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United States Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center
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Owner description: A statue of The Lone Sailor peers over this memorial, which consists of a plaza bearing a granite world map flanked by waterfalls and fountains. The heritage center contains exhibits on naval history.
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Conveniently located between the spy museum and Archives, this is a place to look at a world map and maybe sit down.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I visit the Memorial every time I'm in the DC area. The courtyard is the real attraction with the water feature, historical depictions, and the like, an incredible display. The reliefs around the outside in particular. Each is slightly different in style, but each is very compelling in the story they tell about a specific naval discipline. The majority of the Heritage Center is downstairs, underground via a entrance in a building behind the fountain memorial. It's not a big center but it's well represented.

Several times a year they have special exhibits displaying the heritage of the Navy and during my visit the display honored the Navy Chiefs and was very well done. There's a large "ship's store" (Navy speak for gift shop) with a nice selection of memorabilia selling thoughtful, high quality souvenirs.

One of the main features is the wall of plaques, a display of Men, Women, Ships, Crews and Squadrons who have plaques dedicated to their service and history. The Navy Log room has touch-screen kiosks to register and search for Sea Service members and veterans; you can also add in names if they are not listed, of people you know. There are also several large exhibits, to look at as well, a library and a large theater for special events and showings.

All in all, a very worthwhile visit and Highly recommended way to spend an hour or so if in Washington DC. It is behind the National Archives, adjacent to the Archives/Navy Museum Metro stop.

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Reviewed 14 June 2014

I was privileged to be there on the 72nd memorial on The Battle Of Medway. It was a beautiful poignant moment when the Star Spangled Banner was being played. It definitely bought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Nice memorial... Duck floating on the water. Well done... like a boat with bronze sculptures. As you walk to the Capitol, it's a nice place to relax in the sun...

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

The Navy Memorial usually holds concerts during the summer. The Navy Band plays a variety of songs and the general mood is very fun and patriotic. I also enjoy visiting during formal ceremonies.

Thank Angela C
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