020 VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture Series, sponsored through the generosity of the Class of 1950 Endowment. All lectures are at 1230 in museum's theater on the second deck.

Naval History & Heritage Command
01/14/2020

Naval History & Heritage Command

John A. Dahlgren is often called the "father of American naval ordnance." Over a period of 15 years, from 1847 to 1862, he designed and produced several large-caliber naval guns including a boat howitzer and the eponymous Dahlgren gun—which would later become the most common cannon mounted on board U.S. Navy ships during the Civil War.

Learn more about Admiral Dahlgren here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/historical-figures/john-a-dahlgren.html

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the birth of Howard Chandler Christy, one of the most successful commercial artists...
01/10/2020

Today marks the 148th anniversary of the birth of Howard Chandler Christy, one of the most successful commercial artists of the 20th century. He had strong connections to the United States Navy and the Naval Academy, producing recruiting posters, Christmas card art, and what became known as his "Navy Girls", among many other works of art with Navy themes. The museum holds dozens of his works, including the original watercolor of one of his most famous images, which served as the "Gee I Wish I Were A Man" WWI recruiting poster. Christy then dedicated the original to the USS Texas. The museum acquired it from the Texas in 1924. It was most recently displayed in the museum's "Ability Not Gender" exhibition which presented the history of the first forty years of women midshipmen at USNA from June 2016 through May 2017.

New episodes of the museum's Preble Hall naval history podcast are available. Navy innovation, the Royal Navy and the Ba...
01/09/2020

New episodes of the museum's Preble Hall naval history podcast are available. Navy innovation, the Royal Navy and the Barbary States, and the Home Squadron are among the subjects covered by the latest installments.

https://www.usna.edu/Museum/PrebleHall/index.php

The Naval Academy Museum wishes a happy New Year to everyone home and abroad, where some of the fleet is already in 2020...
12/31/2019
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The Naval Academy Museum wishes a happy New Year to everyone home and abroad, where some of the fleet is already in 2020.

(New Year's Day 2020 Deck Log Entry) By Quartermaster 3rd Class Sara Nevison,Deployed at Sea on USS

Naval History & Heritage Command
12/24/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD December 24, 1814: The Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812. Great Britain agrees to relinquish claims to the Northwest Territory, and both countries pledge to work toward ending the slave trade. America, in turn, gains influence as a foreign power.

Learn more about the War of 1812 here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/1812.html

12/23/2019

The Naval Academy Museum will be closed on December 24 and 25. We will reopen to the public on December 26.

Naval History & Heritage Command
12/22/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD December 22, 1775: Congress commissions the first naval officers: Commander-in-Chief of the Fleet Esek Hopkins; Captains Dudley Saltonstall, Abraham Whipple, Nicolas Biddle, and John Hopkins; and 13 lieutenants including John Paul Jones.

Learn more about the Navy's founding leaders here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/people/historical-figures.html

Naval History & Heritage Command
12/21/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD December 21, 1968: Apollo 8 launches with Capt. James A. Lovell, Jr. as the command module pilot. During the mission Lovell is one of the first two people to see the far side of the moon. The mission lasts six days and three hours and includes 10 moon orbits. Recovery is executed by HS-4 helicopters from USS Yorktown (CVS 10).

Learn more about the Apollo 8 mission here: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/exploration-and-innovation/navy-and-space-exploration/Apollo_8_NASA.html

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12/20/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

When the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology and Conservation Laboratory received over 1,000 artifacts from the Revolutionary War shipwreck assemblage of Royal Savage in 2015, conservators recognized that a number of these artifacts were personal effects of the sailors and officers who sailed aboard the schooner.

Learn more about how buttons are the oldest form of personal artifacts and their significance below.

Naval History & Heritage Command
12/16/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD December 16, 1907: The Great White Fleet departs Hampton Roads, Va. to circumnavigate the world in 14 months, a journey of 43,000 miles that included 20 port calls across six continents. Fourteen thousand Sailors and Marines participated in the voyage, leaving a lasting legacy at home and abroad.

Learn more about the Great White Fleet here: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/histories/ship-histories/the-great-white-fleet.html

Naval History & Heritage Command
12/14/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

On Dec. 14, 1944, 75 years ago, an act of Congress established the rank of Fleet Admiral, U.S. Navy, (five stars), precipitated by the rapid buildup of U.S. military forces during World War II. The first five- star admirals were Adm. William D. Leahy, Adm. Ernest J. King, and Adm. Chester W. Nimitz. Adm. William F. Halsey joined the select group on Dec. 11, 1945. The legislation included a “sunset clause” that terminated six months after the formal cessation of hostilities the presidential authority to appoint officers to the five-star rank.

For more: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/n/the-navys-world-war-ii-era-fleet-admirals.html

The museum's Preble Hall podcast has a new episode featuring museum curator Grant Walker discussing the 17th century Ang...
12/13/2019
‎Preble Hall on Apple Podcasts

The museum's Preble Hall podcast has a new episode featuring museum curator Grant Walker discussing the 17th century Anglo-Dutch Wars.

‎History · 2019

In 1926 Midshipman George B. Stallings attended the Army-Navy game in Chicago and put these into his scrapbook:
12/12/2019

In 1926 Midshipman George B. Stallings attended the Army-Navy game in Chicago and put these into his scrapbook:

Do you have your invitation for the Army-Navy  game this weekend?
12/11/2019

Do you have your invitation for the Army-Navy game this weekend?

12/07/2019
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday

An important message.

This has been a devastating week for our U.S. Navy family. Our hearts break for those who lost their lives in Pensacola and the wrenching pain it causes their loved ones. When tragedy hits, as it did today, and Wednesday in Pearl Harbor, it is felt by all. Those who grieve do not do so alone. We grieve together alongside you. We serve together as one team, as one Fleet, as part of one Joint Force. As shipmates - uniform and civilian, active and reserve - we must come together to be the strength and support for those who need us now. No one should feel alone. There are many resources available for us all - including counselors, chaplains and mental health professionals. We must look out for each other and take care of one another. That extra effort to extend a hand or lend an ear to those who need help, should never be underestimated. It will make a difference.

Lt. (j.g.) Stanton F. Kalk, USNA 1916
12/06/2019

Lt. (j.g.) Stanton F. Kalk, USNA 1916

On the evening of 6 December 1917, Jacob Jones was torpedoed by German U-53 off the Isles of Scilly, southwest of England, while on patrol. Efforts by the crew to save the ship failed and the commander ordered her abandoned.

Thirty-eight survivors huddled together on boats and rafts awaiting rescue. During the wait, Lt. (j.g.) Stanton F. Kalk swam from one raft to another in an attempt to equalize weight on them and preserve the lives of his men. In helping save them, Kalk overtaxed his own strength and finally died of exposure and exhaustion. For his heroism, Lt. (j.g.) Kalk was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal

Read more about the sinking of Jacob Jones here: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-i/history/the-sinking-of-jacob-jones.html

Naval History & Heritage Command
12/06/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

#OTD December 6, 1917: During World War I, German submarine U-53 torpedoes and sinks USS Jacob Jones (DD-61) off England with the loss of 64 lives. U-53s commanding officer, Hans Rose, in a rare gesture, reports the 38 survivors drift location to the American base in Queenstown, Ireland.

Learn more about the Navy's role in World War I here: https://www.history.navy.mil/browse-by-topic/wars-conflicts-and-operations/world-war-i.html

Another installment of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is available. In this episode a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman in...
12/03/2019
‎Preble Hall: The USNA Honor Concept, Rickover, & Naval Leadership on Apple Podcasts

Another installment of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is available. In this episode a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman interviews Vice Admiral James Sagerholm, President of the Class of 1952 who, with others, created the honor concept in 1951 that is still in place today. VADM Sagerholm also discusses his own experience with Admiral Hyman Rickover.

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-usna-honor-concept-rickover-naval-leadership/id1485514337?i=1000458423271

‎Show Preble Hall, Ep The USNA Honor Concept, Rickover, & Naval Leadership - Dec 2, 2019

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. The museum will close at 1600 on Wednesday, 27 November and Friday, 29 N...
11/27/2019

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. The museum will close at 1600 on Wednesday, 27 November and Friday, 29 November.

United States Naval Academy
11/27/2019

United States Naval Academy

The U.S. Naval Academy family is deeply saddened by the passing of ADM James L. Holloway III.

ADM Holloway reported to the Academy in the summer of 1939 as a member of the Class of 1943, but graduated in 1942 as a member of the first three-year class accelerated by WWII. His long and storied Naval career saw action in WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. In 1974, the Naval Academy welcomed ADM Holloway back to the Yard for his CNO assumption of command. After leaving active duty in mid-1978, Admiral Holloway remained closely involved with maritime and military affairs. His contributions to the historical community include long service as President and Chairman of the Naval Historical Foundation. In 1988, ADM Holloway presided over the dedication of Holloway Road on the Yard, which remains a family namesake to this day.

ADM Holloway's life of service epitomizes the Naval Academy's mission to graduate leaders dedicated to a career of naval service with potential to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government. His classmates summarized him best in the 1943 Lucky Bag Yearbook: "A credit to the Navy, a sincere friend, a scholar, a gentleman, Jim will be the Naval officer John Paul Jones hoped we all might be.”

U.S. Naval Institute
11/26/2019

U.S. Naval Institute

#RIP Admiral James L. Holloway III who passed away this morning at the age of 97. Holloway was the 20th Chief of Naval Operations and the son of a Four-Star Admiral. After serving in combat in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, he established the Navy's Nuclear Powered Carrier Program.

The latest episode of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is available. Navy Lieutenant Kai Cumpston of the U.S. Naval Acad...
11/25/2019
Preble Hall Podcast

The latest episode of the museum's Preble Hall podcast is available. Navy Lieutenant Kai Cumpston of the U.S. Naval Academy's History Department discusses a history of irregular warfare in maritime operations from Sir Francis Drake to Underwater Demolition Teams of World War II.

The Preble Hall Podcast page for the Museum Site on the USNA Website. This page was last updated on Mon Nov 25 13:00:10 EST 2019.

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118 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD
21402-5034

The area is served by three major airports, several private airfields, AmTrak, buses, and marinas.

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
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Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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