The US Navy is planning to create a new National Museum in DC, it was announced by Secretary of the Navy Kenneth Braithwaite on Tuesday.
The new museum, which will be designed like a campus, will replace the National Museum of the US Navy (NMUSN) in Southeast DC by 2025.
There will be interactive displays and 4D theater presentations, icons of naval history, artifacts that pay tangible tribute to sailors, according to a release from the Navy.
It aims “to honor the service of American Sailors and enhance the public understanding of our vibrant history and heritage.”
The facility is expected to cost $450 million and it will “bring to life the human experiences of serving in the U.S. Navy, deliver leading-edge engagement to amplify Navy priorities and operations, showcase the history and heritage of all Navy communities, and create a memorial to our heritage and the service and sacrifice of American Sailors.”
The new NMUSN will be celebrating 250 years of the Navy’s history through exhibits and educational programming to tell the stories of Sailors.
The location has not been agreed on yet, however, it is likely to be in the vicinity of the historic Washington Navy Yard.
Entrance to the new museum will be free of charge.