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US Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center

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US Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center

Dedicated on the Navy’s 212th birthday in 1987, this memorial features the world’s biggest map of itself—a flat granite circular map measuring 100ft across, with this very spot at its center—compassed by an apron with 22 bas-reliefs depicting naval highlights like Teddy Roosevelt’s globe-circling Great White Fleet of 1907, Commodore Perry’s 1854 expedition to Japan and the "Silent Service" of submarines. Off-center stands a statue of the Lone Sailor, stolid in his pea jacket. Just off the Memorial plaza, the Heritage Center has exhibits on the Gallery Deck and screens several films daily on a 52ft screen.


Venue name: US Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center
Address: 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington D.C.

Cross street: between 7th & 9th Streets
Opening hours: Heritage Center 9.30am–5.30pm daily
Transport: Archives-Navy Memorial Metro
Price: Admission free
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