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Maybe it’s time to visit Navy museum in Bremerton

October 31st, 2008 by cdunagan

I have yet to spend a significant amount of time in the Puget Sound Navy Museum in downtown Bremerton, but I have walked through the facility several times and I can tell you that it looks like a wonderful place to explore. Now that it has been a year in its new location, it’s about time that I spend some time there for a closer look.

The museum struggled financially for years until it was taken over as an official Navy museum in March. Admission is free; the museum is located in a truly historical building; and it is only a couple of minutes from the Bremerton ferry terminal.

Here is the information published by the Kitsap Peninsula Visitor & Convention Bureau in recognition of the museum’s first anniversary.

Puget Sound Navy Museum Celebrates First Year Anniversary at New Location

The museum collects, preserves, and interprets the naval heritage of the Pacific Northwest for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and general public. It offers a variety of exhibits along with a gift shop, children’s area, and research library. The museum recently celebrated its one-year anniversary in historic Building 50 with the opening of a new exhibit and the anticipation of more to come.

The Puget Sound Navy Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1954 as the Shipyard Naval Museum. A dedicated group of volunteers ran the museum for the first fifty-four years of its existence. In the fall of 2007, the museum moved into a new building. It became an official U.S. Navy museum in March of 2008, and three professional staff members were hired.

Starting with approximately 600 objects, the museum’s collection now numbers more than 12,000. Today, visitors can explore the naval history of the region and experience life as a sailor through exhibits about the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, the USS John C. Stennis, and much more.

The museum’s most recent exhibit, Teamwork, Dedication, Skill: PSNS Shop 31, highlights the tools and equipment used and jobs performed by the men and women of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s machine shop. The exhibit utilizes historic and contemporary photographs, documents, and objects from the shop.

The museum is located in historic Building 50 adjacent to the Bremerton ferry terminal, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and the Bremerton Harborside Park. Built in 1896, Building 50 served as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard’s first Administrative Office. The 114-year old building underwent a city-funded $6 million renovation after being moved to its current location.

The Puget Sound Navy Museum is open to the public: Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m, to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Tuesdays during the winter months (October through April).

Admission is free and parking is available in free two-hour spots or paid parking lots in downtown Bremerton. For more information call (360) 479-7447 or visit our website.

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