The US Navy intends to acquire land next to the Washington Navy Yard to build a new museum as part of measures to immortalize its history and heritage.
During the Navy’s 247th anniversary celebration, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced that the Navy Department had moved into the field to accommodate the construction of a new National Navy Museum in the United States. United States (NMUSN). The land would be acquired either by land exchange or direct purchase.
With the new campus-style museum, the Navy intends to honor the service of American sailors, provide a cultural center for those who have served and are serving today, and help share the history of the service with the audience.
The Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) is the department responsible for the new initiative and the Navy has set a goal to have the museum ready by October 2025, in time for the 250th anniversary of the service.
The Navy has its eye on six acres of land just outside the Tingey Gate at the Navy Yard. The Department of the Navy has undertaken consultation and public participation as required by the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.
“The exhibits in this new museum will create a living memorial to the United States Navy’s legacy of victory and bravery, bringing to life the human experiences of service at sea,” said Del Toro.
Originally a shipbuilding and storage facility, the Navy Yard is the service’s oldest shore-based facility and has been in operation for more than two centuries. The yard was once a heavy industrial factory, focusing on the development, construction and testing of naval guns, before later becoming a major administrative center.
After World War II, its name was changed to Naval Gun Factory, then to Naval Weapons Plant in 1959. Within a few years, in 1962, the Ministry of Defense left the government-owned production facilities and the name returned at Washington Navy Yard. Today, it serves as a ceremonial and administrative center for the United States Navy.
The Navy Museum Development Foundation assists in the development, design, construction, renovation and operation of the multipurpose museum campus, a model similarly used by the US Marine Corps and US Army in their national museums. The US Coast Guard has just begun construction on its first-ever national museum, located in the service’s longtime homeport of New London, Connecticut.