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Secretary of the Navy Announces Preferred Location of New United States Navy Museum > United States Navy > News-Stories

221018-N-FK318-1064 WASHINGTON NAVY YARD (Oct. 18, 2022) Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro speaks to members of the public at the National Museum of the U.S. Navy (NMUSN) during a ceremony celebrating the 247th Navy birthday. During the ceremony, Del Toro announced the US Navy’s preferred location for a new NMUSN, which would be on land adjacent to the Washington Navy Yard that would be acquired either by land swap or outright purchase. This would allow the museum to provide the general public with unfettered access to the history and heritage of the United States Navy. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abigayle Lutz)

The Navy’s preferred location for the new NMUSN would be on land adjacent to the Washington Navy Yard which would be acquired either by land swap or outright purchase. This would allow the museum to provide the general public with unfettered access to the history and heritage of the United States Navy.

“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. “It will give all visitors to the future museum – regardless of their previous military experience – a better appreciation and understanding of the economic and diplomatic importance of what a strong and robust navy means to our national and economic security.”

NHHC celebrates Navy's 247th anniversary

221018-N-FK318-1142 WASHINGTON NAVY YARD (Oct. 18, 2022) Navy Museum Development Foundation (NMDF) Chairman Al Konetzni, U.S. Navy Vice Admiral (Ret.), Director of Command of Naval History and Heritage (NHHC) Samuel J. Cox, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Retired), Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro, and Yeoman 2nd Class Caroline Ficklin, assigned to NHHC , cut the Navy’s birthday cake at the National Museum of the US Navy (NMUSN) during an event celebrating the Navy’s 247th birthday. During the ceremony, Del Toro announced the US Navy’s preferred location for a new NMUSN, which would be on land adjacent to the Washington Navy Yard that would be acquired either by land swap or outright purchase. This would allow the museum to provide the general public with unfettered access to the history and heritage of the United States Navy. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Abigayle Lutz)

The Navy is seeking approximately six acres of land just outside Tingey Gate at the Washington Navy Yard to improve security at the facility. The Department of the Navy is now moving forward with the consultations and public participation required by the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. A draft environmental impact statement was published in the Federal Register on October 14, 2022, to seek public comment on the acquisition of the property and the proposed uses of the land. The Navy will consider comments received during the public comment period and prepare the final Environmental Impact Statement before issuing a Record of Decision on how the land will be acquired and used.

“The NMUSN campus would serve as an educational, inspirational, cultural and ceremonial center for those who have served and are serving in the Navy today,” said Sam Cox, director of Naval History and Heritage Command, a Rear Admiral retired. “This is an exciting and tangible step toward realizing Navy Leadership’s long-standing vision to build a state-of-the-art museum that shares their nation’s incredible naval history with the American public. .”

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Artist’s impression of the new National Museum of the US Navy (NMUSN). On October 13, 2020, the Navy announced plans to build a new NMUSN campus that will serve as an educational, inspirational, cultural, and ceremonial center for those who have served and are serving in the Navy today. Exhibits in the advanced museum will demonstrate to the public the essential role a strong navy plays in the defense of the nation. Navy partners with the National Navy Museum Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) registered organization, to raise an estimated $225 million for construction of the state-of-the-art facility’s first phase with development opportunities spiral of additional phases totaling $450 million. The Navy plans to build the museum’s new campus on M Street adjacent to the Washington Navy Yard as part of the vibrant Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District. (Rendered US Navy / RELEASED)

The Navy has partnered with the Navy Museum Development Foundation to assist in the development, design, construction, renovation and operation of a multi-use museum campus to house the National Navy Museum of United States. This is a model used similarly by the US Marine Corps and the US Army in their very successful national museums.

Naval History and Heritage Command is spearheading the new NMUSN initiative and hopes to celebrate a construction milestone on the Navy’s 250th anniversary on October 13, 2025.

The NHHC, located at the Washington Navy Yard, is responsible for the preservation, analysis, and dissemination of America’s naval history and heritage. It provides the Navy’s knowledge base by maintaining historically relevant resources and products that reflect the Navy’s unique and enduring contributions throughout our country’s history and supports the fleet by assisting and providing professional research services. , analysis and interpretation. The NHHC includes many activities, including the Navy Department Library, Navy Operational Archives, Navy Art and Artifact Collections, Underwater Archaeology, Navy Histories, 10 museums, the USS Constitution repair facility and the historic ship Nautilus.

For more information on the NHHC, visit www.history.navy.mil.