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Navy Memorial and the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, DC


Navy Memorial and the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, DC

Aerial View of the Navy Memorial Plaza

Photo © Navy Memorial
The Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center in Washington DC honor and commemorate the sailors of the United States Navy. The memorial is an outdoor public plaza and the Heritage Center serves as a place to learn about the history and heritage of the men and women of the sea services.

Navy Memorial
The circular outdoor plaza, located in the heart of Washington, DC, features a “Granite Sea” map of the world, surrounded by fountains, pools, flagpole masts, and sculpted panels depicting historic achievements of the United States Navy. A statue of the Lone Sailor represents all people who ever served in the sea services.

Naval Heritage Center
Adjacent to the memorial, the Naval Heritage Center houses interactive naval exhibits and a movie theater with daily screenings of the award-winning film At Sea and the Discovery Channel’s A Day In the Life of the Blue Angels. The Commemorative Plaque Wall is a permanent memorial dedicated to individuals, groups, ships, squadrons, commands, battles or events within the U.S. Sea Services. Also onsite is a Media Resource Center, which provides a library of historical documents on the Navy. The Navy Log room provides a computerized registry to search for Sea Service members and veterans. The Ship’s Store sells nautical souvenirs and clothing.

701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., between 7th and 9th Streets. The memorial is located just steps from the Archives/Navy Memorial metro station. See a map of Penn Quarter

The Navy Memorial is accessible 24 hours a day. The Naval Heritage Center is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Concerts
The U.S. Navy Band performs on the plaza at 8:00 p.m. every Tuesday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Performances include the "Sea Chanters" chorus, "Commodores" jazz ensemble, "Country Current" country-bluegrass group and "Cruisers" contemporary entertainment ensemble. Performance Hotline: (202) 433-2525.

Event Space
The Naval Heritage Center is available to rent for special events. The Gallery Deck, or main space, features a full view of the exhibition area and can accommodate up to 115 for a seated dinner and 225 guest for a reception style event. The President Room is ideal for meetings or dinners and can accommodate up to 50 seated guests, or 75 standing. The Gallery Deck and Presidents room can be combined to accommodate as many as 420 guests for a reception. The state-of-the-art Burke Theater comfortably seats 242 guests and features a 46' X 16'screen, high definition projector, 7.1 digital surround sound, integrated teleconferencing and audio/video recording.

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