History comes alive at the U.S. Navy Museum!

Devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the museum chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to the present conflicts. Interactive exhibits commemorate our Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service.


Hours of Operation

U.S. Navy Museum and
Cold War Gallery

Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm
Sat-Sun and Holidays: 10am to 5pm*

Cold War Gallery

Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm

*Both the museum and the adjacent Cold War Gallery are open most holidays, but closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

Display Ship Barry

Display Ship Barry is closed for the season. DS Barry is a separate entity from the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, but this website aims to provide visitors with updated information on the ship's operating status as it becomes available. Barry's 2015 schedule is pending.
To contact the ship, call (202) 433-3377 or
(202) 433-6115

The Museum is open to the public and tours can be arranged for schools or other groups.
Call (202)433-6826.

To enter the Washington Navy Yard and visit the National Museum of the United States Navy, visitors must have a Department of Defense Common Access Card, an Active Military, Retired Military or Military Dependent ID, or an escort with one of these credentials. All visitors 18 and older must have a photo ID. Contact us for help with accessing the museum at
(202) 433-4882.

While at the Museum, be sure to visit our Gift Shop where Navy themed books and items are available.
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Now Open - Cold War Gallery
The Gallery tells the Navy's Cold War story, and offers visitors exciting new paths for discovery in math, science, and history.
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WASHINGTON NAVY YARD | 805 Kidder Breese Street SE | Washington, DC 20374-5060