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Security Guidelines

A service dog accompanies his veteran owner
Caption: Service dogs, like Rocky, are welcome at NMAS. But pets should stay home.

The National Museum of the American Sailor is a United States government facility and as such, visitors and staff are subject to rigorous security controls. The museum works to ensure a safe, educational environment for visitors to enjoy for generations to come. Help us preserve the collection of the National Museum of the American Sailor and the safety of its visitors and staff by cooperating with security guidelines. By entering this facility, you agree to abide by the guidelines outlined below. 



While on museum premises NO VISITOR SHALL:

  • Carry firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, including knives and explosives, either openly or concealed on the premises. The prohibition on firearms applies to all visitors, including those with concealed carry firearm permits, but not to active law enforcement personnel authorized to carry firearms. Note: Kirpans (ceremonial knives) are religious articles of faith often worn by Sikhs. These knives are permitted in the museums as long as the blades are 2.5 inches or less in length, consistent with federal law (18 USC 930);
  • Display or carry placards, signs, or banners;
  • Destroy, damage, or remove museum property;
  • Climb upon any part of an artifact, artifact case, or building;
  • Use loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language;
  • Harass (physically, sexually, or verbally) any museum visitor, volunteer, or staff;
  • Carry a bag larger than 14" wide x 12" high x 6" wide. This includes briefcases, backpacks, and suitcases;
  • Request museum personnel to hold or store items for visitors or sailors, including food delivery;
  • Loiter, sleep, or participate in unwarranted assemblies;
  • Create any hazard to persons or things;
  • Leave children under the age of 16 unattended;
  • Perform obscene or indecent acts;
  • Engage in disorderly conduct;
  • Use, possess, or sell illegal drugs, and use or possess alcohol;
  • Smoke within the building or within 25 feet of building entrances;
  • Eat or drink within the museum galleries;
  • Disregard personal hygiene that conforms to the standards for public spaces. Visitors are expected to wear appropriate clothing while in the museum, including shirts and shoes;
  • Bring dogs or other animals, other than service animals, into the building;
  • Take photographs for advertising or any other commercial purpose; or
  • Solicit for commercial or charitable purposes or distribute advertisements, pamphlets, handbills, and flyers.

Visitors who violate these guidelines may be subject to fine or imprisonment.

The museum reserves the right, at any time and for any reason or no reason at all, to implement additional and/or more restrictive rules and regulations than those contained herein. The museum also reserves the right to deny admission to or remove from the premises any member of the public who is considered to be a threat to the safety of property or guests of the museum.

Published: Thu Jun 24 09:39:44 EDT 2021