From the American Revolution to the present, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy proudly displays the U.S. Navy’s involvement in our nation’s history. Detailing our nation’s wars and conflicts in depth, visitors also learn about some of the important naval officers and Sailors who helped to achieve these remarkable results. Besides the permanent exhibits at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy, temporary exhibits have also been one of the museum’s strong points. In the 1960s and 1970s, some temporary exhibits were the respective histories of the Chaplain Corps, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Dental Corps. Exhibits on Samurai Swords, Naval Electronics, and the artwork of John Held were also well received during this time. In the 1980s, the artwork of Fred Freeman, the work of British War Artists, and a showcase of World War I Poster art were among the highlights. The following decade had exhibits on the Persian Gulf War and the photography of Edward Steichen, along with the art exhibits of Arthur Beaumont, John Hamilton, and Mort Kunstler. Some of the most recent exhibits focused on the War of 1812, the partnership of France and the United States with Twin Destinies, the legacy of Tom Freeman's artwork, and the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor. The current temporary exhibit is Playball - Navy and the National Pastime. In addition to this temporary exhibit area, the Navy Art Gallery annually rotates exhibits in the museum. The National Museum of the U.S. Navy is located at Building 76, and the Cold War Gallery is located in Building 70, the former Experimental Model Basin. Note, this presentation also houses imagery from the Naval Gun Factory, Museum.
Image: NH 85985: Building 76, Washington Navy Yard, circa 1961. Converted to the Naval Historical Display Center, Building 76 is now the National Museum of the U.S. Navy. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph.