DVIDS – News – SECNAV Announces Preferred Location for New National Museum of the United States Navy

Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro announced the Department of the Navy’s preferred location for a new National Museum of the United States Navy (NMUSN) during an event today at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. DC, to celebrate the service’s 247th anniversary.

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.”

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. .”

The Navy has partnered with the Navy Museum Development Foundation to assist in the development, design, construction, renovation and operation of a multi-purpose 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.

Date taken: 18.10.2022
Date posted: 18.10.2022 19:16
Story ID: 431595

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