Navy Art Collection
The Navy Art Gallery is currently closed to visitors. This closure is to prepare the entire collection for movement to an offsite facility with appropriate environmental conditions. The Art Gallery will reopen in a new facility in 2012. It is recommended that researchers call ahead for an appointment at 202-433-3815. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
The Navy Art Collection has over 15,000 paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture. It contains depictions of naval ships, personnel, and action from all eras of U.S. naval history, but due to the operation of the Combat Art Program, the eras of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and Desert Shield/Storm are particularly well represented. The Branch manages the art collection, produces exhibits, loans artwork to museums and institutions, and provides research assistance on the art collection. Copies of most of the images on this home page can be ordered.
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Polar Exploration - Operation Deep Freeze
Operation Deep Freeze was a series of scientific expeditions to Antarctica in 1955-56. The impetus behind these expeditions was the International Geophysical Year 1957-58. It was a collaboration effort between forty nations to carry out earth science studies from the North Pole to the South Pole and at points in between. Their goal: to advance world knowledge of Antarctic hydrography weather systems, glacial movements, and marine life. The U.S. Navy was charged with supporting the U.S. scientists for their portion of the IGY studies.
Women in Uniform
From a Yeoman (F) in WWI to a contemporary aviator, this exhibition features works of art from the Navy Art Collection that depict female Navy military personnel. Women have had a continuous and growing presence in the U.S. Navy throughout the 20th and into the 21st century. Whenever international or domestic events dictated the need, the Navy expanded its opportunities for women to serve.
Fight, Let's Go: Works by McClelland Barclay
During World War II, illustrator and advertising artist McClelland Barclay lent his talents to the Navy's New York Recruiting Office, creating some of the war's most recognizable images for recruiting posters. He also volunteered to go to the front line and painted dozens of portraits of officers and enlisted men. Included in this exhibit are his previously unpublished "Heroes of the South Seas" sketches.
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Location: Washington Navy Yard, Navy Art Collection, Building 67
Hours: Monday - Friday 0900 - 1530 (9am to 3:30pm) Saturday, Sunday and Federal holidays Closed