Naval History and Heritage Command

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Spanish-American War

Bldg. 76 


The Spanish-American War

This exhibit traces United States involvement in Spanish colonial conflict in Cuba, the Caribbean, and the Phillippines. During the conflict in Cuba, the Navy sent USS Maine to protect Americans living in Havana, but it exploded in the bay in February 1898. At the time, the US believed Spain attacked Maine, but this theory was disproven years later. This was the final event that propelled the United States into war with Spain. After a short war, Spain relinquished the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Marianas to the United States. The outrage over Maine is presented in this exhibit, as well as an audio presentation and diorama on Commodore George Dewey's attack on Manila Bay.

Interesting artifacts in the Spanish-American War exhibit include:

Ship Models in the Spanish-American War Exhibit area

Please click on the models below for a photographic history of the ship.   


NMUSN:  Spanish-American War:  USS Baltimore (Cruiser #3)
Description: USS Baltimore (Cruiser #3). Please click on model for a photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Spanish-American War:  USS Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser #3)
Description: USS Brooklyn (Armored Cruiser #3). Please click on model for a photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Spanish-American War:  USS Miantonomoh (Monitor #5, later BM-5)
Description: USS Miantonomoh (Monitor #5, later BM-5). Please click on model for a photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:   Spanish-American War:  USS New York (Armored Cruiser #2)
Description: USS New York (Armored Cruiser #2). Please click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:  Spanish-American War:  USS Olympia (Cruiser #6)
Description: USS Olympia (Cruiser #6). Please click on model for photographic history of the ship.

NMUSN:   Spanish-American War:  USS Vesuvius (dynamite-gun cruiser)
Description: USS Vesuvius (dynamite-gun cruiser). Please click on model for photographic history of the ship.
Published: Mon Mar 04 10:19:29 EST 2019