National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy Explore Naval History from 1775 to the present at the National Museum of the United States Navy! A free museum, devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the National Museum of the United States Navy chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to the present conflicts.
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Interactive exhibits commemorate our Navy’s wartime heroes and battles as well as peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service. The Cold War Gallery, an annex museum to the main building is open to the public, during the week and by appointment on Saturdays. Access to the Museum is through the 11th and O Street, SE gate. Visitors without a Military ID or CAC Card will need to be processed through the Visitor's Center. All adults need to have a photo ID and drivers need proof of insurance and registration for vehicles. Weekend and Holiday access requires a Military ID, CAC Card, or to be pre vetted during the week at the Visitor's Center. For more information, please visit www.history.navy.mil/nmusn or call 202-433-2385. Disclaimer:

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🎂 Happy birthday to the Blue Angels! #BlueAngels #HappyBirthday #USN #USNavy
06/14/2021

🎂 Happy birthday to the Blue Angels!

#BlueAngels #HappyBirthday #USN #USNavy

Today we kick off the Blue Angels 75th Anniversary!

For 75 years, the mission of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels has been to showcase the teamwork and professionalism of the United States Navy and Marine Corps through flight demonstrations, while also inspiring a culture of excellence and service to this great country.

Read more about the United States Navy Flight Exhibition Team here: https://go.usa.gov/x6kqZ

#BlueAngels75 #CultureOfExcellence

06/14/2021

Learn why we celebrate the Star and Stripes below.
#FlagDay

#PrideInAllWhoServe
06/11/2021

#PrideInAllWhoServe

Did you know that gay rights activist Harvey Milk served as a Navy diving officer? He followed in the footsteps of his parents: his father William served in the Navy before him, and his mother Minerva was a Navy Yeomanette during World War I.

Milk joined the Navy in 1951, earning his commission through Officer Candidate School in Newport. He taught as a diving instructor in San Diego, and served as a diving officer during the Korean War aboard submarine rescue ship USS Kittiwake (ASR 13). Milk left the Navy in 1955 as a lieutenant junior grade. Reports differ as to whether he was honorably discharged or resigned his commission after being questioned about his sexual orientation at a time when the military barred LGBTQ individuals from service.

More than two decades later, Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, making him the first openly gay politician elected to office in California. He remained proud of his Navy service, and was wearing his Navy diver belt buckle the day he was assassinated in 1978.

In 2016, the Navy announced it would name a Military Sealift Command ship after Milk: the future fleet oiler USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO 206). The ship will be the first Navy vessel named for an openly gay leader.

#LGBTPrideMonth #LGBTQPride #LGBTQIA

Summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy includes films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during...
06/10/2021

Summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy includes films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geopolitical period known as the “Cold War” (1947-1991). Science fiction films made during this period played on the tensions and fears of the time by having themes and characters associated with alien invasion and infiltration, monsters created by radioactive fallout, and the near annihilation of the world. These genre films reached their peak in the 1950s to early 1960s with an estimated 500 films having been produced. Many would become cult classics of the genre. Today, science fiction movies continue to enjoy a large and dedicated following. While some of these films have been re-made to varying degrees of box office success, the original versions (most in black and white) remain a lasting testament to the era in which they were made and are important contributions to the fabric of American popular culture.

All films start at 11:30am, followed by a short tour of the museum’s Cold War Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at each screening.

Pre-registration deadline for this program is June 25. You must pre-register for each film in this series individually.

Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to park outside the base and then be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking metro, exit the Navy Yard stop, then walk to the 11th and O Street entrance (about 15 minutes). If driving, limited, non-metered on-street parking is available on the O Street (residential side). Go underneath the 11th Street Bridge to the residential area, park, then walk to the base entrance (about 5 minutes). Please be outside the entrance (11th and O Street SE) by 11am on the screening date. Please be prompt. A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base.

Register on this site, or email [email protected]

#SciFi #SciFiFilmSeries #FilmSeries #ColdWar #NMUSN #summerfun #washington #DC

Summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy includes films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geopolitical period known as the “Cold War” (1947-1991). Science fiction films made during this period played on the tensions and fears of the time by having themes and characters associated with alien invasion and infiltration, monsters created by radioactive fallout, and the near annihilation of the world. These genre films reached their peak in the 1950s to early 1960s with an estimated 500 films having been produced. Many would become cult classics of the genre. Today, science fiction movies continue to enjoy a large and dedicated following. While some of these films have been re-made to varying degrees of box office success, the original versions (most in black and white) remain a lasting testament to the era in which they were made and are important contributions to the fabric of American popular culture.

All films start at 11:30am, followed by a short tour of the museum’s Cold War Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at each screening.

Pre-registration deadline for this program is June 25. You must pre-register for each film in this series individually.

Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to park outside the base and then be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking metro, exit the Navy Yard stop, then walk to the 11th and O Street entrance (about 15 minutes). If driving, limited, non-metered on-street parking is available on the O Street (residential side). Go underneath the 11th Street Bridge to the residential area, park, then walk to the base entrance (about 5 minutes). Please be outside the entrance (11th and O Street SE) by 11am on the screening date. Please be prompt. A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base.

Register on this site, or email [email protected]

#SciFi #SciFiFilmSeries #FilmSeries #ColdWar #NMUSN #summerfun #washington #DC

Happy birthday to the David Taylor Model Boat Basin!#OTD in 1896: authorization is given for the first experimental ship...
06/10/2021

Happy birthday to the David Taylor Model Boat Basin!

#OTD in 1896: authorization is given for the first experimental ship model basin. The basin, formerly in Building 70 at the Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., was used by Navy to monitor new hull designs.

The basin was later moved to Caderock, MD and Building 70 became our Cold War Gallery.

Learn more:
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/about-us/cold-war-gallery.html

#usnavy #history #happybirthday #testing #NMUSN

Happy National Donald Duck Day!The animated character Donald Duck served our country - he was honorably discharged from ...
06/09/2021

Happy National Donald Duck Day!

The animated character Donald Duck served our country - he was honorably discharged from the Army before leaving his family to join the US Navy, as seen in the DuckTales series. His attire often includes Navy uniform pieces, like the "Dixie Cup", jumper, and neckerchief.

📸: Disney insignia drawn for the U.S. military during World War II showing Donald Duck dragging a net to pick up mines. [from the USNI News website]

#NationalDonaldDuckDay #DonaldDuck #Quack #Uniform #NavyHistory #NMUSN

Happy National Donald Duck Day!

The animated character Donald Duck served our country - he was honorably discharged from the Army before leaving his family to join the US Navy, as seen in the DuckTales series. His attire often includes Navy uniform pieces, like the "Dixie Cup", jumper, and neckerchief.

📸: Disney insignia drawn for the U.S. military during World War II showing Donald Duck dragging a net to pick up mines. [from the USNI News website]

#NationalDonaldDuckDay #DonaldDuck #Quack #Uniform #NavyHistory #NMUSN

The 20mm Oerlikon was a Swiss autocannon that had the unusual distinction of being used by both Axis and Allied sides du...
06/08/2021
Artifact Spotlight: 20MM Oerlikon

The 20mm Oerlikon was a Swiss autocannon that had the unusual distinction of being used by both Axis and Allied sides during WWII. Installed aboard U.S. Navy ships in 1942, they replaced the older M2 Browning machine gun, which lacked range and firepower. It became a workhorse in the naval anti-aircraft role, providing effective defense at shorter ranges, while heavier guns had difficulty tracking targets. In this video, Tom Frezza, Director of Education at the National Museum of the United States Navy, talks about the various positions and teamwork used to operate the weapon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6hEcuYXpGg

#artifactspotlight #nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history #museum #OTD #navyreadiness

The 20mm Oerlikon was a Swiss autocannon that had the unusual distinction of being used by both Axis and Allied sides during WWII. Installed aboard U.S. Navy...

The results are in! Congratulations to the brilliant winners!#poetry #usnavy #newyear2021
06/07/2021
2021

The results are in! Congratulations to the brilliant winners!

#poetry #usnavy #newyear2021

The winning submissions for the 2021 NHHC New Year's Deck Log Entry Contest have been selected. Contest submissions were reviewed by a committee of archivists and sailors and judged on coherence, imagery, originality, and how they reflect the sailor experience. After reviewing based on these criteri...

D-Day, 6 June 1944
06/07/2021
D-Day, 6 June 1944

D-Day, 6 June 1944

The Allied navies had several roles in the invasion. Underwater demolition swimmers (

06/05/2021

As we commemorate the epic Battle of Midway, please enjoy this artifact spotlight with Hill Goodspeed.

#Midway79

#OnThisDay in 1942, the Battle of Midway began.This epic battle between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy turne...
06/04/2021

#OnThisDay in 1942, the Battle of Midway began.

This epic battle between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific, with the United State's ultimate victory slowing the Japanese war machine and allowing Allies to begin their drive across the Pacific.

Learn more about the #BattleOfMidway in our online photography exhibit, linked here!

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/explore/photography/wwii/wwii-pacific/turning-the-japanese-tide/1942-june-battle-of-midway.html

#WorldWarII #WWIIHistory #ThisDayInHistory #NavyReadiness #NMUSN #NavyHistory #OnlineExhibit

#OnThisDay in 1942, the Battle of Midway began.

This epic battle between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy turned the tide of World War II in the Pacific, with the United State's ultimate victory slowing the Japanese war machine and allowing Allies to begin their drive across the Pacific.

Learn more about the #BattleOfMidway in our online photography exhibit, linked here!

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/explore/photography/wwii/wwii-pacific/turning-the-japanese-tide/1942-june-battle-of-midway.html

#WorldWarII #WWIIHistory #ThisDayInHistory #NavyReadiness #NMUSN #NavyHistory #OnlineExhibit

Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced d...
06/03/2021

Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geo-political period known as the "Cold War" (1947-1991). All films start at 11:30 am, followed by a short tour of the museum's Cold War Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at each screening. The series begins on Saturday, June 5th in the Museum Education Center at the Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, and will run every Saturday through July 31st.

Register @:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cold-war-scify-film-series-them-tickets-150318953035?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

**Register by June 4. Registration on Eventbrite two weeks in advance of any screening is required.** Email [email protected] with questions.

Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geo-political period known as the "Cold War" (1947-1991). All films start at 11:30 am, followed by a short tour of the museum's Cold War Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at each screening. The series begins on Saturday, June 5th in the Museum Education Center at the Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, and will run every Saturday through July 31st.

Register @:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cold-war-scify-film-series-them-tickets-150318953035?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

**Register by June 4. Registration on Eventbrite two weeks in advance of any screening is required.** Email [email protected] with questions.

Please enjoy this video from our command and be sure to join us tomorrow at 12 EST in the MEC for "Tracking Yamamoto: Jo...
06/03/2021
Battle of Midway

Please enjoy this video from our command and be sure to join us tomorrow at 12 EST in the MEC for "Tracking Yamamoto: Joe Rochefort and the Battle of Midway" with author/historian, Elliot Carlson.

See our events page for more details.

#Midway79 #WWIITurningPoint #BattleOfMidway #JosephRochefort #NavyHistory #NavyMuseum #Education #NavyReadiness

June 1942: Believing the U.S. Pacific Fleet is on the verge of collapse, the Japanese hope another defeat will force the U.S. to quit the war. The Japanese p...

Look who made the morning news!#nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history #museum
06/01/2021
Inside look at the U.S. Navy's huge warehouse of hidden treasures for display at new museum

Look who made the morning news!

#nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history #museum

One of the greatest collections dedicated to American men and women in uniform is kept in a place that's never been open to the public. Only on “CBS This Morning,” Chip Reid has a rare look inside a huge warehouse full of hidden treasures for display at the new Museum of the U.S. Navy.

05/31/2021

As our partners at Hampton Roads Naval Museum commented earlier, please take today to honor those fallen shipmates as well as all of those service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Join the #NMUSN ❗️TOMORROW❗️, May 29 at 12pm for a virtual book talk with Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)! Head to ou...
05/28/2021

Join the #NMUSN ❗️TOMORROW❗️, May 29 at 12pm for a virtual book talk with Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)! Head to our Facebook events page or website for more information.

#BookTalk #NYTBestSeller #Virtual #NHHC #NHF #MuseumFromHome #USNavy

Join the #NMUSN ❗️TOMORROW❗️, May 29 at 12pm for a virtual book talk with Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret)! Head to our Facebook events page or website for more information.

#BookTalk #NYTBestSeller #Virtual #NHHC #NHF #MuseumFromHome #USNavy

#OTD in 1980, the first women graduated from the United States Naval Academy!Elizabeth Anne Rowe was the first female me...
05/28/2021

#OTD in 1980, the first women graduated from the United States Naval Academy!

Elizabeth Anne Rowe was the first female member of the class to graduate, setting off decades of a surge in female applicants and graduates. Today, women comprise more than a quarter of the increasingly inclusive Brigade.

📸: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen hold noon meal formation in Tecumseh Court, Annapolis (May 5, 2021). [U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas Bonaparte Jr./Released]

#OnThisDay #WomenintheNavy #USNA #USNavalAcademy #NavyFirst #NavyHistory #NavyReadiness #NMUSN

#OTD in 1980, the first women graduated from the United States Naval Academy!

Elizabeth Anne Rowe was the first female member of the class to graduate, setting off decades of a surge in female applicants and graduates. Today, women comprise more than a quarter of the increasingly inclusive Brigade.

📸: U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen hold noon meal formation in Tecumseh Court, Annapolis (May 5, 2021). [U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Thomas Bonaparte Jr./Released]

#OnThisDay #WomenintheNavy #USNA #USNavalAcademy #NavyFirst #NavyHistory #NavyReadiness #NMUSN

How about a little aero-gami? It’s National Paper Airplane Day and our friends at the Naval Undersea Museum have a coupl...
05/26/2021

How about a little aero-gami?

It’s National Paper Airplane Day and our friends at the Naval Undersea Museum have a couple of activities to help your imagination take flight!

#USNUM #STEM #Engineering #MuseumAtHome #NationalPaperAirplaneDay #flight #airplane
#summerfun #educational #funandgames #nmusn #nhhc #usn #usnavy #navyhistory #usnhistory #navymuseum #navy #history #museum #thingstodoathome #museumfromhome #navymuseumfromhome #navyreadiness

Tuesday, June 1 is the day we’ve been waiting for! We are excited to welcome back visitors while taking great care to en...
05/25/2021

Tuesday, June 1 is the day we’ve been waiting for!

We are excited to welcome back visitors while taking great care to ensure the well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff! To learn more about NMUSN's phased reopening and added health and safety measures, visit:

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/about-us/plan-your-visit.html

Please know that while the city of Washington, D.C. is opening up, we are an active military installation with tighter rules and enforcement in place. So be a good shipmate and do your part to maintain force readiness!

Welcome back!

Tuesday, June 1 is the day we’ve been waiting for!

We are excited to welcome back visitors while taking great care to ensure the well-being of visitors, volunteers, and staff! To learn more about NMUSN's phased reopening and added health and safety measures, visit:

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/about-us/plan-your-visit.html

Please know that while the city of Washington, D.C. is opening up, we are an active military installation with tighter rules and enforcement in place. So be a good shipmate and do your part to maintain force readiness!

Welcome back!

Address

736 Sicard St SE
Washington D.C., DC
20374-5060

Take the Metro to Navy Yard (Green Line) or Eastern Market (Orange/Blue) and/or the new DC Circulator Service! For more information, visit: www.wmata.com and www.dccirculator.com

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(202) 685-0589

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