By the National Museum of the United States Navy, Naval History and Heritage Command
Please join us at the Washington Navy Yard from noon until 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24 for a Family Day when we commemorate two of the most important events of the War of 1812: the Battle of Bladensburg and the burning of the Washington Navy Yard.
To commemorate these events, the National Museum of the United States Navy will open the new exhibit “Defeat to Victory: 1814-1815” and holding a number of events. From noon to 4 p.m., families can enjoy craft activities including making model ships, pin wheels, and flags. There will also be a chance to get immersed in what the War of the 1812 would really have been like, with an opportunity to look through a sailor’s sea chest and surgeon’s kit, hear music in two special 1812 themed concerts by living history musicians The Chanteyman, and even see an authentic artillery drill!
Joining our celebrations is a visit from Pride of Baltimore II through Aug. 25 with public visitation from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This ship is a reproduction of an 1812-era topsail schooner privateer and her visit will give you a feel of how the Washington Navy Yard looked in August of 1814 when the Yard was bustling with the building, repairing and supplying of ships for the Navy. Visitors can tour the ship from the Riverwalk throughout her visit and on the 24th witness a gun demonstration at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
A historical hour-long walking tour on the “Burning of the Washington Navy Yard” will happen twice, 7 p.m. on the 22nd and 4 p.m. on the 24th. Learn about this important event with members of the National Museum of the United States Navy, treading where men like Commodore Joshua Barney once walked. Attendees should meet at Building 76 of the National Museum of the United States Navy five minutes before the tour starts. Reservations for the tour can be made by calling 202-433-6897. Guests without U.S .military, U.S. Civil Service or law enforcement identification will need to register. We will need the names of all the adults, 18 years of age and older, as well as their driver’s license number and from which state it is issued. Last minute add-ons can be accommodated as long as they have a military ID/CAC.
The Family Day on Aug. 24 promises to be an exciting reason to visit the National Museum of the United States Navy. The museum is free, opening Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on weekends and Federal Holidays between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Guests without U.S. military, U.S .Civil Service or law enforcement identification must be escorted by a member of their party with accepted ID, escorted by museum staff, or call five working days in advance for a reservation.
On weekdays, all visitors who require escort must enter the 11th and O Street SE gate to obtain a visitor pass and escort. On weekends, all visitors will enter the 6th and M Street SE gate. Those who require an escort will obtain one at the 6th and M Street gate. All adults 18 years of age and older must have current government photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. For questions about access or to make a reservation to visit the Washington Navy Yard, please call (202) 433-6897 or (202) 433-6826. For the most current information on hours, visitation procedures, and more information about the National Museum of the United States Navy, visit our website at www.history.navy.mil/NMUSN, and follow us on Facebook (National Museum of the United States Navy) and Twitter @NtlMuseumUSNavy.
The Washington Navy Yard and the U.S. Navy Museum is accessible by both the Navy Yard (green), Eastern Market (blue and orange) metro line stations and several Metro Bus routes including the D.C. Circulator. Please visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Metro’s website for more details and service status.
- Eastern Market Metro Station (Orange/Blue Line)
Exit the metro station and walk south on 8th St SE for 0.5 miles.
Weekdays: Turn left onto M St SE for 1 block and turn right onto 11th St. The O St gate is the last gate before the water.
Weekends: Turn right onto M St SE and continue for two more blocks and enter the 6th and M St SE gate.
- Navy Yard Metro Station (Green Line)
Exit the metro station via New Jersey Ave.
Weekdays: Walk east on M St until you come to 11th St and turn right. The O St gate is the last gate before the water.
Weekends: Walk east on M St until you arrive at the 6th St gate.