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National Museum of the United States Navy

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Address: Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington DC, DC 20374-5060
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+1 202-433-4882
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09:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
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Explore ship to shore at the National Museum of the United States...

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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Lots of Naval History

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... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Harrisonville, Missouri
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Harrisonville, Missouri
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99 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 location that should be a must stop. Make sure that you look around at the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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 they are doing their job.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 388 helpful votes
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 very nicely, by friendly guards and staff and the whole process of filling out the... More 

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Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 development of the United States from the Revolution through the end of the Cold War,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

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 you do not have a friend with a military ID in your group, you will be told to get a background check and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

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 must report to the visitor center at 11 St. and O Street (no one really know where it is). At the Center, one must... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Note that public access for non-military people is extremely limited. The gate guard reported that in week days it was possible, but I am uncertain that is correct. Here's what the museum website says about access: Washington Navy Yard Directions & Base Access Information Base Access Information To enter the Washington Navy Yard and visit the National Museum of the... More 

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Reviewed 15 August 2016

We went last week with our 4 and 7 year old and they were totally bored. At first my 7 year old was excited about the scavenger hunt, but she gave up after the first few questions. My 4 year old was not impressed with the boats as there were none he could climb aboard. This museum has to have... More 

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