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“Hidden Museum That Most People Miss” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy
Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington DC, DC 20374-5060
202-433-4882
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Ranked #64 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Military Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Hidden Museum That Most People Miss”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

The Navy museum is hidden and if you dont' know it's there you will miss it. Worth going to so that you learn about the history of the Navy and learn about the famous Admiral's and all about what the Navy does.

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“Anchors Aweigh”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Great place to visit. It's only a mile walk from the Metro Station in a nice neighborhood by the Nationals' ballpark. The museum is neatly laid out by historical subjects; that is, you'll encounter its participation in the American Revolution first, followed by the War of 1812, and so forth. For me personally, learning about the USN's part in World War I was interesting; it's a little-know subject. Of course, the most space is devoted to World War II, that being a global effort, and both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters are covered. Military enthusiasts could easily spend the day here and people less so inclined will find it a few hours well spent.

Visited April 2013
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Cumberland, Wisconsin
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“Great Museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We've probably been to the Navy Museum 3 or 4 times now. Every time we go we look up my Dad's service record on their Navy Log. We've taken a couple of our grandsons to D.C. and they both wanted to go to the Navy Museum and have their pictures taken along side the computer screen with great grandpas picture/service record. It really made their trip to our nations capitol and brings it down to a personal level for them. Could easily spend an hour or more there!

Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A great little place to spend an hour or two”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

I've lived in the DC area for over a decade and finally visited this place the other day. As others have noted the entrance is very unassuming, but once you get inside it's really quite nice. Plenty of small exhibits to see, everything from uniforms worn by the various units of the Navy, to models of ships, and video clips of naval operations. There's a wall with commenmorative plaques and I was stunned to find one for the fleet oiler that my uncle served on during WWII. The staff is extremely pleasant and helpful. There's a theater that seats about 120 that plays old video and film clips. If you are looking for a respite from the big, crowded museums and exhibit halls of the Smithsonian, this is a great little break.

Visited February 2013
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“It's Free and it's great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Once you figure out how to gain access, this gem is worth it. Lot's of great exhibts that you can get right up to. Coupled with the display ship BARRY, this little known spot is a must see when you visit DC. It's a bit of a walk from the Metro, but not too far for kids and adults. My kids and I love it, as does grandpa.

Visited July 2012
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