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The United States Navy Memorial is charting a new course for museum interpretation and educational programming. Our exhibits tell compelling stories through interactive displays, priceless artifacts, oral histories, and creative visuals.

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The American Sailor: Agile, Capable, and Talented

tells the story of the evolution of the United States Navy. It portrays the U.S. Navy as a powerhouse with great agility to move humanity forward through action and serve those in crisis around the world. This exhibit showcases past & present seaborne accomplishments and narrates the everyday lives of service members that protect our national interests. Time and technology has definitely changed, but the sailor has not. Visitors will learn how sailors are steeped in tradition and bonded by common values.


Zumwalt: The Current that Brought the Navy to the
Shores of the 20th Century

chronicles the life and legacy of one of the Navy’s most prolific Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). This exhibit tells Zumwalt’s story, from his key accomplishments to the gales he endured as a modernizing force in the United States Navy. His creative initiatives, ongoing pursuit for talent, and desire for fairness cemented his place in American naval history. This exhibit features oral histories, personal keepsakes, family artifacts and first-hand written accounts of Zumwalt’ s life as CNO, leader, father, and husband.

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Delbert D. Black National Chief’s Mess

The Delbert D. Black National Chief’s Mess tells the unique story and important role of the Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and provides an opportunity for Chiefs around the Navy to stay connected. The National Chief's Mess was dedicated in September 2017 in memory of Delbert D. Black, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON). 

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Welcome Aboard

Welcome Aboard is an overview about the Navy Memorial and the iconic Lone Sailor statue. 


America's Navy

America's Navy features interactive touch screens with video clips of current Navy missions and maps of deployments. It was developed in partnership with the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Chief of Navy Information (CHINFO).  

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Navy After 9/11

Navy After 9/11 highlights the American Global War On Terror (GWOT). Experience post-9/11 naval operations through visuals and sound effects, including video clips, uniforms, and priceless memorabilia.

Questions? Contact Robert Parker at rparker@navymemorial.org or (202) 380.0723