Communication is a very important part of any military operation. The U.S.  Navy has used flags, telegraphs and various types of phones and radios to communicate messages while at sea. Join us at the museum as we learn about these astounding machines and signals and make your own signal flag messages!  Workshop will be led by museum educator, Mike Galloway.

Register through Eventbrite or email to  Mike Galloway at michael.m.galloway.civ@us.navy.mil

Mask Guidelines: A mask is not required for visitors while inside the museum (Bldgs. 70 and 76) 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.


80-G-444377:   Naval Reservists on board USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) during a twenty-eight day cruise to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 19 July 1952.   Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice R. D. Suit signaling with flags as Seaman Apprentice Elwood O. Poole decodes message.     Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

80-G-444377:   Naval Reservists on board USS Charles E. Brannon (DE 446) during a twenty-eight day cruise to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, 19 July 1952.   Quartermaster Seaman Apprentice R. D. Suit signaling with flags as Seaman Apprentice Elwood O. Poole decodes message.     Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.