US Naval Museums Open Up to the Public

first_img View post tag: War View post tag: Museums View post tag: open View post tag: Defence View post tag: up Training & Education View post tag: Naval National Museum of the United States Navy, Cold War Gallery and Display Ship Barry will be accessible through a new gate open to the public starting Aug. 1. For the month of August, Naval History and Heritage Command along with the support of Naval District Washington, will offer free public access via the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail to the newly opened Cold War Gallery, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy and Display Ship Barry.The only day the museums will not be open is on Mondays, due to the furlough restrictions.Until this point, it has been a challenge for visitors to access these national treasures due to security requirements. However, a special agreement was reached to make a family-friendly option for museum goers, located within a 15-minute walk of the Nationals Park.“We are very excited about the possibility of introducing even more of our neighbors to the rich history of the U.S. Navy,” said Capt. Jerry Hendrix, the director of the Naval History and Heritage Command, which is responsible for the U.S. Navy’s museums.“There is something for everyone, from young children to our senior veterans.”Located at the Washington Navy Yard, the National Museum of the U.S. Navy displays art and artifacts from the Revolutionary War, Antarctic exploration, World War I and World War II, as well as submarine innovations. Visitors will enjoy peering through a submarine periscope, learning about deep sea exploration and diving, and maneuvering WWII-era artifacts. The Cold War Gallery, opened in October, displays a large submarine section, including a view of living and working conditions, artifacts from Vietnam POWs, displays from the Korean War, as well as an interactive exhibit called the “Lion’s Den.”Display Ship Barry is one of only three remaining Forrest Sherman class destroyers. Barry is the third ship to bear the name of the illustrious Revolutionary War naval hero, Commodore John Barry. She supported the 1958 Marine and Army airborne unit landing in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1962, she was a member of the task force that quarantined Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in response to evidence that Soviet missiles had been installed on the island. In 1979, Barry joined the Middle East Force for Persian Gulf service during the very tense period that accompanied the Iranian Revolution. In 1981-1982 Barry made her final deployment in that area. USS Barry was decommissioned in 1982 and arrived at the Washington Navy Yard in 1983.[mappress]Press Release, July 30, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Exhibition View post tag: Publiccenter_img View post tag: Navy July 30, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Naval Museums Open Up to the Public View post tag: US View post tag: Cold View post tag: usa View post tag: Defense US Naval Museums Open Up to the Public Share this articlelast_img read more