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National Museum of the United States Navy

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Welcome to the National Museum of the United States Navy located in the historic Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Housed in one of the historic buildings of the former Naval Gun Factory, the museum was established in 1961 and opened to...more
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Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese SE, Washington DC, DC 20374-5060
+1 202-433-4882
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A word to the wise - don't bother trying to see this museum on a Saturday, even though it's technically open. Despite what it says on its website, unless you're a DoD employee with the "right" ID, you can't get on the base (the website's...More

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NtlMuseumofUSNavy, Guest Relations Manager at National Museum of the United States Navy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Sir: We regret the difficulties you encountered in trying to visit the National Museum of the US Navy. We have made changes to the information on our website and the problems you encountered have been corrected. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we...More

Reviewed September 17, 2018 via mobile

Learned a little more about things the extent of the quasi-war with France and Navy involvement in 1812. Like to quantity and quality of the models. The museum is worth visiting. We only got through the older building and will go back to go through...More

Thank DCMahan
Reviewed September 7, 2018 via mobile

We tried to get onto this base a couple of years ago, but went to the wrong entrance so alas didn’t make it that year. This year we where more prepared is rang from the uk and a very nice gentleman told me the correct...More

Thank Westononthemove
Reviewed August 24, 2018

Yes, its not easy to get to (well you can drive or Uber, its a hike from a Metro station). Do you base access paperwork BEFORE you get there. Walk in, hand them the papers, and we were on the base in less than 5...More

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Reviewed August 16, 2018

Visited the National Museum of the U.S. Navy at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. The museum has two buildings; the main building with permanent exhibits dedicated to the Navy’s involvement prior to the Cold War and a separate building houses displays of the U.S....More

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Reviewed July 23, 2018 via mobile

Very interesting museum, well done, but to be able to enter in the area you have to make a permit. A few signs as signs to arrive at the museum.

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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

I took my father, retired Navy, and my two kids to the museum on the Navy Yard. We are an active family so the 15 minute walk from the metro was easy and nice sights of DC on the way. Although it was easy for...More

Thank Brandy H
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

This is a little off the beaten track in Washington DC both in terms of location and the process by which you get access - but worth it, especially if you're a navy history buff. Lots of history, models, some actual vessels and planes, and...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed June 29, 2018

I try to drop by the Navy Museum every chance I can get. Admission is free, $5 donations requested.This time they were highlighting the professional Baseball players who served in the military. As always, there are great exhibits of Navy history through the ages; this...More

Thank Larry F
Reviewed June 17, 2018

I had read the previous reviews so therefore I ran off the 2 sheets [ obtained from website ] each for my son and myself before heading out on the trip. You walk just inside the gates to the office that takes the papers and...More

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September 14, 2017|
Response from DCMahan | Reviewed this property |
No, but you must go to the Visitor Office to get a pass if you have no military/DoD Civilian ID. Entrance is free
May 18, 2017|
Response from RichardinOhio | Reviewed this property |
You have to check in at the Main Gate, fill out a form, then you are allowed entry. You can walk around the base (parts are restricted access). Enjoy.
Cynthia G
November 13, 2015|
Response from USNavyMuseum |
Cynthia, There are handicap spots in the lot across the street from the Museum. Like most parking facilities, however, the spots are first come, first serve. Please contact the Museum at 202-433-4882. for more information... More