National Museum of the American Sailor

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01/07/2020
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Don't have a ticket to this week's U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command graduation? Watch the livestream of your sailor's graduation at the National Museum of the American Sailor.

The museum's livestream viewing is free to attend, but tickets are required. Tickets can be picked up from the museum on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to graduation. For more information about livestream viewing at the museum, visit our website (link below). https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/visit-us/graduation-livestream.html://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/visit-us/graduation-livestream.html

01/01/2020

The National Museum of the American Sailor is closed on Wednesday, January 1. Happy New Year!

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12/31/2019
Sailor's Attic

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Stories from the National Museum of the American Sailor

Ready to play some trivia on #TriviaTuesday? The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814, ending the War of 1812...
12/24/2019

Ready to play some trivia on #TriviaTuesday? The Treaty of Ghent was signed on December 24, 1814, ending the War of 1812. However, word of the peace agreement did not reach the United States immediately. What famous battle was won after the Treaty was signed?
A- Battle of Lake Erie
B- Battle of Baltimore
C- Battle of Bladensburg
D- Battle of New Orleans

12/24/2019

The National Museum of the American Sailor is closed for the federal holidays on Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25. Happy holidays to all!

You know what day it is, #TriviaTuesday! On December 17, 1917, John Mackenzie heroically earned himself the Medal of Hon...
12/17/2019

You know what day it is, #TriviaTuesday! On December 17, 1917, John Mackenzie heroically earned himself the Medal of Honor for securing the depth charge. Based on the symbol below, what was his rating when he earned this honor?

Thank you to all the families and volunteers who helped make care packages this weekend during Holidays at the Hostess H...
12/16/2019

Thank you to all the families and volunteers who helped make care packages this weekend during Holidays at the Hostess House! Sailors staying on base away from their families and loved ones during the holiday will appreciate the treats and handmade cards inside.

12/14/2019
The 120th Army-Navy Game Tease

Are you watching the big game??? #gonavy #beatarmy

“When you watch your contemporaries indulging the urge for material gain, comfort, and personal advancement, your choice will seem hard...Never forget, howev...

Santa and Mrs. Claus are here until noon! Come get your picture, tell them your wish list and make a care package for a ...
12/14/2019

Santa and Mrs. Claus are here until noon! Come get your picture, tell them your wish list and make a care package for a Sailor!

12/13/2019

Navy Band Great Lakes performs holiday hits at the National Museum of the American Sailor.

Staff and volunteers have been busy this week turning the south end into a winter wonderland for Holidays at the Hostess...
12/11/2019

Staff and volunteers have been busy this week turning the south end into a winter wonderland for Holidays at the Hostess House ! This special free family holiday event takes place on Saturday 12/14. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be here from 10AM- 12PM for pictures and to help assemble care packages for sailors. We cannot wait to see you here!

How well do you know Morse Code? Test your knowledge with this weeks #TriviaTuesday question. Morse code has long been i...
12/10/2019

How well do you know Morse Code? Test your knowledge with this weeks #TriviaTuesday question. Morse code has long been instrumental to communications in the Navy. The code, which is broken up into dots (.) and dashes (-) is a way to disguise messages. Comment below on what you think our message says!
(-.) ( .-) (...-) (-.--)

Join us along with Navy Band Great Lakes Carolers to celebrate the holiday season with a free concert at NMAS! Navy Band...
12/09/2019

Join us along with Navy Band Great Lakes Carolers to celebrate the holiday season with a free concert at NMAS! Navy Band Great Lakes Carolers will be here Friday, December 13th at 2:15 PM. There is no better way to enjoy the sounds of the season and get yourself in the holiday spirit! The concert is free, open to the public and no registration is required. See you there!

12/03/2019
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Weekly livestream viewing of U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command graduation resumes this Friday, December 6. Attending the viewing is free of charge, but does require tickets. Tickets can be picked up in person at the museum on the Wednesday and Thursday prior to graduation.

For more information about graduation livestream viewing at the museum. please visit our website. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/visit-us/graduation-livestream.html

#TriviaTuesday lets you test your naval history knowledge. This is an easy one! What Navy hero said this famous quote, "...
12/03/2019

#TriviaTuesday lets you test your naval history knowledge. This is an easy one! What Navy hero said this famous quote, "We have met the enemy and they are ours..."?

NMAS Week of Thanks.Our whole staff is thankful for the Sailors - past, present, and future - of United States Navy! We ...
11/28/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks.

Our whole staff is thankful for the Sailors - past, present, and future - of United States Navy! We salute you and thank you for your service.

Are you thankful for your sailor? Share their photos and your thanks below.

NMAS Week of ThanksMuseum Director Jennifer is thankful for the NMAS staff. She is continuously inspired by the creativi...
11/27/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks

Museum Director Jennifer is thankful for the NMAS staff. She is continuously inspired by the creativity, enthusiasm, and sense of humor of the NMAS team.

NMAS Week of ThanksDeputy Director Kelly is thankful for the visitors who take time out of their day to support the miss...
11/26/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks

Deputy Director Kelly is thankful for the visitors who take time out of their day to support the mission of the museum and learn more about the history of enlisted sailors. Plan your visit to the museum today!

NMAS Week of ThanksAdmin Officer Therese is thankful for Navy families. Every graduation Friday, NMAS gets to see the lo...
11/25/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks

Admin Officer Therese is thankful for Navy families. Every graduation Friday, NMAS gets to see the love and pride families have in their sailors. Share your thanks of Navy families below.

NMAS Week of Thanks. Each day this week, our staff is sharing what they're most thankful for.Exhibits Specialist Ian is ...
11/24/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks. Each day this week, our staff is sharing what they're most thankful for.

Exhibits Specialist Ian is thankful for the talented artists who contributed to the museum's newest permanent exhibit. "Sails Unfurled: The Dawn of the U.S. Navy" is open now!

In honor of Native American Heritage month, our #SailorSpotlight is Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Airman Misty Dawn Warr...
11/24/2019

In honor of Native American Heritage month, our #SailorSpotlight is Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Airman Misty Dawn Warren. PRAN Warren graduated from high school in Independence, Wisconsin in 1993 and enlisted in the Navy in 1998. She completed basic training at Naval Training Center Great Lakes graduating as Honor Recruit of her division and continued on to Pensacola for A School where she again graduated with honors. After Pensacola, PRAN Warren was selected for the Test Parachute Program and in 1998 earned her Basic Parachutist Jump Wings. PRAN Warren is the eighth woman to become a Naval Test Parachutist and is believed to be the first American Indian woman to be designated as a Naval Test Parachutist. NASA selected PRAN Warren to test women’s spacesuits and equipment and became part of the NASA Space Shuttle Recovery Systems Surveillance Test Program in Houston, Texas. Tragically she passed away on June 15, 1999 at the age of 24 at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, California. During a routine jump, PRAN Warren experienced a total equipment failure when her main and reserve parachutes failed to deploy. PRAN Warren was a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and we salute her service.

NMAS Week of Thanks. Each day this week, our staff is sharing the things they're thankful for.The Collections Team is th...
11/23/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks. Each day this week, our staff is sharing the things they're thankful for.

The Collections Team is thankful for the generosity of our donors! The artifacts and stories these donors share truly bring the museum to life.

NMAS Week of Thanks. Each day this week, our staff are sharing the things they're thankful for. The Education Team is th...
11/22/2019

NMAS Week of Thanks. Each day this week, our staff are sharing the things they're thankful for.

The Education Team is thankful for our dedicated and talented group of volunteers! If you're visiting the museum, chances are you'll meet one of these fantastic volunteers at our front desk, giving a tour, or helping care of our artifacts.

Check out the museum's latest blog post, written by a volunteer who is especially dear to our staff. https://sailorsattic.wordpress.com/2019/11/18/we-have-15-minutes-to-live/

Tickets are available for the Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony taking place on the 78th anniversary of the Attack on ...
11/20/2019

Tickets are available for the Pearl Harbor Commemoration ceremony taking place on the 78th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. The event is free but preregistration is required. The event takes place Saturday, December 7, 2019 and begins at 10 AM. Hosted by the Sons & Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors and emceed by Mr. Bob Miller. Get your tickets here- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pearl-harbor-commemoration-tickets-75891703127?aff=ebdssbeac

It's that time again! This week's #TuesdayTrivia looks at ship names.There have been some creative names for ships in th...
11/19/2019

It's that time again! This week's #TuesdayTrivia looks at ship names.

There have been some creative names for ships in the United States Navy over the years, like USS Croaker (named after the throbbing noise the Croaker fish makes) and USS Cinnamon (yes, after the spice). But who is in charge of naming ship?

Special Announcement! We have a special second-blog post this month. It was written by one of our volunteers, and we wou...
11/18/2019
“We Have 15 Minutes to Live”

Special Announcement!
We have a special second-blog post this month. It was written by one of our volunteers, and we would love for you to read it.

by Jay Branson National Museum of the American Sailor Volunteer 1942. War rages in Europe, North Africa, and the Pacific. Great Lakes Naval Station (GLNS) turns raw but eager recruits into Sailors …

Members of our staff are honored to be guests of U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command at this morning’s Graduation Ceremon...
11/15/2019

Members of our staff are honored to be guests of U.S. Navy Recruit Training Command at this morning’s Graduation Ceremony. Head over to RTC’s page to watch today’s ceremony live. The museum’s livestream viewing of graduation resumes on Friday, December 6. Congratulations to today’s new sailors!

It's time for #TuesdayTrivia! Each week, we test your knowledge of naval history. Check back tomorrow to see if you gues...
11/12/2019

It's time for #TuesdayTrivia! Each week, we test your knowledge of naval history. Check back tomorrow to see if you guessed correctly.

After a failed attempt at catapulting a plane into launch in July, Lt. Theodore Ellyson completed the 1st successful launch of an airplane on November 12, 1912. He claims the success of his launch on his "lucky charm." What or who was his lucky charm?

The National Museum of the American Sailor is CLOSED today in honor of Veteran's Day. To all who have served, we thank y...
11/11/2019

The National Museum of the American Sailor is CLOSED today in honor of Veteran's Day. To all who have served, we thank you for your service.

Happy 244th birthday, U.S. Marine Corps! Today, the Marine Corps and Navy as sister services under the Department of the...
11/10/2019

Happy 244th birthday, U.S. Marine Corps! Today, the Marine Corps and Navy as sister services under the Department of the Navy. But did you know the two services were not always linked? From 1775 to 1834, the Marine Corps was an independent branch.

Who's going to the theater this weekend for the new Midway Movie? Hollywood's latest take on the great naval victory ope...
11/08/2019

Who's going to the theater this weekend for the new Midway Movie? Hollywood's latest take on the great naval victory opens today. The movie showcases a number of real-life heroes, including Aviation Machinist's Mate Bruno Gaido. Gaido, played by Nick Jonas (pictured), had a reputation for bravery and mental toughness. Those qualities were on full display during the Battle of Midway, when Gaido contributed to the successful attacks on Japanese carriers Kaga and Akagi as a rear-seat gunner. For his actions, Gaido received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Today is national #STEMDay! Any time a sailor is aboard ship- be it modern or ships of sail, STEM concepts are in use. F...
11/08/2019

Today is national #STEMDay! Any time a sailor is aboard ship- be it modern or ships of sail, STEM concepts are in use. From buoyancy and displacement to calculating wind direction and speed- science, technology, engineering and math are all working together to keep the ship afloat, moving and maneruvable. NMAS hosts an annual SeaPerch event for middle school and high school students that uses these same STEM concepts to maneuver a ROV through underwater obstacles and challenge courses. SeaPerch is on April 4th, 2020. Registration is open and we are accepting teams. More information available on our website- https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas/education/stem-education/seaperch.html

Join us in our #CountdowntoVeteransDay with the second annual ringing of the #BellsofPeace on November 11, 2019 at 11 AM...
11/07/2019

Join us in our #CountdowntoVeteransDay with the second annual ringing of the #BellsofPeace on November 11, 2019 at 11 AM. Tens of thousands of communities, organizations and individuals all over our nation and around the globe come together for a moment of reflection to honor the "War that Changed the World". Everyone and anyone can toll the bell in remembrance. As the free App's built-in countdown timer reaches 11 AM local, Bells of Peace will toll from every device; together; 21 times; in a remembrance of when the fighting ended in 1918. You can also toll manually. The app is available for download on Apple or Android stores. More information available at- https://www.worldwar1centennial.org/567-ace/6604-bells-of-peace-and-participation-app-2019.html#tolling

Saturday, December 14: Become one of Santa’s little helpers by assembling a care package for sailors far from home. Meet...
11/06/2019

Saturday, December 14: Become one of Santa’s little helpers by assembling a care package for sailors far from home. Meet Santa, craft an ornament to take home, decorate a tasty cookie, and explore a holiday-themed scavenger hunt throughout the museum. See our Events page for more information.
Event is FREE of charge and does not require advanced registration.
Santa and Care Package Station: 10:00 AM to noon.
Crafts and Scavenger Hunt: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

It’s #TriviaTuesday! Check back tomorrow for the answer to this week’s question. The American Revolution saw the first o...
11/05/2019

It’s #TriviaTuesday! Check back tomorrow for the answer to this week’s question.

The American Revolution saw the first official Navy for the young country. With a war approaching, who was named the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy on November 5, 1775?

The Museum WILL be open for livestream viewing on Friday, November 8th. Doors open at 8AM- please do not line up at the ...
11/04/2019

The Museum WILL be open for livestream viewing on Friday, November 8th. Doors open at 8AM- please do not line up at the door prior to the Museum opening. Due to our ongoing facility maintenance we can only accommodate 55 guests. Ticket pick up will begin on Wednesday, November 6th at the Museum from 9AM- 5PM. A maximum of 4 tickets is allowed per sailor and you must be present to pick them up. No tickets can be held over the phone or via email. Weekly livestream viewing resumes on December 6. There is no graduation on December 27 or January 3. We apologize for the inconvenience.

This month's blog is posted! In honor of our newest exhibit, learn about a sailor's diet during the Age of Sail. Learn a...
11/01/2019
Salt Pork, Hard Tack, and Grog, Oh My!

This month's blog is posted! In honor of our newest exhibit, learn about a sailor's diet during the Age of Sail. Learn all about salt pork, hardtack, and what exactly grog is and why sailors drank it.

by Kelly Duffy, National Museum of the American Sailor Deputy Director While a sailor’s life onboard an Age of Sail ship during the 1700s and 1800s was difficult, food and nutrition created further…

November is Native American Heritage Month. Over the course of US naval history, Native Americans have made numerous con...
11/01/2019

November is Native American Heritage Month. Over the course of US naval history, Native Americans have made numerous contributions and sacrifices for our country. The most decorated enlisted sailor in US history was a Native American Cherokee from Fort Mill, South Carolina and he is our #SailorSpotlight. In 1947, 16 year old James Elliott “Willie” Williams enlisted in the US Navy with a forged birth certificate. Williams served 20 years on the USS Douglas H. Fox and various other ships during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In May of 1966, Boatswains Mate 1st Class Williams was assigned to River Squadron 5 in southern Vietnam. In command of PBR 105, BM1 Williams and his crew would patrol the inland water ways for Viet Cong troops and supply transports. On Halloween- October 31st, 1966, BM1 Williams and his two patrol boats came under fire from two enemy sampans. After killing the crew of one sampan, BM1 Williams ordered his boats to pursue the second. Unknowingly, the PBR’s entered a VC staging area and came under machine gun fire and attacked by an additional 8 sampans and 2 junks. While attempting to hold the enemy back, BM1 Williams called in a helicopter attack and waited as long as he could for support. In the midst of heavy enemy gunfire, BM1 Williams discovered a larger enemy force approaching and made the decision that his troops could no longer wait for the Huey’s to arrive. The fight that ensued lasted 3 hours and resulted in the loss of 65 VC ships and over 1,200 communist troops eliminated. No US troops were lost in the fight. For his bravery and leadership, BM1 Williams was awarded the Medal of Honor, he is one of 32 Native Americans to receive the MOH. He retired as a CPO in 1967 and is the most decorated enlisted sailor in US history. After retirement, CPO Williams worked for the US Marshals Service and passed away on October 13, 1999.

10/31/2019

Due to the Winter Weather Advisory, the museum will close at 4:00 PM today. Tonight's scheduled late hours for the Kohl Children's Museum Pop-Up Exhibit are cancelled.

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Building 42, 2531 Sheridan Road
Great Lakes, IL
60088

Public transportation to the National Museum of the American Sailor 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.

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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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