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Devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the National Museum of the United States Navy at Washington Navy Yard chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution through present conflicts. Interactive exhibits commemorate our Navy’s wartime heroes and battles as well as peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service.


Due to recent events at the Washington Navy Yard, access to the US Navy Museum and the Cold War Gallery is extremely limited, and will be for the foreseeable future. All visitors to the U.S. Navy Museum and Cold War Gallery must have a Department of Defense (DOD) Common Access Card (CAC) or a military ID. Bus groups must call at least 14 days in advance for a reservation to visit the U.S. Navy Museum.