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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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

Naval History & Heritage Command
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.

For only the second time in more than a century, the British Royal Standard taken by U.S. Navy and Army forces from the ...
11/20/2019

For only the second time in more than a century, the British Royal Standard taken by U.S. Navy and Army forces from the Battle of York in 1813 will be on display for faculty, staff, midshipmen and the public at Dahlgren Hall until 1600. Staff are available on site to answer questions. The flag is about 29' x 30'.

11/18/2019

The museum will be closed for a private event starting at 1200 on Wednesday, 20 November.

Naval History & Heritage Command
11/12/2019

Naval History & Heritage Command

"#OTD November 12, 1912 - Lt. Theodore Ellyson makes the first successful launch of an airplane (A-3) by catapult at the Washington Navy Yard.

Learn more about the early years of naval aviation here: https://go.usa.gov/xpgZV"

11/11/2019

Over half the staff of the museum are veterans representing the Army, Air Force, and Navy. The entire staff is proud to tell the stories and display the history of the Naval Academy, the Navy, and the Marine Corps, especially on Veteran's Day. Thank you to all who have served.

The final resting place of Commander John A. Moore (USNA 1932) and the crew of the USS Grayback has been found after 75 ...
11/11/2019
Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa

The final resting place of Commander John A. Moore (USNA 1932) and the crew of the USS Grayback has been found after 75 years.

Private explorers found the U.S.S. Grayback beneath 1,400 feet of water after realizing that a mistranslated Japanese war record had pointed searchers in the wrong direction.

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thank you to all Marines, past and present.
11/10/2019

We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Thank you to all Marines, past and present.

Happy Birthday U.S. Marine Corps! 🎂 Since the 1790s, U.S. Navy has done little without the involvement of the Marine Corps.

On Nov. 10, 1775, the Continental Congress established two battalions of Marines who would be “able to serve for and during the present war between Great Britain and the colonies, unless dismissed by order of Congress.”

After 244 years of partnership with the U.S. Navy, the bond between the two services has never been stronger—from fighting for our country’s independence during the American Revolution to raising the American flag at the Battle for Iwo Jima, “until every battle is won.” The Navy is proud to have the U.S. Marines as a partner, and we wish the Devil Dogs a happy birthday.

Learn more about our unique relationship here: https://go.usa.gov/xpgWr

On 12 November, the USNA Museum will present a Shifley Lecture from Caroline Johnson, USNA 2009. She will be talking abo...
11/08/2019

On 12 November, the USNA Museum will present a Shifley Lecture from Caroline Johnson, USNA 2009. She will be talking about her book, "Jet Girl My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy's Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet".

The lecture is in the theater on the museum's second deck and starts at 1230.

The VADM Ralph L. and Frances Shifley Lecture Series is presented through the Class of 1950 Endowment.

The Naval Academy Museum Preble Hall podcast is now up and running. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners...
11/07/2019
Preble Hall Podcast

The Naval Academy Museum Preble Hall podcast is now up and running. Preble Hall will interview historians, practitioners, military personnel, and other experts on a variety of naval history topics from ancient history to current events. We invite you to take a listen.

The Preble Hall Podcast page for the Museum Site on the USNA Website. This page was last updated on Wed Nov 06 10:56:47 EST 2019.

Three phases of USNA Chapel construction. The first two photos are from an American Architect and Building News article ...
11/04/2019

Three phases of USNA Chapel construction. The first two photos are from an American Architect and Building News article from July, 1908 describing the newly rebuilt Academy. They show the Chapel being constructed c. 1905 and how it looked when it was dedicated in 1908. The third photo is from a midshipman's scrapbook and shows the 1929 project to remove the original terra-cotta dome and replace it with copper. The photo was probably taken from Bancroft Hall. The last photograph was taken this morning, and shows progress on the current round of Chapel renovations which will include the replacement of the current copper dome. The nave was extended about 150 feet in 1939, which is why the 1907 photo and the 2019 photo look slightly different. United States Naval Academy

Naval History & Heritage Command
10/31/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

With the discovery of what may be USS Johnston, we reflect on the crew, most especially Commander Ernest Evans.

“The Johnston was a fighting ship, but he was the heart and soul of her.”

Read more below.

#OTD October 29, 1814: The first steam-powered U.S. Navy warship, Fulton, launches at New York City. The museum holds ma...
10/29/2019

#OTD October 29, 1814: The first steam-powered U.S. Navy warship, Fulton, launches at New York City. The museum holds many records related to the construction of the U.S. Steam Frigate Fulton the 1st (as it was referred to at the time), including the letter from Secretary of the Navy William Jones authorizing the construction, receipts for materials, receipts for printing a circular and a flag for the launching, and even a letter from the Secretary of the Navy asking if payments could be made in Treasury notes, because "the expenditures of this Department have pressed very heavy upon the Treasury during the preceding part of the year owing to the extensive and rapid preparation of our forces on the Lakes...". Naval History & Heritage Command United States Naval Academy.

Naval History & Heritage Command
10/28/2019
Naval History & Heritage Command

Naval History & Heritage Command

Retired Rear Adm. Byron Fuller, a naval aviator who spent almost six years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, died with his family by his side in Atlantic Beach, FL, recently. He was 91.

Fuller was forced to eject from his downed A-4 Skyhawk over North Vietnam on July 14, 1967, and was subsequently captured, tortured, and left for dead. A fellow POW nursed him back to health only to see him thrown into solitary confinement for the next 25 months. He would not be released from the prison camp—the “Hanoi Hilton”—until 1973.

Read more about this American hero below.

The midshipman Battle of Drepana reenactment at USNA went off this morning. For the highlights, follow this Twitter thre...
10/26/2019
USNA Museum on Twitter

The midshipman Battle of Drepana reenactment at USNA went off this morning. For the highlights, follow this Twitter thread:

“The @USNAMuseum will use this thread to tweet about this morning’s simulation of the #BattleofDrepana with a class of student from the History Dept’s Anciebt History Class Follow along for updates and hot takes from the preparations and engagement of the two fleets.”

10/25/2019

The fourth iteration of the museum's War of 1812 Schoolhouse at Sea gets underway from Fort McHenry tomorrow. A group of midshipmen will be on the ship LYNX through the weekend, along with USNA professors and staff getting first-hand experience of what it was like to be a sailor two hundred years ago while learning about the War of 1812 in the Chesapeake.

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the second day of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Admiral (then Captain) Cato Glover, comm...
10/24/2019

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the second day of the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Admiral (then Captain) Cato Glover, commanding officer of the USS Enterprise during the battle, donated the ensign flown on the Enterprise during the battle to the Naval Academy Museum in August of 1945. The ensign is approximately 55" x 119". The second photo shows the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuiho under attack by planes from USS Enterprise during the Battle off Cape Engano, 25 October 1944. [National Archives photo] United States Naval Academy Naval History & Heritage Command

Address

118 Maryland Ave
Annapolis, MD
21402-5034

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

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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