Naval History and Heritage Command has directed all U.S. Navy museums to temporarily close to the public as a precautionary measure to avoid large groups of people to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The health and safety of museum visitors, staff and volunteers is a top priority. 

The museums will likely remain closed through the end of May 2020. Museums will reopen when appropriate based on guidance distributed by local health officials, Department of Defense, Department of the Navy, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For updates on museum reopening dates please continue to check this website regularly.

Despite the closure to the public, staff continue to provide information and resources on Navy history - such as virtual tours, lesson plans, and ideas for crafts - through their websites and social media platforms.


<p>030421-N-0000X-01:&nbsp; Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard, 2003&nbsp;</p>

 Washington Navy Yard (Apr. 21, 2003) -- The Navy Museum is celebrating its 40th anniversary and the legacy of past naval museums with a new exhibit called, "Spanning Three Centuries: Museums on the Washington Navy Yard." This anniversary exhibit highlights images and artifacts from the Navy's original collection and its early museums. As the largest museum to chronicle the history of the U.S. Navy from its creation to the present, the modern Navy Museum continues to embody founder Adm. Arleigh Burke's vision of sharing the Navy's history and traditions with the world. U.S. Navy photo.

Navy Museums affected and links to their web and social media sites for resources:

National Museum of the United States Navy (Washington Navy Yard, DC)
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmusn.html
https://www.facebook.com/NMUSN/

National Museum of Naval Aviation (Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.)
http://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/
https://www.facebook.com/NavalAviationMuseum/

National Museum of the American Sailor (Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill.)
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas.html
https://www.facebook.com/nationalmuseumoftheamericansailor/

Hampton Roads Naval Museum (Norfolk, Va.)
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/hrnm.html
https://www.facebook.com/HRNavalMuseum/

United States Navy Seabee Museum (Naval Base Ventura County, Calif.)
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/seabee.html
https://www.facebook.com/seabeemuseum/

Submarine Force Museum/USS NAUTILUS (Sub Base New London, Conn.)
https://www.facebook.com/USNSubforceMuseum/
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/subforce.html

United States Naval Undersea Museum (Keyport, Wash.)
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/undersea.html
https://www.facebook.com/navalunderseamuseum/

Puget Sound Navy Museum (Bremerton, Wash.)
https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/psnm.html
https://www.facebook.com/pugetsoundnavymuseum/

Naval War College Museum (Naval Station Newport, RI)
https://www.facebook.com/navalwarcollegemuseum/
https://www.usnwc.edu/NWC-Museum

United States Naval Academy Museum (U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.)
https://www.usna.edu/Museum/
https://www.facebook.com/usnamuseum/

Naval History and Heritage Command, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of U.S. naval history and heritage. It provides the knowledge foundation for the Navy by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy's unique and enduring contributions through our nation's history, and supports the fleet by assisting with and delivering professional research, analysis, and interpretive services. NHHC is composed of many activities including the Navy Department Library, the Navy Operational Archives, the Navy art and artifact collections, underwater archeology, Navy histories, 10 museums, USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.