Navy Museums Temporarily Close

Story Number: NNS200316-10Release Date: 3/16/2020 12:03:00 PM
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From Naval History and Heritage Command Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Editor's note: This release has been updated to remove scheduled opening date and reflect temporary closure. Museums will reopen when appropriate based on DoD and DoN guidance. Additionally, new links with museum resources have also been added in to the release.

Naval History and Heritage Command has directed all U.S. Navy museums to
temporarily close to the public as a precautionary measure to avoid large groups of people to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The health and safety of museum visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority. NHHC is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and continues to follow guidance distributed by local health officials, Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the closure to the public, staff continue to provide information and resources on Navy history- such as virtual tours, lesson plans, and ideas for crafts - through their websites and social media platforms.

To access these resources and learn more, visit the following links: National Museum of the United States Navy (Washington Navy Yard, DC)

National Museum of Naval Aviation (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.)

National Museum of the American Sailor (Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.)

Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk, Va.)

United States Navy Seabee Museum (Naval Base Ventura County, Calif.)

Submarine Force Museum/USS NAUTILUS (Sub Base New London, Conn.)

United States Naval Undersea Museum (Keyport, Wash.)

Puget Sound Navy Museum (Bremerton, Wash.)

Naval War College Museum (Naval Station Newport, RI)

United States Naval Academy Museum (U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.)

Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is
responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval
history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by
maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the
Navy's unique and enduring contributions through our nation's history, and
supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research,
analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities
including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the
Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, 10
museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

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The Navy Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the legacy of past naval museums with a new exhibit
030421-N-0000X-001 Washington Navy Yard (Apr. 21, 2003) -- The Navy Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the legacy of past naval museums with a new exhibit called, "Spanning Three Centuries: Museums on the Washington Navy Yard." This anniversary exhibit highlights images and artifacts from the Navy's original collection and its early museums. As the largest museum to chronicle the history of the U.S. Navy from its creation to the present, the modern Navy Museum continues to embody founder Adm. Arleigh Burke's vision of sharing the Navy's history and traditions with the world. U.S. Navy photo.
April 22, 2003
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