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 call the ship at 202-433-3377 for the most up-to-date hours of operation-it can close suddenly in cases of inclement weather.
To enter the Washington Navy Yard and visit the National Museum of the United States Navy, visitors must have either a Department of Defense Common Access Card; an Active Military, Retired Military, or Military Dependent ID; or an escort with one of these credentials. All visitors 18 and older must have a photo ID.
For more information, please visit their website or call 202-433-4882.
The National Museum of the United States Navy
Hours: The US Navy Museum and Cold War Gallery are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and from 10:00 am to 5:00pm on weekends and holidays. Both facilities are open every day except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Destroyer Barry is open Thursday and Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00pm. Please call the ship at 202-433-3377 for the most up-to-date hours of operation-it can close suddenly in cases of inclement weather.
Parking: Visitors enter the Washington Navy Yard at the 11th and O Street SE gate Tuesday-Friday and the 6th and M Street Gate on the weekends and holidays. Individuals above the age of 18 are required to have a valid government-issued ID card, such as a driver’s license, State ID, passport, or Common Access Card (CAC).
Limited parking is available on weekdays.
Metrorail: The Navy Yard can be accessed by the Navy Yard metro station on the Green Line or the Eastern Market metro station on the Orange and Blue Lines. Visitors should note that there is a walk from both metro stations of 6-7 blocks.
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Earl P. Williams, Jr. says
Re: Flag Day materials by the Naval History and Heritage Command, National Museum of the United States Navy
1. Scholars now credit Francis Hopkinson as the designer of the American flag. (Source: Leepson, Marc. “Flag: An American Biography.” St. Martin’s Griffin. 2005. p. 33.)
2. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America (FMAA) issued the following Tweet on February 4, 2021:
FMAA@FMAA_USA – Feb 4
#FlagFact: The designer of the American flag was Francis Hopkinson, a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a delegate from New Jersey.
3. Francis Hopkinson was a member of the Continental Marine Committee from mid-July 1776 to mid-November 1776, and ran the Navy as Chairman of the Continental Navy Board from mid-November 1776 to mid-August 1778. (Source: Hastings, George E. “The Life and Works of Francis Hopkinson.” Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press. 1926. pp. 215-18 and 234.)
Submitted by Earl P. Williams, Jr., U.S. flag historian (paleovexillologist)
David Gatto says
I’m looking for the Museum that has the Presidential Seal painted on Parachute canvas to put on Captains Chair on the USS Constellation (Connie). I drew and painted it for Former President Reagan. God rest his soul. He was a great President My name is David Gatto. Plz send me any info. I’m going to Washington DC this June. Thanks.
Chris Nickerson says
I am searching for the correct name of a ship that transported the military back from Inchon Harbor, Korea in 1954. I believe it was something like “Linex.” Please reply as soon as possible.
The District says
You might try to contact someone at the museum for this information. Their contact information is located here.