The United States Navy relies on large weapons to accomplish its missions. From the large guns of the age of sail to more modern anti-aircraft guns, sailors had to master the math and science of gunnery in order to help ensure the safety of their ship. Join us to learn more about the science behind cannons and anti-aircraft guns by acting as part of the crew of a cannon on an age of sail gun-deck and a World War II anti-aircraft gun.  Program will be led by museum educator, Mike Galloway.

Register through Eventbrite or email 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 10am 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 10:00am to escort you onto the base and to the museum.  A second and final pick-up from the gate will made at 10:20am.

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.


Image:  Firing of an eight-inch, 55-cal. Gun, during tests in World War II. This is a triple, single sleeve gun mount, with the right barrel removed. Shells on stand in foreground are of about 16" size, possibly for the 16" gun at right.  Courtesy of the National Archives

Image:  Firing of an eight-inch, 55-cal. Gun, during tests in World War II. This is a triple, single sleeve gun mount, with the right barrel removed. Shells on stand in foreground are of about 16" size, possibly for the 16" gun at right.  Courtesy of the National Archives