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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