National Museum of the American Sailor

National Museum of the American Sailor Welcome to the National Museum of the American Sailor, an official Navy museum dedicated to telling the story of the Navy's enlisted Sailor!

Stop by our tables at the Naval Station Great Lakes 4th of July Celebration! We’re landing paper airplanes on an aircr...
07/04/2019

Stop by our tables at the Naval Station Great Lakes 4th of July Celebration! We’re landing paper airplanes on an aircraft carrier, talking about upcoming events, and meeting local heroes!

Happy Independence Day from the National Museum of the American Sailor! Stop by our table at Naval Station Great Lakes' ...
07/04/2019

Happy Independence Day from the National Museum of the American Sailor! Stop by our table at Naval Station Great Lakes' 4th of July Celebration, open from 3 pm to 10 pm today.

07/04/2019

In observation of Independence Day, the museum will be closed today. The museum will reopen tomorrow, July 5, 2019 at 9am CST.

**It's #TriviaTuesday! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. This week is Navy ...
07/02/2019

**It's #TriviaTuesday! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. This week is Navy ship trivia. Name that ship.

“I began my first overseas cruise on July 3, 1815, just one day before the 39th Independence Day. I dropped in and out of Navy service over the years, and was finally decommissioned for good in 1919. Who am I?”

**The answer will be posted Tomorrow at noon.**

Today is Canada Day! In celebration of Canada Day, we would like to recognize our Exhibits Specialist, Ian LaBlance. Ian...
07/01/2019

Today is Canada Day! In celebration of Canada Day, we would like to recognize our Exhibits Specialist, Ian LaBlance. Ian was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. Ian has also served over 22 years in the United States Navy as an Electronics Specialist (ET). Ian is the lead specialist in designing and fabricating the museum’s newest exhibits. Join us in thanking this hard working Navy veteran. Happy Canada Day, Ian!

Due to the amount of attention our Facebook trivia question on Navy actors  received earlier this month, we decided to e...
06/29/2019
From the Golden Age of Hollywood to the Bronze Star: Henry Fonda : Henry Fonda and the Navy

Due to the amount of attention our Facebook trivia question on Navy actors received earlier this month, we decided to expand upon Henry Fonda’s naval service for this month’s blog. Click below to read more.

by Madison Basso, Contract Curator Due to the amount of attention our Facebook trivia question on Navy actors received earlier this month, we decided to expand upon Henry Fonda’s naval service for…

We had an early morning visitor today!
06/25/2019

We had an early morning visitor today!

**It's TRIVIA TUESDAY! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. Name the object be...
06/25/2019

**It's TRIVIA TUESDAY! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. Name the object below.

This week's theme is the SECRETS OF WORLD WAR II

“I was the Keeper of Secrets in WWII. I was sworn to secrecy throughout the war and the post-war years. My closest friend's name was Specialist Q. What am I?”

**The answer will be posted Tomorrow at noon.**

This month is LGBT Pride MonthThe struggles, sacrifices, and successes among the LGBT community continue to shape our hi...
06/21/2019

This month is LGBT Pride Month

The struggles, sacrifices, and successes among the LGBT community continue to shape our history and remind us to uphold tolerance and justice for all. Integrity and respect are fundamental qualities of our military and civilian culture.

We continue to take great pride in all that these men and women contribute to the nation and our mission. Their hard work, courage, and sacrifices make them respected members of our diverse military family.

Check out this week’s Great Lakes Bulletin https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrma/pdfs/NAVSTA_Great_Lakes/bu...
06/21/2019

Check out this week’s Great Lakes Bulletin

https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrma/pdfs/NAVSTA_Great_Lakes/bulletin/GLB_21June2019.pdf

In this week's Great Lakes Bulletin, we cover the #NJROTC Area 3 Leadership Academy, take a look at this year's Naval Station Great Lakes July 4th Celebration, train with Training Support Center (TSC) Great Lakes civilians, and, as always, meet the #USNavy's newest Sailors graduating from U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command.

June 21 issue: https://www.cnic.navy.mil/content/dam/cnic/cnrma/pdfs/NAVSTA_Great_Lakes/bulletin/GLB_21June2019.pdf

Back issues:
https://www.cnic.navy.mil/regions/cnrma/installations/ns_great_lakes/about/news.html

It’s always a great day when a sailor is promoted! Congratulations!
06/21/2019
U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command

It’s always a great day when a sailor is promoted! Congratulations!

Congratulations to RTC's newest first class petty officers!

On August 3rd, 2019, Brick By Brick LEGO Ship Building is coming to Great Lakes! Will you be there?
06/20/2019

On August 3rd, 2019, Brick By Brick LEGO Ship Building is coming to Great Lakes! Will you be there?

Come experience the remarkable stories of the Vietnam War veterans in a unique one-on-one setting on July 13th!
06/19/2019

Come experience the remarkable stories of the Vietnam War veterans in a unique one-on-one setting on July 13th!

**It's TRIVIA TUESDAY! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. Pick whichever emo...
06/18/2019

**It's TRIVIA TUESDAY! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. Pick whichever emoji that best represents the correct answer. **

How well do you know “Navy Slang”?

I’m often referred to as a “geedunk”. What Am I?

**The answer will be posted Tomorrow at noon.**

Happy Flag Day! You know Betsy Ross famously sewed the first flag, but did you also know she was married to two sailors?...
06/14/2019

Happy Flag Day! You know Betsy Ross famously sewed the first flag, but did you also know she was married to two sailors?

In 1777, a young, widowed Betsy Ross married captain Joseph Ashburn, a privateer working on behalf of the American cause. He was captured by the British in 1781 and imprisoned in England. There, he perished of illness. A fellow imprisoned sailor, John Claypoole returned to the United States and gave Betsy the sad news. Betsy and Claypoole were married in 1783.

Image courtesy of Library of Congress.

**It's TRIVIA TUESDAY! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. Pick whichever emo...
06/11/2019

**It's TRIVIA TUESDAY! Each week, the National Museum of the American Sailor posts a trivia question. Pick whichever emoji that best represents the correct answer.**

We head to Hollywood this week for a question about actors in the Navy.

“I don’t want to be in a fake war in a studio” remarked this Hollywood actor at the beginning of WWII. He served for 3 years, first as a Quartermaster 3rd Class and later as a commissioned officer in the Pacific. Who is he?

Yesterday the National Museum of American Sailor remembered the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. We honored tho...
06/07/2019

Yesterday the National Museum of American Sailor remembered the 77th anniversary of the Battle of Midway. We honored those who passed and the mark they left on history. Thank you to all of our guests and our guest speaker, Commanding Officer of Naval Station Great Lakes, CAPT Raymond Leung. #honor #courage #commitment #service #BattleofMidway

06/06/2019
Will you be at our 1st Annual Brick By Brick Lego Event on August 3rd? Young builders can use STEM-based kits to build s...
06/05/2019

Will you be at our 1st Annual Brick By Brick Lego Event on August 3rd?

Young builders can use STEM-based kits to build ships from the keel up or use their imagination to create their own ships in the free play area.

The National Museum of the American Sailor is proud to announce the completion of our new special events space in Buildi...
06/05/2019

The National Museum of the American Sailor is proud to announce the completion of our new special events space in Building 42, the Hostess House! This expansion project included the demolition of interior office walls in the south end of the first deck of Building 42 and the removal of a drop ceiling which now exposes the facility's original hardwood beams and ceiling. Originally designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft and opened less than a year after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Hostess House welcomed almost a million sailors who trained at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center during WWII.

Are you looking for a unique space to host your military ceremony or an event for a military-affiliated group? Please visit our website for more information: https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/about-us/Military_Ceremonies.html

New summer flowers and plants at NMAS! We're getting geared up for summer and there's no better way than planting flower...
05/31/2019

New summer flowers and plants at NMAS! We're getting geared up for summer and there's no better way than planting flowers.

Our newest blog is posted! Ever wonder about the Brown Building we call home? Click the link to learn a little about its...
05/29/2019
Building 42: The Hostess with the Mostest

Our newest blog is posted! Ever wonder about the Brown Building we call home? Click the link to learn a little about its history and how it became the official National Museum of the American Sailor.

by Kelly Duffy, NMAS Deputy Director While thousands of visitors come to the National Museum of the American Sailor each year to view items from our historical artifact collection on display, our l…

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sailor in the Spotlight Meet Lt. Susan Cuddy, First Asian American W...
05/29/2019

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sailor in the Spotlight

Meet Lt. Susan Cuddy, First Asian American Woman in the Navy

Cuddy, who was born in Los Angeles in 1915, she was the first Asian American female to serve in the U.S. Navy when she joined the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) program during World War II.

As a 1940 graduate of San Diego State University, Cuddy joined the WAVES in 1942; she was also the first female gunnery officer achieving the rank of lieutenant. Upon exiting the service in 1947, she went to work for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Los Angeles in 1959.

05/27/2019

In observation of Memorial Day, the museum will be closed today. The museum will reopen tomorrow, May 28, 2019 at 9am CST.

Fleet Week kicked off this week in New York City. To celebrate, take a look back at these historic photos. Do you have a...
05/24/2019
These Old Photos Show What Fleet Week Used To Look Like

Fleet Week kicked off this week in New York City. To celebrate, take a look back at these historic photos.

Do you have a favorite memory from Fleet Week? Share it with us in the comments. Just remember keep it clean for our family audience.

For this year's Fleet Week, here's a look back at the excitement and mischief of yesteryear that could only happen in the Big Apple.

The 16th president himself says, “Bravo Zulu” to the efforts of the Union Navy during the Civil War. Thank you Georg...
05/20/2019

The 16th president himself says, “Bravo Zulu” to the efforts of the Union Navy during the Civil War. Thank you George Becomes Lincoln for your fantastic presentation last Saturday!

Visit Lake County, Illinois
05/16/2019
Visit Lake County, Illinois

Visit Lake County, Illinois

From chomping chocolate to feeding on fare on a Friday fortnight, from kayaking to kicking off Key West Fests, to Honest Abe and his land of lakes, the weekend is jam-packed. Enjoy Illinois Chicagoland #LetsGoLakeCounty 🍫🚣🏿‍♀️🍲🏝🎩

1. Long Grove Chocolate Festival
2. Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon starting in Libertyville, Illinois
3. Lincolnshire Food Truck Friday's
4. Blarney Island Opens for the Season/ Fox Lake Fishing Tournament May 19th
5. Mr. Lincoln's Navy at the National Museum of the American Sailor

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce
05/16/2019

Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Chamber of Commerce

Thank you to Lake Forest Bank & Trust for hosting our latest Business After Hours event showcasing the National Museum of the American Sailor, located at Naval Station Great Lakes.

Guests, many of whom were affiliated with the national NMAS Foundation, enjoyed a fun evening of networking and socializing while learning about exciting plans for the museum’s future growth and relocation to a 5-acre site in North Chicago near the military base.

Thank you to all who attended this great event!

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sailor in the Spotlight Meet Rear Admiral Ming Erh ChangIn 1980, Ming Ch...
05/15/2019

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Sailor in the Spotlight

Meet Rear Admiral Ming Erh Chang

In 1980, Ming Chang became the first naturalized Asian American naval officer to reach flag rank. A graduate of William and Mary and the Naval Postgraduate School.

He served as the Commanding Officer of the USS Rathburne, USS Reeves; Chief of Staff, Carrier Group THREE; Chief of Staff, Commander THIRD Fleet; and Commander Cruiser Destroyer Group TWO. As a rear admiral, he served as Deputy Commander, Weapons and Combat Systems, Naval Sea Systems Command.

We had an awesome time during our Naval Station Great Lakes Walking Tour this past weekend. Be sure to check back in lat...
05/13/2019

We had an awesome time during our Naval Station Great Lakes Walking Tour this past weekend. Be sure to check back in late August for our next set of base walking tours.

Happy Mother’s Day!
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s all about President Lincoln this month! Don’t forget to check out our blog about President Abraham Lincoln and ...
05/09/2019
National Museum of the American Sailor

It’s all about President Lincoln this month! Don’t forget to check out our blog about President Abraham Lincoln and stop by our awesome Lincoln re-enactment on May 18th! See you there

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was a regular visitor to the Washington Navy Yard during his presidency? In our latest blog post, NMAS curator Tricia Runzel shares what drew the president to the Navy’s front door. Check it out!

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was a regular visitor to the Washington Navy Yard during his presidency? In ...
05/01/2019
Abraham Lincoln and the Washington Navy Yard

Did you know that President Abraham Lincoln was a regular visitor to the Washington Navy Yard during his presidency? In our latest blog post, NMAS curator Tricia Runzel shares what drew the president to the Navy’s front door. Check it out!

By Tricia Runzel National Museum of the American Sailor, Contract Curator If you had been stationed at the Washington Navy Yard between 1861 and 1865, you may have been lucky enough to catch a glim…

Today is the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Each year, Asian American Pacific Islander Her...
05/01/2019

Today is the first day of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Each year, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and Native Hawaiians and their vital contributions to the
American story.

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council theme for this year is: “Unite Our Mission By Engaging Each Other." The artwork was inspired by traditional puzzle designs of Asian and Pacific Island cultures, such as the Edakoodam, Tangram, and Lu Ban Lock. The vibrant colors in the design embody the diversity of the Asian American Pacific Islander community, which represents nearly 50 countries and ethnic groups, each with distinct cultures, traditions, and histories. The words surrounding the puzzle emphasize the skills and characteristics necessary to “Unite Our Mission By Engaging One Another.”

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month honors Americans with a proud heritage that encompasses all of the Asian continent and Pacific islands of Polynesia, Melanesia, and
Micronesia.

U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command
04/27/2019

U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command

RTC PIR Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to 653 of the newest and sharpest Sailors in the U.S. Navy who graduated from boot camp at Recruit Training Command. More than 35,000 recruits train annually at the Navy's only boot camp. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Spencer Fling)

Help us tell the story of the United States Navy’s enlisted Sailor! The National Museum of the American Sailor has a w...
04/13/2019
Here to Help: Volunteering at NMAS

Help us tell the story of the United States Navy’s enlisted Sailor! The National Museum of the American Sailor has a wide variety of positions available to volunteers. Click the photo below or go to our "Get Involved" page on our website at https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/about-us/visit-support.html

Each year, approximately 40,000 recruits pass through Recruit Training Command (Boot Camp) at Naval Station Great Lakes. These young men and women volunteer to serve in the United States Navy. But…

04/12/2019
U.S. Navy

Watch live as the newest group of Sailors join the World's Finest Navy!

LIVE NOW! Watch the #USNavy's newest Sailors graduate boot camp before they’re Forged by the Sea. Welcome to the fleet shipmates.

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Building 42, 2531 Sheridan Road
Great Lakes, IL
60088

Public transportation to the Great Lakes Naval Museum is available via Metra's Union Pacific North Line. The train stop is Great Lakes, and the museum is located north of the station at the Naval Station Great Lakes Gate 1.

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

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