Put on your walking shoes and join in on this fascinating tour of one of Washington DC’s oldest facilities.

Established in 1799, the Washington Navy Yard played a crucial role to the World War II war effort and was a major employer to local residents and a growing immigrant population. On the tour, you’ll see some of the major historic buildings and homes associated with the Navy Yard, learn about the people who lived and worked in the buildings and what purpose the buildings served. See the current museum building which was originally built in 1899 as an industrial gun factory that produced ammunition. The tour will give you a sense of history, time, and place. You’ll learn that the Washington Navy Yard has a story to tell, and most importantly, a legacy contributing to the historical fabric of the nation’s capital.

The tour will be lead by museum educator, Mike Galloway and lasts approximately 90 minutes.

The Washington Navy Yard Tour is offered on the last Saturday of each month, June through November.

Note: Due to security requirements at the Washington Navy Yard, you will need to be escorted onto the base. If taking metro, get on the Green Line and exit the Navy Yard/Ballpark stop, then walk to the entrance at 11th and O Street SE (about 15 minutes). Plan to arrive at the entrance gate by 10:00 AM. Please be prompt. A museum educator will be at the entrance gate to bring you onto the base and to start the tour. The last gate pickup will occur at 10:20 AM with the tour starting from inside the museum at 10:30 AM. If you need to contact the museum on the day of your tour, call our front desk at 202.685.0589. It is recommended you wear comfortable shoes for walking, and bring a bottle of water. Head coverings are optional depending on the weather.

Parking Option: If driving, you can use the nearby 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. After validating your ticket, exit the store and walk to the appropriate Navy Yard entrance. Keep your ticket. You will need it to exit the garage.

Register through Eventbrite or email Mike Galloway at micheal.m.galloway@navy.mil


Washington Navy Yard, aerial, circa early 1990s.   Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph Collection, NH 97843-KN

Washington Navy Yard, aerial, circa early 1990s.  Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph Collection, NH 97843-KN.