National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington DC
(3.7/5 based on 85+ reviews on the web)
The National Museum of the United States Navy, or U.S. Navy Museum for short, is the flagship museum of the United States Navy and is located in the former Breech Mechanism Shop of the old Naval Gun Factory on the grounds of the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., USA.The U.S. Navy Museum is one of fifteen official Navy museums, and is part of the Naval History & Heritage Command, the official history program of the United States Navy.MissionThe U.S. Navy Museum collects, preserves, displays, and interprets historic naval artifacts and artwork to inform, educate, and inspire naval personnel and the general public.HistoryThe U.S. Navy Museum was established in 1961 and opened to the public in 1963. As one of 15 Navy museums throughout the country, it is the only one that presents an overview of U. S. naval history. Permanent and temporary exhibitions commemorate the Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as its peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, space flight, navigation and humanitarian service.
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  • 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 d...  more »
  • Come with a military friend for easier entrance. The Navy Yard Metro station is the closest, but the Visitor's entrance for the base is about a 20 minute walk from there. If you are not military or yo...  more »
  • The Museum is located in the heart of the Navy Yard compound in SE of Washington D.C. It is a good place to learn about the U.S. Navy; duties, fleets, and function. Without government ID, visitors mus...  more »
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  • This is an excellent museum and is well worth the effort of the walk from the Navy Yard Metro Station and persevering with the security process. I visited on the afternoon of 4 October.As a UK national my drivers licence was essential but was enough to do the business and the form filling wasn't too bad. The only difficult bit (well not really)was figuring out my weight in pounds instead of stones and pounds. I was the only visitor (apart from one lady and her small child)at the time and it was a real plus after the teeming hoards of the Washington tourist areas.The museum staff couldn't have been more helpful (and the guy who took my picture next to the IJN Yamato shells)especially the lady running the souvenir shop and even more especially the young lady who gave me a personal tour of the post WW2 building - and saw me safely to the Metro station afterwards.The quality of the exhibits is excellent and a credit to the US Navy and the museum staff. Ditch the rest (apart from Arlington and the National archives) and go and see this.
  • As a Navy veteran I want to love this place but it isn't not what it should be. I am happy they are building a new one but it will likely never stand up to the Museum of the Marine Corps, which is completely worth the drive from anywhere that has roads to get there.
  • Nato Navy personal and they refused us entry.....sad actually looks like a nice place to visit. I guess if your nor past or present US military NO access.
  • Great museum that no one knows about. Worth a trip, but best to go on a weekend or take Metro.
  • Very cool museum. Hard to get to.