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There are many places to learn about the US Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and, during this commemoration period, the War of 1812. This includes amazing museums and memorials where you can see famous fighting ships, learn about great battles and see first hand the technologies, ships and planes that have been Keeping the sea free for more than 200 Years!

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War of 1812 Memorial - Natchez Trace Parkway

      
TN USA

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

      
Washington DC USA

Devoted to the display of naval artifacts, models, documents and fine art, the museum chronicles the history of the United States Navy from the American Revolution to the present conflicts. Interactive exhibits commemorate our Navy's wartime heroes and battles as well as peacetime contributions in exploration, diplomacy, navigation and humanitarian service.

National Museum of the Marine Corps

      
Triangle VA USA

The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines--past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum's soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

National U.S. Coast Guard Museum

      
New London CT USA

Tucked away on the grounds of the picturesque U. S. Coast Guard Academy, the Coast Guard Museum contains artifacts that span the two hundred year history of America's premier maritime service.  Featuring everything from models of a series of early steamships to the 270-foot cutter that plies the waters of today, the exquisite craftsmanship captures the changes in ship design over the last two hundred years.  Other fascinating things include one of the only first-order Fresnel lenses on display in the United States.  This 10-foot tall set of prisms was initially installed in the lighthouse at Cape Ann, Massachusetts.

China Lake Museum of Armament and Technology

      
China Lake CA USA

Visit and tour the exciting China Lake Museum of Armament and Technology and learn about the rich air and surface weapon systems development heritage of one of the Navy's premier weapons research, development, and test facilities located in the Upper Mojave Desert at China Lake, California. The Museum is located on the US Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake. A large variety of present and past, US Navy aircraft, weapons and technology are available for close up viewing and scrutiny. In addition the Museum has a well stocked gift shop with books, videos, clothing and other paraphrenalia relative to the museum's exhibits. Much of the weapon development heritage of the China Lake facility--past, present, and future--is unique and irreplaceable, and has been nationally recognized as a critical resource that has provided advanced weapon system development and support for maintaining the United States' unsurpassed military strength from World War II to the present. The museum preserves and displays many unique achievements in naval air and surface armament and technology.

USS Constitution Museum

      
Charlestown MA USA

The USS Constitution Museum "serves as the memory and educational voice of the USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her."

US Naval Academy Museum

      
Annapolis MD USA

The U.S. Naval Academy Museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually from all over the world. Located in Preble Hall on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Academy, the Museum offers two floors of exhibits about the history of seapower, the development of the U.S. Navy, and the role of the U.S. Naval Academy in producing officers capable of leading America's sailors and marines. Our displays combine historical artifacts with video and audio technology to bring to life the stories of the men and women who have served their country at sea.

Submarine Force Museum

      
Groton CT USA

The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines.

US Naval Academy: The Naval War of 1812 Exhibit

      
Annapolis MD USA

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME EXHIBIT
Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812

Major American exhibit on the War that combines the private collection of Mr. William I. Koch with the collection of the US Naval Academy Museum. This is an exclusive and rare opportunity to enjoy art, artifacts and ship models from two prestigious collections. The exhibit discusses the causes, prosecution and outcomes of the War with specific focus on the naval battles. Open April 1 through November 3, 2013. Free and open to the public. In Mahan Hall. Enter Gate 3. Photo ID Required.

 

 

U.S. Navy Seabee Museum

      
Port Hueneme CA USA

The second oldest of the official Navy museums, the Seabee Museum was established in 1947 in Port Hueneme, California, which today is part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC). The mission of the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum is to select, collect, preserve and display historic material relating to the history of the Naval Construction Force, better known as the SEABEES, and the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps.

Patuxent River Naval Air Museum

      
Lexington Park MD USA

The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) preserves and interprets the Patuxent River Naval Air Base history and heritage of advancing Naval aviation technology.
This Museum is the repository of artifacts, photographs and film, documents and related heritage memorabilia from Patuxent River and other stations, such as Warminster, PA, and Trenton, NJ, that have been consolidated at Patuxent River. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum is dedicated to those who have employed their talents in advancing Naval aviation research, development, testing and evaluation.

Puget Sound Navy Museum

      
Bremerton WA USA

The Puget Sound Navy Museum is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public.

Naval War College Museum

      
Newport RI USA

While the Museum is primarily for the education and the edification of the Naval War College community, it is in a larger sense the corporate memory of the Navy in the region, and it serves as a clearinghouse for naval history information in New England. The Museum Director, a subjects-area specialist, and staff answer inquiries, provide guidance and orientation talks to visitors on regional naval history and current exhibits, and assist scholarly researchers in the use of the Museum holdings. You may also access the U.S. Navy 20th Century Ships History Database, available on a kiosk at the museum.

Naval Undersea Museum (Northwest Region)

      
Keyport WA USA

As an official U.S. Navy Museum our mission is to preserve, collect and interpret Naval undersea history, science and operations for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and the people of the United States.

National Naval Aviation Museum

      
Pensacola FL USA

The mission of the National Naval Aviation Museum, an official Department of the Navy museum, is to “select, collect, preserve and display historic artifacts relating to the history of Naval Aviation.”
At the core of the Museum’s collections are more than 700 aircraft — most of which are on display at other museums, with approximately 150 located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola. These include record-setting aircraft like the NC-4 flying boat, the first plane to fly across the Atlantic, as well as combat veterans, including the SBD Dauntless that flew at the Battle of Midway, two Vietnam MiG-killers, an A-7 Corsair II that logged missions over Iraq during Operation Desert Storm and the last F-14 Tomcat to fly a combat mission.

Hampton Roads Naval Museum

      
Norfolk VA USA

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is an accredited museum operated by the United States Navy that celebrates the 235 years history of the fleet in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. We are located on the second floor of Nauticus in beautiful downtown Norfolk, Virginia.

Great Lakes Naval Museum

      
Great Lakes IL USA

As an official Department of the Navy Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Museum's mission is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Training Station/Center at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Erie Maritime Museum

      
Erie PA USA

Starting with the War of 1812 through the present day, the Erie Maritime Museum will take you through time, the people, and the events surrounding Lake Erie. When in homeport, the ship herself is the major "exhibit". Berthed within yards of the museum, the Flagship Niagara is visible from the museum's bayside picture window. Inside, the centerpiece exhibits of the museum range from a former steam-powered electricity generating station and a reconstruction of the mid-ship section of the Lawrence to a separate section of the Lawrence replica that has been blasted with live ammunition from the current Niagara's own carronades.

Other Museums & Locations - National Air and Space Museum (National Mall)

      
Washington DC USA

The National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. has thousands of artifacts on display, including the Wright 1903 Flyer; the Spirit of St. Louis; the Apollo 11 command module Columbia; and a Lunar rock sample that visitors can touch. The Museum offers 22 exhibition galleries, the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, flight simulators, a three-level Museum shop, and a food-court-style restaurant. Docent tours, daily free educational programs, and school group tours and activities are also available.

Other Museums & Locations - National Air and Space Museum (Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center)

      
Chantilly VA USA

The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Washington Dulles International Airport is the companion facility to the Museum on the National Mall. The building opened in December, 2003, and provides enough space for the Smithsonian to display the thousands of aviation and space artifacts that cannot be exhibited on the National Mall. The two sites together showcase the largest collection of aviation and space artifacts in the world. The Center was named in honor of its major donor, and features the large Boeing Aviation Hangar in which aircraft are displayed on three levels. Visitors can walk among aircraft and small artifacts in display cases located on the floor, and view aircraft hanging from the arched ceiling on elevated skywalks. Many engines, helicopters, ultra-lights, and experimental flying machines are on display in a museum setting for the first time. Among the aviation artifacts on display are the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the fastest jet in the world; the Boeing Dash 80, the prototype of the 707; the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay; and the deHavilland Chipmunk aerobatic airplane.

Historical US Navy Museums - USS Cairo Gunboat and Museum

      
Vicksburg MS USA

The U.S.S. Cairo was one of seven ironclad gunboats named in honor of towns along the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers. These powerful ironclads were formidable vessels, each mounting thirteen big guns (cannon). On them rested in large part, Northern hopes to regain control of the lower Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two.

 

The "city class" gunboats were designed by Samuel M. Pook and built by river engineer James B. Eads. Cairo was constructed at Mound City, Illinois, and commissioned in January 1862. The Cairo was destined to see only limited action in the engagement at Plum Point in May and in the battle of Memphis in June. Her most significant action came six months later when she kept a rendezvous with destiny.

Historic U.S. Navy Ships - USS Cairo Gunboat

      
Vicksburg MS USA

The U.S.S. Cairo was one of seven ironclad gunboats named in honor of towns along the upper Mississippi and Ohio rivers. These powerful ironclads were formidable vessels, each mounting thirteen big guns (cannon). On them rested in large part, Northern hopes to regain control of the lower Mississippi River and split the Confederacy in two.

 

The "city class" gunboats were designed by Samuel M. Pook and built by river engineer James B. Eads. Cairo was constructed at Mound City, Illinois, and commissioned in January 1862. The Cairo was destined to see only limited action in the engagement at Plum Point in May and in the battle of Memphis in June. Her most significant action came six months later when she kept a rendezvous with destiny.

Historic U.S. Navy Ships - USS Constitution

      
Charlestown MA USA

The USS Constitution Museum "serves as the memory and educational voice of the USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of "Old Ironsides" and the people associated with her."

Historic U.S. Navy Ships - USS Texas (BB-35)

      
La Porte TX USA

As a US Navy ship from 1914 to 1948, BB35 sailed 728,000 miles ranging north to Iceland, south to Chile, east to Italy and west to the Philippines. Crossed the Panama Canal 16 times.  The ship's longevity gives USS Texas an extensive and diverse operational history. Only ARKANSAS has a longer operational history of the 57 commissioned US battleships.

 

The USS Texas is the only surviving USN vessel that fought in WWI and WWII. In WWII, TEXAS was the only US battleship to see combat in Europe, Africa and the Pacific. In 1916, TEXAS became the first U.S. battleship to mount antiaircraft guns and the first to control gunfire with directors and range-keepers, analog forerunners of today's computers.  The USS Texas was also a test ship for naval aviation, in 1919 and radar, in 1939. The ship's last operational mission returned 4,267 troops from the Pacific to California in time for Christmas - 1945.

Historic U.S. Navy Ships - USS Scorpion

      
Upper Marlboro MD USA

The Underwater Archaeology Branch of the Naval History & Heritage Command (UAB), the Maryland Historic Trust (MHT), and the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) are undertaking the archaeological investigation of the shipwreck site assumed to be that of USS Scorpion, built in 1812 in response to the British threat to Washington D.C., and scuttled two years later in the Patuxent River.

The project is envisioned as having two distinct phases. The 2010 and 2011 seasons took the form of intrusive survey, sampling, and documentation of the wreck site to ascertain its extent, condition, artifact dispersal pattern, and to conduct any engineering studies necessary in preparation for the second phase. The second phase will involve a full site excavation through the use of a cofferdam. Extensive artifact removal and documentation of the buried hull will be followed by several years of conservation and study, leading to the final publication of the project in 2017.

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