Naval History and Heritage Command

Museum Specialist examining artifact

About Curator Branch

The Curator Branch of the Naval History and Heritage Command will be engaged in several high priority projects in support of collection care and facility improvements through April 2018. As staff resources will be limited, we will not be able to accept donation of artifacts from private sources during this time. We regret any inconvenience and ask that you contact us in May.


The mission of the Curator Branch is to identify, collect, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the material history and heritage of the U.S. Navy. We contribute to the Navy’s readiness through the preservation of material heritage. Curator Branch serves as the central artifact repository for the U.S. Navy. The collection includes material from decommissioning ships, bases, and Navy commands as well as private donors. The branch’s loan program serves the Navy, civic organizations, veterans groups, museums and historical societies and has a worldwide audience. Curator Branch advises the Director, Naval History and Heritage Command on curatorial issues and establishes policy for all artifacts service wide.