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Washington D.C. Naval Museum

April 26, 2012

Since 1865 there’s been some form of naval display housed on the grounds of the Washington D.C. Navy Yard, the oldest shore establishment in the U.S. Navy.  Housing a collection that dates back to the early 1800s, the Naval Museum is the oldest of its kind and the only museum that focuses on the United States Navy from inception to present day.

Inside Building 76, which has been home to the museum since 1963, you’ll find artifacts from every major event the U.S. Navy has been involved.  And I’m not just talking model boats, although there is no shortage of miniature vessels on hand.  It’s packed to the gills with planes, paintings, uniforms, artillery, the worlds deepest ocean divers, and just about everything else that has to do with the navy.  Oh, and there’s a 418 foot destroyer (DD 933) parked out back, no big deal.  Feel free to climb all over it.

High on my list of stops, I always make room for a good naval or maritime museum, and I made no exception during my recent visit to D.C.  As the oldest museum of its kind in the country it naturally packs a punch like not other.  With 75 museums in the area, it goes without saying that this one should make the cut.  If you’re into boats, naval history, and the like, you’d be selling yourself short if you didn’t make the trek across and pay a visit to the Navy Yard. [U.S. Navy Museum]

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