The museum invites you to learn about some of the newest artifacts accessioned into the museum collection.  Learn how and why the objects were considered and be the first to see these objects first hand before they go into storage.  Presentation will be given by Wesley Schwenk, Museums Registrar.

About the Speaker: Wesley Schwenk received his BA in History from The Pennsylvania State University and his MA in History with a concentration in Public History from La Salle University. He has worked with multiple local historical societies, the Independence Seaport Museum, the National Park Service at Valley Forge National Historical Park, the National Archives, and the Naval History and Heritage Command.  He joined the National Museum of the U.S. Navy in the spring of 2019.

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Mask Guidelines: A mask is not required while inside the museum or while attending any programs. A mask is not required anywhere outside on the Washington Navy Yard grounds.

Parking Option: Harris Teeters underground parking garage (401 M Street SE). Parking is free for 90 minutes.  Once you park, you will need to go into the store and validate your ticket.  Keep your ticket since you will need it to exit the garage.  After validating your ticket, exit the store and walk to the 11th and O Street entrance of the Navy Yard.  Be at the entrance by 11am and wait on the sidewalk outside the entrance gate.  Have your driver’s license or other form of government issued I.D. with you.

A museum educator will be at the gate at 11:00am to escort you onto the base and to the museum.

A second and final pick-up from the gate will made at 11:20am.

Note: Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to be escorted onto the base then to the museum building. If taking Metro, exit the Navy Yard/Ballpark stop.  Exit the metro then walk to the base entrance at 11th and O Street SE (about 10 minutes). Plan to arrive at the entrance one hour before the start of the program. Be at the entrance by 11am and wait in the area adjacent to the Visitor Center.  A museum educator will be there to bring you onto the base.  If you need to contact the museum on the day of the program, call our front desk at 202.685.0589.

NMUSN Collections Manager:   Mr. Wesley Schwenk

NMUSN Collections Manager:   Mr. Wesley Schwenk 

USS Chester Pennant -- a new NMUSN acquisition

USS Chester (CL-27) Pennant -- a new NMUSN acquisition