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National Museum of the United States Navy

Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington DC, DC 20374-5060
+1 202-433-4882
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Explore ship to shore at the National Museum of the United States Navy!Devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to the present conflicts. 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, as well as display ship Barry, a Cold War era destroyer, which is accessible from the Washington Navy Yard. Please note-the ship can close suddenly in cases of inclement weather.
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Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington DC, DC 20374-5060
+1 202-433-4882
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great history honoring the US Navy. The museum is at the Navy Yard which is an active military base. You need to stop by the Visitor's Center and get a background check and approval to drive on base to see the museum. It's well worth...More

Thank Scott H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice change of pace. Plenty of naval history with scale models of various fighting ships. Recommended. No problem obtaining a day pass to enter the Navy Yard.

Thank allan_lisa94506
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank you for treating our Lake County Honor Flight veterans like royalty! They all loved the museums!

Thank Paula C
Reviewed 21 May 2017

I am SO GLAD we took a break from the ridiculously over-crowded, over-rated Smithsonian museums on the National Mall... and took a few hours to explore the National Museum of US Navy on our recent trip to DC. I visited with my 9 yr old...More

1  Thank COMommyX4
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I had a few hours between meeting and decided to tour the museum. WOW! I now wished I had done so on the many other trips to the Navy Yard. If you have the desire to learn about our countries Naval History, this is the...More

Thank Matthew S
Reviewed 13 February 2017

A really nice museum that covers every era of the navy and its wars from the very beginning. you can even see an atomic bomb. Activity is Free, but inspection on the door of the barracks might get you a bit uncomfortable. But its Ok...More

Thank eloud
Reviewed 8 February 2017

I am surprised by the negative comments about the required forms to fill out when you arrive. It is an active Naval/Marine base and do people just expect that in the times we live you can just walk on the base freely? We were treated...More

2  Thank RichardinOhio
Reviewed 4 January 2017

My sons, who are not interested in Museums spent hours inside going over every detail of our countries naval history. Full of models and artifacts. Great place to visit.

2  Thank cabjr
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

it's true that the background check takes some time and you need to fill in forms and even show your car insurance. however, it is totally worthy it. love the submarine part. the only shortcoming is I would like to see more aircraft carriers history.

1  Thank Kevin C
Reviewed 3 November 2016

This museum will exceed every expectation you have for a historical museum. It is clearly superior to the much more politically correct National Museum of American History on the Smithsonian grounds downtown. If you want to develop an in depth understanding of every major historical...More

3  Thank Gregory B
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18 May 2017|
Response from RichardinOhio | Reviewed this property |
You have to check in at the Main Gate, fill out a form, then you are allowed entry. You can walk around the base (parts are restricted access). Enjoy.
Cynthia G
14 November 2015|
Response from USNavyMuseum |
Cynthia, There are handicap spots in the lot across the street from the Museum. Like most parking facilities, however, the spots are first come, first serve. Please contact the Museum at 202-433-4882. for more information... More