National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Description And Comments

Very near the boardwalk on the Anacostia River is the Navy Yard, which was established in 1799. A former shipyard and ordinance manufacturing facility, it is now home to the Chief of Naval Operations, Naval Sea Systems Command, and many other integral Navy functions. Several naval advances including pre-Civil War nautical cannons and shipboard airplane catapults were designed and tested here. The National Museum of the US Navy – located in a former Naval gun factory – contains displays on the history and important events of the Navy and is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Touring Tips

To access the base, non-military or Department of Defense guests must have a visitor badge. To obtain this badge, you must visit the Visitor Control Center at 1022 O St SE. Downloading and completing the Base Access Pass form will greatly speed up the process.


736 Sicard St SE
Washington, D.C.
Southwest & Southeast D.C.
Navy Yard

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm