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National Museum of the United States Navy
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$169.50*
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US Navy Tour in Washington DC
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$240.00*
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Ranked #135 of 458 things to do in Washington DC
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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.
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.

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

The museum is well worth visiting, and you can also spend an enjoyable couple of hours walking in the Navy Yard (which has some outdoor parks as well as a food court that's open to the public), plus you can visit the USS Barry when it's open for visitors. The museum provides an overview of the history of the US Navy from its founding in 1775 up to the Korean War. There are mock-ups of the USS Constitution, as well as detailed models of dozens of ships (some models are almost 20 feet long). There's also a Corsair fighter plane, a kamikaze rocket plane, and several navy guns. Plenty of things for kids to enjoy as well. To get to the museum, we had to go to the visitor's entrance on 11th and O St SE and get our "walk-in" passes, but this only took a couple of minutes. It's a good idea to call the Visitors Center a few days in advance to clarify the entry procedures, because they can change. Also, call the USS Barry to make sure when it's open for visitors. We made a couple of videos of our visit and posted them on my YouTube channel (PHIL00075).

Thank Phil R
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Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Now don't get me wrong, it was very interesting and informative. The heat was turned up so high that I'm surprised (joking) that the paintings didn't melt off. But seriously we had to remove our coats and could've walked through there in a bikini in the cold month of January. They should seriously do something about that. I was also disappointed that the gift shop was closed. Granted we are from Norfolk, VA and could probably find most on our bases it still fun to see what they have.

We would've loved to have tired the Barry but for some reason this time of year the tours are shut down, but there was no one even around to inquire anything with.

I'm happy we went but to me it was definitely a one time visit unless we go back to tour the ship.

Thank AutumnB591
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

It is a bit of a hidden gem, and just across from the National Archives. It's a bit larger than you think from the outside, and you can look up family or friends that have been in the Navy to see if there's additional detail about them they have updated. Only 8 Presidents served in the Navy at this point - you'll find out who if you go. Free.

Thank PSoTD
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

If you are into ships then this is unmissable (though little known). A huge range of models, artifacts, good interpretation, full scale exhibits including a destroyer, and now a new Cold War gallery being gradually filled. Children will love it, but so will grownups.

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