"US Naval Historical Center" Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center Tip by Tom_Fields

  US Navy Museum
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  • US Navy Museum - Washington D.C.
      US Navy Museum
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  • The Main Exhibit Hall - Washington D.C.
      The Main Exhibit Hall
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  • Model of the battleship USS Maine - Washington D.C.
      Model of the battleship USS Maine
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  • World War II exhibits - Washington D.C.
      World War II exhibits
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  • The deep-sea submarine Trieste - Washington D.C.
      The deep-sea submarine Trieste
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The US Navy Yard has a small but impressive museum, inside an old building once used to repair naval guns. This museum, called the Naval Historical Center, has the largest collection of naval ship models that I've ever seen. In addition, it has two naval aircraft--a US Navy Corsair fighter and a Japanese Ohka (Cherry Blossom) kamikaze plane. It also has a huge collection of small arms, mines, navigational gear, light naval artillery, and other memorabilia. In the far back are two deep-sea submarines, the Alvin and the Trieste. The latter, underwritten by the city of Trieste, Italy, is the only manned submarine to dive to the bottom of the Marianas Trench. This is the deepest part of the entire ocean.

There's a lot more here than at the Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Avenue. The only drawback is that you must have an official US Government ID card (i.e., military ID, common access card, or contractor ID) to enter the base. Otherwise, you must call the phone number below for reservations. To a historian, it's well worth it.

The museum is open 9:00-5:00 weekdays, and 10:00-5:00 weekends and holidays. It's free.

Address: 805 Kidder Breese Street SE, Navy Yard 20374
Directions: Go the the Navy Yard's main gate on 9th and M Streets. Present your ID to the guard, and go toward the waterfront. Turn left past the old chapel and the Forge Building. The museum is in a small white building. Metro: Navy Yard, on the Green Line.
othercontact: 202-433-6897 Reservations
Phone: 202-433-4882 Information
Website: http://www.history.navy.mil/

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  • Updated Mar 10, 2007
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