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Naval War College Museum

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The Naval War College Museum interprets the history of the Navy in Narragansett Bay. Permanent exhibits interpret naval activities in the region from the colonial period through the Civil War and also focus on the Naval Torpedo Station, the Naval...more
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686 Cushing Rd, Newport, RI 02841-1213
+1 401-841-4052
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 October 2012

For something different to do while vacationing in Newport this Fall, I visited the U.S. Naval War College Museum. I was so impressed by each and every exhibit, art displays and various presentations. I literally spend hours going from floor to floor trying to take...More

5  Thank braddish
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 July 2003

The Naval War College Museum is a interesting place. It seems bigger inside than it looks from the outside. There are four floors, and something interesting on each one. The most interesting thing to me where several antique torpedoes on display. One was from the...More

6  Thank Trek25824
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were there with someone attending the Naval War College, so no issue getting in. We enjoyed the tour especially the exhibit on Perry in Japan. Lots to see, an informative visit for us. Sorry the gift shop was not open, was looking forward to...More

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Reviewed 7 June 2018

I spent a most informative and interesting couple of hours at the Museum. It is very well executed, with loads of interesting information. Highly recommended. One caveat: go their website and register to get in well before your trip. Fortunately, I received my clearance my...More

Thank carlbarry
Reviewed 18 May 2018 via mobile

A well presented history of the Navy War College and the surrounding area. It takes preplanning to get on base but the views and the museum are worth it. Plenty to learn. I was surprised to find out that the USNA moved here during the...More

1  Thank jjpuck
Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Never knew this was here until I read a TripAdvisor review. The vetting went quick and we spent about an hour or so. Glad we saw it

Thank Ello4977
Reviewed 28 December 2017

I stayed on the base for two nights, and I ended it off with a visit to this wonderful museum. The torpedo facility used to be on this base, so this museum is basically devoted to that subject. My main interest was that the US...More

1  Thank Marc C
Reviewed 29 September 2017

National security concerns require visitors to call and register for their visit one week in advance to obtain security clearance, but that is well worth the effort. Slightly off the beaten path, the War College Museum has maps, historical exhibits and special art exhibits galore....More

1  Thank mpiturro
Liz D, Director of Education and Public Outreach at Naval War College Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you so much for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the museum and please do visit us again.

Reviewed 21 September 2017

The Naval War College Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of 10 official museums operated by the United States Navy. Located in Building 10, Luce Avenue, at 686 Cushing Road, the museum is housed in a structure originally built in 1819 as the Newport...More

2  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 29 August 2017

their website is incorrect. you need to get a gate pass to get in, and they only issue them on weekdays. we tried to go to the museum on Saturday but couldn't. very disappointing. this isn't the precision our military should demonstrate.More

1  Thank setarch2016
Liz D, Director of Education and Public Outreach at Naval War College Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Dear Setarch2016, I apologize that you were not able to visit the museum last month. May I ask which website you went to for information? On our website (https://www.usnwc.edu/NWC-Museum) it does state that it takes 7 business days to be cleared to come on base,...More

Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The museum is really interesting. I had 4 teenagers with me and all found something they learned. Then we went to the Officer's Club for lunch. Anyone can eat there. Prices good and food great.

1  Thank Kirsy1
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Really interesting, especially for history buffs and more so for those with an affection or attachment for Naval History. If you have a few hours to spend - take the time to visit.

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