Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the American Sailor

Facility Reservations

The National Museum of the American Sailor has two facility event spaces that eligible groups may request for meetings, training sessions, official ceremonies, and more. Use of the museum facilities is offered free of charge. Organizations and personnel who are eligible to apply to use the facilities of the National Museum of the American Sailor are:

  • Department of Defense and other federal agencies

  • Public agencies of state and local government

  • Veterans and military family organizations

The following spaces are available for reservation:

Museum Classroom

  • 413 square foot classroom located on the museum’s first floor.

  • Capacity: 25 people seated, lecture style; 15 people seated, banquet style.

  • Good for meetings, classes, and small ceremonies.

  • Available Equipment: 25 chairs, 9 six foot tables, wall-mounted 65” television, podium, NMCI laptop, legacy/regular laptop, VTC capability.

South End

  • 2,875 square foot event space on the museum’s first floor. Features separate entrance from outside, as well as entry to the museum’s galleries.

  • Capacity: 100 seated, lecture style; 150 standing or seated banquet style.

  • Good for large events, such as retirements and receptions

  • Available Equipment: 60 chairs, 9 six foot tables, projector, projector screen, NMCI laptop, legacy/regular laptop

Please note: The South End is rarely available on Friday, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, due to Sailor graduation.

To make a reservation:

For smaller ceremonies or events (such as meetings or reenlistment ceremonies), the museum requires a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice. Larger ceremonies and events (such as retirements and change of commands), require a minimum of 30 days’ notice.

Before submitting a Facility Reservation Form, please read the Facilities Terms of Use here.

Download and complete a Facilities Reservation Form:

  • For military ceremonies and events, use this form here

  • For non-military reservations, use this form here

Please note: Your reservation is not assured until you receive a confirmation email from a museum staff member.


Facility reservations do not include parking. Free parking is available in the public lot in front of the National Museum of the American Sailor.


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.

Full catering may only be provided by the Naval Station Great Lakes (MWR) Port O’ Call Restaurant/Conference Center. For more information about Port O’ Call catering, please contact (847) 688-6946, ext. 4. Light appetizers and/or baked goods may be brought independently of Naval Station Great Lakes Port O’ Call with the prior approval of the museum staff.

                                                 The South End is currently not available until Spring 2019

For any questions about facility reservation or the check the availability of spaces before submitting the request form, please contact the museum at (847) 688-3154.

Published: Tue Feb 26 16:44:15 EST 2019