National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy, Washington DC

National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy
4.5
09:00 - 16:00
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
About
Welcome to the National Museum of the United States Navy located in the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Housed in one of the historic buildings of the former Naval Gun Factory, the museum was established in 1961 and opened to visitors in 1963. As the flagship museum of 10 naval museums, the NMUSN represents the entire history of the United States Navy. Inspiring the honor, courage, and commitment of the Navy and the public, our collection includes over 5,000 artifacts and works of art spanning more than 240 years. The museum is located within an active military facility. A valid ID is required. Go to our “Plan Your Visit” page to learn more about base access. www.history.navy.mil/nmusn
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Lyndsey H
Aspen, Colorado, United States93 contributions
Family trip, good stop on mini road trip
Aug 2021 • Friends
“Amazing experience” Jack age 11
“Couldn’t believe all of the cool things” Aiden age 9

Fun family stop, will return when new one is complete!
Written 6 August 2021
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xlr8or
Cleveland, TN142 contributions
Awesome
Dec 2019 • Family
We were able visit this museum with relatives and had a wonderful time. It truly has U.S. Navy historical items from the very beginning. A special treat was that we were able to see the Alvin and the Trieste deep submersibles. Wish it were larger.
Written 3 January 2020
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J L
Raleigh, NC5,442 contributions
Excellent!
Nov 2019 • Friends
This is a great museum showing the history and honor of the US Navy since it’s founding. It’s a bit hard to get to, since it’s in the secure area of the Navy Yard. It’s housed in an historic building wheee cannon were made, that has been renovated for e museum. There are great exhibits from revolutionary war days up to space travel and artifacts of historical significance. They also have a small gift shop. It’s worth the trip and plan on staying for several hours to take it all in!
Written 17 November 2019
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Leilani O
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Dogs peeing IN the museum!!!🤮
Jul 2019 • Family
I went with my family- my dad was in the Navy- during summer break to tour DC. My dad has a mobility aide dog he normally uses, but since we were all together, Sadie stayed home.
I couldn't believe how we walked in to a staff member dragging a dog towards the doors as it was peeing everywhere. I think the guy's co-worker said something to him about it...I couldn't here over how loud it is in there...and he started laughing as he left.

We visited a few months ago and it still bothers me! We had planned this trip for months and I just can't believe how my Dad's Navy history is treated, especially by people who are supposed to work there.

It just makes me so mad 😡. When he came back in with the dog, it wasn't listening. I noticed it had some fake service dog clothes on too. I just know theirs got to be dog pee everywhere in there.🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮🤮

I had liked them on Facebook and I just saw this dog is their mascot. I'm just so mad I could spit. This place already looks like a dump- so many items are gone or missing in the exhibits, things are broken and it smells weird....like mold or something.

And nobody's in this museum. We didn't see other visitors And the 2 people I think work there were gone when I went to ask wear the bathrooms were. I even looked in this office at the front and it smelled soooo bad when I opened the doors. It was gross and messy. It just makes me want to cry. My dad and all the other Navy veterans deserve a better museum then this craphole.
Written 1 November 2019
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Bill S
Centreville, VA107 contributions
Little Known but Not to be Overlooked
Oct 2019
DC and the area has many good museums. I include this one. Excellent history of the US Navy from colonial times to today. Many interesting exhibits including extremely well done ship models. I only had 2 hours to visit but easily could have spent an entire day. Beszt of all, it is free. Good food court nearby also.
Written 31 October 2019
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Lynn60726
McLean, VA202 contributions
Historians the Best Part of this Museum Experience
Sep 2019
This museum is a gem. Not only are the exhibits interesting and well presented but the historians are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their material. Both Gordon Calhoun and Michael Galloway capably answered my questions about the United States Navy in the Civil War. I learned a great deal from them.
Written 1 October 2019
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2happySTS
Leominster, MA72 contributions
Diasappointed
Sep 2019
While the Museum is very important and has many artifacts it lacked information about the Sea Bees. There was only about six feet of space dedicated to the Sea Bees in two big warehouses. The staff was very helpful.
Written 25 September 2019
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2beans2000
San Diego, CA3,094 contributions
Amazing compilation of historical naval artifacts
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were honored to attend the Change of Command Ceremony for the incoming Chief of Naval Operations last week and the luncheon following the ceremony was held at the Museum of the US Navy.

The museum has an extensive collection of planes, models, photos, service men and women, and leaders from wars and conflicts past.

My husband was able to explain his gunnery positions to me based on the wonderful models present.

Restrooms are a bit hard to find but ultimately they are available!

Parking is tough due to naval restrictions.
Written 25 August 2019
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NYCBabeRomford
Essex, UK360 contributions
Great Museum
Jul 2019
This museum is FREE to enter. It's a bit of a walk from nearby Navy Yard - Ball Park Metro Station. If you want to go, you need to fill out a form beforehand (this can be taken on the day if you're going Monday-Friday along with some ID but the form will need to be submitted a couple of months beforehand if you're visiting on a Saturday). You have an interview of no longer than 20 minutes. Then you get a printed ID (on A4 paper). The museum itself is a short walk of a few minutes from the Visitor Center. I didn't get to see a few of the exhibits as there was a retirement celebration going on, but what I did see was pretty damn amazing! Once you're done, you're free to roam the Navy Yard and enjoy a drink in one of their many eateries. There's also a shop where I got some Navy sweatpants for my sister. *You may get asked for ID - in which case you show the printed one you got from the Visitor Center.
Written 6 August 2019
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kirby105
norfolk,va191 contributions
Great Museum
Jul 2019 • Couples
Great museum, don’t be scared by process to get on, took about 20 minutes and for a Navy Veteran like me it was very good.

Have your form filled in (did it on line). If you are staying near Nat Stadium you can walk along the river and pop out right at O ave and visitor center. It’s called the river walk and it beats the way I went (along ave M from 1st st SE). You can also bring your car, small lot to right of guard shack when you enter. Short walk to museum from center to actual buildings (two). One has Korean War artifacts and submarine equipment including control room and sonar shack circa 80’s and the other is WWII and space stuff.
Written 29 July 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
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