The U.S. Naval Academy Museum belongs to the Navy, in short. The 338-acre large campus is located in Annapolis and the museum lies right within it. Established in 1845, the federal services academy educates officers to commit to the U.S. marine corps. The entire campus is a historical landmark and features many stunning buildings, monuments and gadgets.
The museum is located at Preble Hall, only built in 1939, and has a size of about 1,111 square metres, featuring four galleries. Before, the collections were only held in different spots throughout the campus.
One of the eldest collections are the flags of the Navy that have been collected over time and are now well taken care of. After the civil war, the Navy Department began to transfer important items such as war trophies to the Naval Academy and other naval institutions such as the New York Navy Yard and the Boston Naval Library started to donate their items too which grew the collection immensely in the 19th and 20th century.
The main objects represented in the museum are flags, uniforms, weapons, medals and books. It’s interesting to explore them and find out about Americas overseas history. Annually, more than 100,000 visitors pass along the exposition. Find out about the history of sea-power and the development of the academy over the years.. Video and audio technology bring the expositions into life.
From 2007 until 2008, the museum has undergone full refurbishment which makes it a very modern and safe place to visit nowadays. When in Annapolis and you’re interested in history, this place is an absolute must-see. We bet you’ve always wanted to know how the Navy was founded. Here’s your chance..
*Admission is free and the museum is open from Monday through Sunday.