. . . sailed into history. Housed in a portion of an old gun factory, the Navy Museum is a treasure-trove of military marginalia. It is also a model builder's paradise, with everything from sized-down wooden frigates to not-so-miniature aircraft carriers. Two bonuses: the chance to clamber aboard the decommissioned Barry, a Cold War-era destroyer moored nearby, and the drive through the impressive architecture of the walled-off Washington Navy Yard.
Museumgoers can get a unique view of Washington -- through a periscope.
(Navy Museum Photo)
Washington Navy Yard. Open 0900-1600 Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. Visitors are asked to call 24 hours beforehand. For details, call 202-433-4882 or go to www.history.navy.mil.
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