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Military Education and Outreach

The National Museum of the American Sailor offers an array of naval history and heritage programs for current military.

A tour of sailors visits the National Museum of the American Sailor

The National Museum of the American Sailor is YOUR museum! NMAS offers a variety of education programs to enhance the history and heritage training for your command.

The museum also provides facility space for military ceremonies and meetings, volunteer opportunities, and serves as the repository for enlisted sailor artifacts from the American Revolution to today.


Education Programs

Active Duty Museum Tours - NEW!

Enjoy a guided tour of the museum's galleries specifically designed for active duty military. This tour  focuses on leadership, teamwork, and stories of honor, courage, and commitment. Lesser known sailor stories are highlighted and visitors have the opportunity to handle artifacts from the Vietnam era. Groups are always welcome to visit the museum on a self-guided tour, but prior notice of large groups is appreciated.

To book a tour, complete the Active Duty Tour Reservation Form and submit to


Speakers Bureau

Bring the museum to your command with a Speakers Bureau program. Education staff is available to offer a variety of one-hour naval history presentations. Speakers Bureau programs are offered in person or virtually. Popular presentations include: 

  • "A Day That Will Live in Infamy: The Attack on Pearl Harbor"
  • "The Battle of Midway"
  • "Good Old Goats: A History of U.S. Navy Chiefs"
  • "Who’s Who in the Navy? The Navy Rate and Rating System"
  • "The Inky Sea: Tattoos and the Navy"

Check which programs are currently available and submit a request form here


Leadership Lectures - Coming Soon!

Stay tuned for special events specifically created for active duty military. Guest speakers for Leadership Lectures may include Medal of Honor recipients, current or former MCPONs, and much more.




Retirement ceremony at NMAS
Caption: The South End set up for a retirement ceremony.

Other Services for Sailors

Facility Space

Looking for a beautiful space for your next meeting or military ceremony? The museum's historic South End is available free of charge. The space is equipped with AV equipment, tables and chairs, and full Navy ceremonial items. The museum is conveniently located outside of the Main Gate of NSGL. 

Book the space here.


Volunteer Opportunities

Accure hours toward your Volunteer Service Medal by volunteering at the museum. Volunteers assist in the following departments:

  • Education - greeting visitors, conducting tours, supporting education events
  • Exhibits and Facilities - assisting with facilities projects, providing building support for new exhibits

Learn more about museum volunteering. 


Artifact Donations

Do you have old uniforms taking up space in your closet? Are you getting ready to retire and are unsure what to do with all your Navy paraphernalia? Consider donating it to the museum. NMAS collects paper and three dimensional artifacts from enlisted personnel from the American Revolution to today.

Learn more about donating to the museum.



Published: Thu Jan 25 15:45:45 EST 2024