National Museum of the United States Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy Explore Naval History from 1775 to the present at the National Museum of the United States Navy! A free museum, devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the National Museum of the United States Navy chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to the present conflicts.
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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, during the week and by appointment on Saturdays. Access to the Museum is through the 11th and O Street, SE gate. Visitors without a Military ID or CAC Card will need to be processed through the Visitor's Center. All adults need to have a photo ID and drivers need proof of insurance and registration for vehicles. Weekend and Holiday access requires a Military ID, CAC Card, or to be pre vetted during the week at the Visitor's Center. For more information, please visit www.history.navy.mil/nmusn or call 202-433-2385. Disclaimer:

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#OnThisDay in 1798, the Department of the Navy was established!Prior to 1798, U.S. naval affairs were the responsibility...
04/30/2021

#OnThisDay in 1798, the Department of the Navy was established!

Prior to 1798, U.S. naval affairs were the responsibility of the Department of War. Establishing a department staffed with experts in naval strategy was necessary leading up to the U.S.'s Quasi-War with France. #NavyHistory #DepartmentoftheNavy #QuasiWar #ForgottenWars #NMUSN #NavyReadiness

Learn more about the U.S. Navy's 'forgotten wars' of the early 19th century - including the Quasi-War - here! https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/explore/exhibits/forgotten-wars.html

📸: Quasi-War with France, 1798-1800. USS Constellation vs. French frigate la Vengeance, off West Indies, February 1, 1800. [Artwork by Arthur N. Disney, Sr., National Archives photograph]

#OnThisDay in 1798, the Department of the Navy was established!

Prior to 1798, U.S. naval affairs were the responsibility of the Department of War. Establishing a department staffed with experts in naval strategy was necessary leading up to the U.S.'s Quasi-War with France. #NavyHistory #DepartmentoftheNavy #QuasiWar #ForgottenWars #NMUSN #NavyReadiness

Learn more about the U.S. Navy's 'forgotten wars' of the early 19th century - including the Quasi-War - here! https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/explore/exhibits/forgotten-wars.html

📸: Quasi-War with France, 1798-1800. USS Constellation vs. French frigate la Vengeance, off West Indies, February 1, 1800. [Artwork by Arthur N. Disney, Sr., National Archives photograph]

Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced d...
04/29/2021

Kick off summer at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy with films celebrating classic science fiction movies produced during the geo-political period known as the "Cold War" (1947-1991)! 🎥

All films start at 11:30 am, followed by a short tour of the museum's Cold War Gallery. Light refreshments will be available at each screening. The series begins on Saturday, June 5th in the Museum Education Center at the Washington Navy Yard, Building 76, and will run every Saturday through July 31st.

Dr. Greg Viggiano, Director of the Museum of Science Fiction will be on hand to lead a post-film Q&A on June 5th only. He directs the day-to-day management of the museum and liaises with the Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.

Film Screenings Schedule:
* June 5 | The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) | Register by May 21
* June 12 | Invaders from Mars (1953) | Register by May 28
* June 19 | Them! (1954) | Register by June 4
* June 26 | Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) | Register by June 11
* July 3 | The Blob (1958) | Register by June 18
* July 10 | King Kong vs Godzilla (1962) | Register by June 25
* July 17 | Kingdom of the Spiders (1977) | Register by July 2
* July 24 | The Thing (1982) | Register by July 9
* July 31 | The Brother From Another Planet (1984) | Register by July 16

#SciFi #SciFiFilmSeries #FilmSeries #ColdWar #NMUSN #SummerFun

#OTD 1930, Captain (Later Commodore) Dudley Knox was appointed Curator for the Department of the Navy. Knox’s 1926 artic...
04/28/2021

#OTD 1930, Captain (Later Commodore) Dudley Knox was appointed Curator for the Department of the Navy. Knox’s 1926 article ‘Our Vanishing History and Traditions’ published in the U.S. Naval Institute ‘Proceedings’ was a driving force in the establishment of the Naval Historical Foundation. He served as Secretary for its first 20 years.

Get to know Commodore Knox better here:
https://www.usni.org/people/dudley-w-knox

Read more in the Navy Dept. Library Online Reading Room here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/.../our-vanishing-history…

#preservationweek #USNavy #washingtonnavyyard #navyyard #navyhistory #navymuseum #navy #naval #historic #history #usnhistory #museum #usn #usnhistory #forgedbythesea #americasnavy #washingtondc #wny #dc #navymuseumfromhome

#OTD 1930, Captain (Later Commodore) Dudley Knox was appointed Curator for the Department of the Navy. Knox’s 1926 article ‘Our Vanishing History and Traditions’ published in the U.S. Naval Institute ‘Proceedings’ was a driving force in the establishment of the Naval Historical Foundation. He served as Secretary for its first 20 years.

Get to know Commodore Knox better here:
https://www.usni.org/people/dudley-w-knox

Read more in the Navy Dept. Library Online Reading Room here:
https://www.history.navy.mil/.../our-vanishing-history…

#preservationweek #USNavy #washingtonnavyyard #navyyard #navyhistory #navymuseum #navy #naval #historic #history #usnhistory #museum #usn #usnhistory #forgedbythesea #americasnavy #washingtondc #wny #dc #navymuseumfromhome

#historyinthemaking
04/27/2021
Ship Named after Navy Nurse Plankowner Lenah Higbee is Christened

#historyinthemaking

On April 24, 2021, newly completed destroyer USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG-123) was christened at the Ingalls Ship Yard in Pascagoula, Miss. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer holds special meaning for Navy Medicine. The ship’s namesake—Lenah Higbee— entered service in 1908 becoming part of t...

#OnThisDay in 1805, U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries led a victorious campaign against the Tripolitan city of Derna, ...
04/27/2021

#OnThisDay in 1805, U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries led a victorious campaign against the Tripolitan city of Derna, in modern-day Libya.

With help from USS Argus and USS Hornet's heavy guns, Army Lieutenant William Eaton successfully captured Derna. Lieutenant Presley O’ Bannon, who commanded the Marines, was presented with a sword, which serves as the pattern for the swords carried by today's Marine officers. Additionally, the phrase from the Marines' Hymn “to the shores of Tripoli” originated at the Battle of Derna. #BattleOfDerna #USMarineCorps #NMUSN #NHHC #Heritage #NavyReadiness

Learn more about the Derna campaign here! https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/b/battle-of-derna-27-april-1805-selected-naval-documents.html

#OnThisDay in 1805, U.S. Marines and Berber mercenaries led a victorious campaign against the Tripolitan city of Derna, in modern-day Libya.

With help from USS Argus and USS Hornet's heavy guns, Army Lieutenant William Eaton successfully captured Derna. Lieutenant Presley O’ Bannon, who commanded the Marines, was presented with a sword, which serves as the pattern for the swords carried by today's Marine officers. Additionally, the phrase from the Marines' Hymn “to the shores of Tripoli” originated at the Battle of Derna. #BattleOfDerna #USMarineCorps #NMUSN #NHHC #Heritage #NavyReadiness

Learn more about the Derna campaign here! https://www.history.navy.mil/research/library/online-reading-room/title-list-alphabetically/b/battle-of-derna-27-april-1805-selected-naval-documents.html

It's Preservation Week! Our friends at Puget Sound Navy Museum are turning their social media over to their collections ...
04/26/2021

It's Preservation Week!

Our friends at Puget Sound Navy Museum are turning their social media over to their collections managers to share behind the scenes content. Check it out.

#CollectionsManagerTakeover #PreservationWeek #MuseumCollections #behindthescenes

This week is Preservation Week! Our collections managers will be taking over our social media all week to share a peek behind the scenes here at the museum, as well as some tips and tricks for caring for your own collections at home. At the museum, we have two collections managers who care for our artifacts. They’re very excited for this chance to show off their work to preserve the museum’s collections!
#CollectionsManagerTakeover #PreservationWeek #MuseumCollections

#OTD The Navy’s first Good Conduct Medal—called the Good Conduct Badge—looked nothing like today’s. First authorized on ...
04/26/2021
Navy Good Conduct Medal

#OTD The Navy’s first Good Conduct Medal—called the Good Conduct Badge—looked nothing like today’s. First authorized on April 26, 1869 for “obedience, sobriety, and cleanliness” as well as proficiency in “gunnery and seamanship,” the decoration came in the shape of a Maltese cross of nickel, the center of which was rounded out by a medallion.

Learn more below.
https://go.usa.gov/xyPHN

#artifact #goodconduct #NavyReadiness #NMUSN #MuseumFromHome #USNavy #washingtonnavyyard #navyyard #navyhistory #navymuseum #navy #naval #historic #history #usnhistory #museum #usn #usnhistory #forgedbythesea #americasnavy #washingtondc #wny #dc #navymuseumfromhome

The Navy’s first Good Conduct Medal—called the Good Conduct Badge—looked nothing like today’s. First authorized on 26 April 1869, for “obedience, sobriety, and cleanliness” as well as proficiency in “gunnery and seamanship,” the decoration came in the shape of a Maltese cross of nick...

Photos from United States Naval Academy Band's post
04/24/2021

Photos from United States Naval Academy Band's post

We regularly celebrate an historic ship commissioning, launching, and such. How about watching history in the making?Det...
04/24/2021

We regularly celebrate an historic ship commissioning, launching, and such.

How about watching history in the making?

Details below:

Please make the time to live stream the christening of the USS Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123). We have been informed by the Director of Navy
Staff that RDML Cindy Kuehner (26th Director of the Navy Nurse Corps) will be serving as the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) representative for the
ceremony. In this capacity, she will be delivering remarks during the christening, and will present congratulatory letters to the ship's sponsor
on behalf of the CNO at the dinner following the ceremony.

This is the second time the U.S. Navy has named a warship in honor of Chief Nurse Lenah S. Higbee, who served through the 1917 Spanish Flu pandemic and
moved on to be the second Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps during the First World War (awarded the Navy Cross for her achievements - first woman to receive this decoration). The ship has three ship sponsors: Louisa Dixon, Virginia "Ginnie" Munford, and R. Pickett Wilson. They are all from
Mississippi and will be breaking the bottle of sparkling wine against the bow of the ship on Saturday evening to christen the ship in Chief Nurse
Higbee's name.

The christening of Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) will be held on April 24, 2021. Unfortunately, because of the pandemic, this ceremony will not be
open to the public, therefore a live stream will be available. Please refer to the information below for details. For questions please call the Special
Events hotline at 228-935-1256. http://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/ddg123christening/live

#navymedicine

Soaring to new heights, the Navy Dept. Library has an exciting read for us. #summerreading #navalaviation #adventure
04/23/2021

Soaring to new heights, the Navy Dept. Library has an exciting read for us.

#summerreading #navalaviation #adventure

April 23, 1915:
Lt. Patrick N. L. Bellinger, in the Burgess-Dunne AH-10 seaplane, establishes a United States altitude record for seaplanes by ascending to 10,000 feet over Pensacola, Fla
To read more about Admiral Bellinger's naval career, visit:
https://tinyurl.com/nrmyyxfn
Also, in the library, the book Patrick N. L. Bellinger and U.S. Naval Aviation by Poalo E. Coletta is available for checkout.

Via NHHC:In the video below, you will see an interview with Alma Gravely - the widow of Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr. In...
04/23/2021
Interview with Alma Gravely

Via NHHC:

In the video below, you will see an interview with Alma Gravely - the widow of Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr. In the interview, she talks about how they met, her time as a military spouse, and how much he loved the Navy.

Watch the video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4IL5MQz6bk

#AdmiralSamuelGravely #seamentoadmiral

NHHC interviews Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Jr.'s widow - Alma Gravely. In the interview, she talks about how she and Adm. Gravely met, being a spouse in the m...

Whether organizing a neighborhood trash pickup, biking to work, or planting native trees, there are countless, small ste...
04/22/2021

Whether organizing a neighborhood trash pickup, biking to work, or planting native trees, there are countless, small steps that we can each take to protect our environment and create a more habitable planet. The U.S. Navy works towards achieving a sustainable future by installing plastic waste processors aboard ships, initiating behavioral response studies to understand how underwater sound affects marine mammals, and by deploying oil spill response equipment to all seven continents, among other endeavors. 🌎

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know!

Photograph: Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Victoria Henson and Logistics Specialist Seaman Samantha Albert, both assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Northwest, pick up trash during Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s (NASWI) Maylor Point Trail cleanup, April 22, 2015. [Courtesy of Bremberton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the U.S.]

#EarthDay #Environment #Sustainable #GlobalReach #NavyReadiness

Whether organizing a neighborhood trash pickup, biking to work, or planting native trees, there are countless, small steps that we can each take to protect our environment and create a more habitable planet. The U.S. Navy works towards achieving a sustainable future by installing plastic waste processors aboard ships, initiating behavioral response studies to understand how underwater sound affects marine mammals, and by deploying oil spill response equipment to all seven continents, among other endeavors. 🌎

How do you plan to celebrate Earth Day? Let us know!

Photograph: Aviation Electronics Technician 3rd Class Victoria Henson and Logistics Specialist Seaman Samantha Albert, both assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Northwest, pick up trash during Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s (NASWI) Maylor Point Trail cleanup, April 22, 2015. [Courtesy of Bremberton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the U.S.]

#EarthDay #Environment #Sustainable #GlobalReach #NavyReadiness

Join the #NMUSN and Naval History and Heritage Command in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gra...
04/22/2021

Join the #NMUSN and Naval History and Heritage Command in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.'s achievement of becoming the Navy's first African American flag officer!

Gravely’s nearly 40 year career in the Navy spanned three major conflicts – World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War – in which he distinguished himself as a leader. He was the first African American to command a combatant ship and a naval fleet, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery upon his death in 2004. In 2010, the destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) was commissioned in his honor.

Photograph: Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., USN (center) during Third Fleet Change of Command ceremonies on board USS Reeves (CG-24) at the Naval Supply Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 10 September 1976. [Naval History and Heritage Command photograph, #NH 96778]

#TrailBlazer #50thAnniversary #NHHC #NavyReadiness

Join the #NMUSN and Naval History and Heritage Command in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr.'s achievement of becoming the Navy's first African American flag officer!

Gravely’s nearly 40 year career in the Navy spanned three major conflicts – World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War – in which he distinguished himself as a leader. He was the first African American to command a combatant ship and a naval fleet, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery upon his death in 2004. In 2010, the destroyer USS Gravely (DDG-107) was commissioned in his honor.

Photograph: Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., USN (center) during Third Fleet Change of Command ceremonies on board USS Reeves (CG-24) at the Naval Supply Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 10 September 1976. [Naval History and Heritage Command photograph, #NH 96778]

#TrailBlazer #50thAnniversary #NHHC #NavyReadiness

The National Museum of the United States Navy needs you!Become a volunteer at #NMUSN and help us welcome honor flights, ...
04/21/2021

The National Museum of the United States Navy needs you!

Become a volunteer at #NMUSN and help us welcome honor flights, interact with visitors, and share Navy history. Joining the Navy community as a museum volunteer allows you to meet extraordinary people in the Navy and from around the world.

Scheduling is flexible. Please visit our website, linked below, for more information on how to register. Welcome aboard!

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/about-us/volunteer-internships/volunteer.html

#Volunteer #MuseumVolunteer #Serve #WelcomeAboard #USNavy #NavyHistory #NavyReadiness

The National Museum of the United States Navy needs you!

Become a volunteer at #NMUSN and help us welcome honor flights, interact with visitors, and share Navy history. Joining the Navy community as a museum volunteer allows you to meet extraordinary people in the Navy and from around the world.

Scheduling is flexible. Please visit our website, linked below, for more information on how to register. Welcome aboard!

https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn/about-us/volunteer-internships/volunteer.html

#Volunteer #MuseumVolunteer #Serve #WelcomeAboard #USNavy #NavyHistory #NavyReadiness

Thanks for the shoutout!#nationalparksweek #findyourpark
04/19/2021

Thanks for the shoutout!

#nationalparksweek #findyourpark

Did you know that Anacostia Park is centered around impressive military history? Across the river, the Washington Navy Yard was founded in 1799 and is the oldest shore station in the U.S. Navy! Just down the river, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling was founded in 1917 as an Army Air Corp base! Come enjoy the great outdoors in your local National Park and be amongst great military history! #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NationalParkWeek,#MilitaryMonday

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Happy birthday Submarine Forces!
Today marks the 225th anniversary of the Naval Act of 1794. President George Washington signed “An act to provide a naval armament" authorizing the construction of six frigates, the first #USNavy ships of war!
Yesterday, researchers said they’ve found the final resting place of USS Hornet (CV 8). Now, Naval History & Heritage Command looks back at two distinct flights that defined the WWII-era #USNavy aircraft carrier’s service.