Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the American Sailor

Military Ceremonies at the Museum

21st Regimental Inspection 19 August 1944

21st Regimental Inspection, 19 August 1944, U.S.N.T.C. Great Lakes, IL

The National Museum of the American Sailor is an official U.S. Navy museum under the guidance of the Naval History and Heritage Command. As such, the museum facility and its grounds are available for use by active-duty service members for military ceremonies such as reenlistments, retirements, promotions, and change of commands. For these types of ceremonies, space in the museum is available at no charge. For more information about hosting events at the museum, please contact the museum’s Ceremonies Coordinator at 847-688-3154 or  The following are general guidelines for ceremonies at the museum:

Ceremony Locations

Museum ceremonies can be held in the following venues at the National Museum of the American Sailor:

  • Museum Gallery I: Maximum seating for this area is 50 people.
  • Museum Multi-Purpose Room (Theater): Maximum seating for this area is 35 people.
  • Museum Grounds: Larger ceremonies can be held on the museum grounds, weather permitting.


Free parking is available directly in front of the museum in the Naval Station Great Lakes Visitor’s Center parking lot.

Food & Drink

No food or drink is allowed within the museum galleries unless special prior arrangements are made with the museum.   Smoking is never allowed in the museum.  Catering can be provided by private groups, or by the Naval Station Great Lakes Port O’Call Restaurant/Conference Center. For information about Port O’Call catering, please contact the Catering Manager at 847-688-6946 x5.


For smaller ceremonies which do not require set-up services (such as reenlistments), participants are required to confirm their ceremony reservations 3 days in advance. For larger ceremonies which require set-up services (such as retirements), participants are required to confirm their reservations 30 days in advance.


Please contact the museum’s Ceremony Coordinator as soon as possible for cancellations! Extending this courtesy not only helps our staff tremendously, but also frees up the time slot for others.



Published: Mon Oct 15 16:41:52 EDT 2018