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Sails Unfurled: The Dawn of the United States Navy, 1775-1865

The museum's newest permanent exhibit is open now!


<p>Photo of a seabag from the Age of Sail. Artifact is part of the Sails Unfurled exhibit.</p>

Explore the U.S. Navy's earliest days and discover how enlisted sailors used hard work, teamwork, and innovation to establish the foundation of today's Navy. The exhibit showcases the life and work of enlisted sailors from the American Revolution through the American Civil War.

"Sails Unfurled" is an immersive exhibit that welcomes visitors to a recreated Age of Sail ship's deck. Based on the USS Constitution, the design of "Sails Unfurled" takes visitors back to the earliest days of the Navy. The exhibit includes several interactive elements, including a knot tying station and music from the era. 


<p>Photo of the Sails Unfurled: The Dawn of the U.S. Navy exhibit, including interactive components.</p>

Published: Sat Nov 23 10:46:38 EST 2019