Great Lakes Naval Museum


The National Museum of the American Sailor is one of 10 Navy Museums that are operated by the Naval History & Heritage Command. As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the National Museum of the American Sailor's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's enlisted Sailor. The National Museum of the American Sailor seeks to fulfill this mission by: Serving as a vital part of the heritage training process for all Navy recruits and connecting them to the Navy's long tradition of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. The institution also plays an important role in the Navy community by hosting naval traditions and activities that promote Naval Heritage to the greater community. Collecting and exhibiting United States Navy history that is accurate, complete, and unbiased. Preserving the physical legacy and historical experiences of the Navy's enlisted Sailor for the benefit of the United States Navy and the general public. Anticipating the United States Navy's future historical needs by creating strategies and policies for the selection and acquisition of historical material. Developing innovative and inspirational educational programs and exhibits that broaden and deepen public knowledge and appreciation of the significance of the United States Sailor.Collections and exhibitsWith more than 40,000 artifacts and records, the collections of the National Museum of the American Sailor hold an irreplaceable record of the U.S. Navy. Featuring naval uniforms and accessories from the early 1900s to the present, and the country's largest archive of boot camp-related photographs, the collection tells the story of the American Sailor in the United States Navy. The museum's permanent exhibits include displays related to the Navy's boot camp, the history of women and diversity in the Navy, the history of Naval Station Great Lakes and its impact on the Navy as a whole. The museum also offers an exhibit related to the rich traditions of honor and individuality woven into naval enlisted uniforms, as well as exhibits focusing on the daily life of an enlisted Sailor.


610 Farragut Ave
North Chicago, IL


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