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Tours and Education Offerings at The U.S. Navy Museum

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Grades 1-4 | Grades 5-8 | Grades 6-12

Scheduling Information

Admission to the Museum is free. There is no charge for tours or programs.

To schedule a guided tour or program or for more information, contact the Director of Public Programs (TTY/Voice) (202) 433-4995.

Guided Tour Schedule:
Monday through Friday: Tours may be scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays: Tours may be scheduled between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Free bus and car parking is available in front of the Museum.

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General Tours

The Museum is a self-guided facility. Scavenger hunts for children are available at the Museum's front desk. For those interested in a general guided tour experience, read below for the Museum's offerings.

Highlights of the U.S. Navy Museum (All Levels)

A sea bag of notable naval artifacts from the Museum's collection.

Learn Navy signal flags | Read a poem about a sailor's life at sea

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Programs for Grades 1-4

Hats Off!

Students salute after making hats in the Hats Off! activityNo naval uniform is complete without the proper hat or cover, as it is called in the Navy. Students compare hats--officers and enlisted, outdated and contemporary--tour the Museum, and create their own hat. Recommended for Grades K-2

Pre-visit materials available.

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Ships to the Sea

From frigates to aircraft carriers and submarines, U.S. Navy ships have unique characteristics. Students learn how Navy ships have evolved over two centuries. Pre-visit materials introduce students to ship types and nautical terms. At the Museum they tour the collection and build a wooden ship model. Groups follow up their visit to the Museum with a tour of the destroyer USS Barry. Recommended for Grades 2-5

Pre-visit materials available.

wooden ship made as a craft in museumTo learn more about naval ships, click here:

Programs for Grades 5-9

To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond

Naval expeditions and explorations to Japan, the polar regions, in space and underwater. The Master Navigator program is a great hands-on component of To the Ends of the earth and Beyond. Students put themselves in the shoes of a 19th Century sea captain and learn the principles of celestial navigation in the U.S. Navy Museum's Pathfinding on the Seas exhibit. Recommened for Grades 5-9.

Pre-visit materials available.

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Programs for Grades 6-12

Charting American History

The Navy's role in American history from the Revolution to the Space Age.

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Dive, Dive!: An Introduction to Submarine History & Technology

photograph of students with cardboard periscopesUnderwater travel has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. With the element of surprise as a major objective, designers worked to create an environment capable of supporting human life in an enclosed vessel that could maneuver underwater. In this program, students learn about the development of American naval submarines from the 18th century, manually powered Turtle to the modern day nuclear-powered submarines. Using a pre-visit activity book, students conduct experiments to help them understand the major operations of a submarine, stealth, buoyancy, speed, maneuverability, detection and habitability. On a tour of the Museum, they learn more about the history of submarines and how submarines work through looking at submarine models and the newly renovated submarine exhibit. The program culminates with a hands-on activity. Recommended for

Pre-visit materials available.

Teacher Lesson Plan: Build and Maneuver a Submarine

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In Harm's Way: The Navy in World War II

From Pearl Harbor to VJ-Day, the U.S. Navy played a critical role in World War II. Besides a guided tour of the exhibition "In Harm's Way," teachers may choose from a variety of pre-visit activities that offer their students insight into different aspects of the war. Campaigns to Victory contains self-directed learning activities that highlight the naval experience. Students continue their investigation of the Navy's role in World War II during their tour of the exhibition. Playing for Keeps, a videotape of an original play commissioned by the Museum, offers a dramatic look at the range of personal and emotional issues confronting sailors during combat. A curriculum guide, complete with activities and historical background accompanies the videotape. Victory Bingo highlights the images and events of the homefront and is played like traditional bingo. Workbooks on the Atlantic and Pacific Campaigns are available for students as self-guides to the exhibition. Pre-visit materials available.

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23 August 2005