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About the Cold War

About the Gallery

It is imperative that we pay tribute by telling the stories of the brave men and women  who served and sacrificed during this significant time in our history. - Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations
About the Cold War

Why A Cold War Gallery?

The Cold War was a struggle on many levels - economic, scientific, political, military, and ideological - between the nations that emerged victorious from World War II. For nearly half a century, the United States Navy played a crucial role in the high-stakes Cold War conflict. Yet today, many Americans, especially the youngest, have little understanding of the contributions made by the Navy's Cold War veterans.

Central Gallery
The Central Gallery will serve as the entrance and provide visitors a general overview of the history of the Cold War. A Trident missile, representing the Navy's important nuclear deterrent role, serves as the signature artifact.

The Navy, recognizing the critical roles its Sailors performed, has begun work on a new Cold War Gallery for the National Museum of the United States Navy at the Washington Navy Yard. Having completed a $2.6 million renovation of a historic structure next to the current museum, the Navy has asked the Naval Historical Foundation to raise funds within the private sector for the design and installation of exhibits similar in quality to those of the Smithsonian Institution.

We seek your support to recognize the Honor, Courage, and Commitment of the men and women of the Navy who served and sacrificed. Whether they battled in the Mekong Delta, patrolled off the approaches of Murmansk, or flew from carriers stationed off Korea and Vietnam, these Americans deserve to have their stories told. The gallery will be a fitting tribute - and an important education experience for all.

The Revitalized Waterfront

Not only does the museum have attractions inside the building, but outside visitors can view the USS Barry.

The Cold War Gallery will become one of the most exciting locations of a reenergized Anacostia River waterfront, just minutes away from the National Mall, the U.S. Capitol, and the Washington Nationals' new baseball stadium.

By transferring thousands of jobs to the Washington Navy Yard in the late 1990s, the Navy has sparked a rebirth of a section of the city rich with a vibrant heritage. Corporations and government entities such as the Department of Transportation have relocated here and have spurred further development to meet rising residential, commercial, and recreational requirements.

The anticipated opening of the Anacostia Riverwalk will allow easy public access to such attractions as the stadium, new waterfront restaurants and shops, the retired destroyer Barry, and the Cold War Gallery. With annual attendance projected conservatively at 500,000 visitors, the Gallery and its 'flag ship,' the National Museum of the United States Navy, will offer an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages.

By joining with us in this effort, you can be a part of that experience!



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