When you visit us, you will discover that we have rules of conduct and security measures in place to ensure your safety and the safety of the artifacts you are coming to see. The museum is a U.S. government facility located on U.S. Navy property and as such, visitors and staff are subject to rigorous security controls. We work diligently every day to ensure the preservation of our country’s naval undersea history for the enjoyment of generations to come, and we ask for your cooperation and assistance in keeping America’s treasures safe. When you visit, please be prepared to adhere to the guidelines described below. Additional requirements may be put in place to coincide with threat levels.
While on museum premises NO VISITOR SHALL:
- Bring bags, purses, camera bags, or backpacks into the museum. Wallets and cameras are welcome.
- Carry firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, including knives and explosives, either openly or concealed on the premises. The prohibition on firearms applies to all visitors, including those with concealed carry firearm permits, but not to active law enforcement personnel authorized to carry firearms. Note: Kirpans (ceremonial knives) are religious articles of faith often worn by Sikhs. These knives are permitted in the museums as long as the blades are 2.5 inches or less in length, consistent with federal law (18 USC 930);
- Destroy, damage, or remove museum property;
- Climb upon any part of an artifact, artifact case, or building;
- Use loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language;
- Loiter, sleep, or participate in unwarranted assemblies;
- Display or carry placards, signs, or banners;
- Create any hazard to persons or things;
- Leave children under the age of 16 unattended;
- Perform obscene or indecent acts;
- Engage in disorderly conduct;
- Use, possess, or sell illegal drugs, and use or possess alcohol;
- Smoke within the building or within 25 feet of building entrances;
- Eat or drink within the museum building;
- Bring dogs or other animals, other than service animals, into the building;
- Take photographs for advertising or any other commercial purpose; or
- Use the museum parking lot unless here to visit the museum or for official museum business. Automobiles left unattended in the museum parking lot will be towed at the owner’s expense;
- Discard personal garbage in museum trash dumpsters (in the parking lot);
- Solicit for commercial or charitable purposes or distribute advertisements, pamphlets, handbills, and flyers.
Visitors who violate these guidelines may be subject to fine or imprisonment.
Still and video photography for noncommercial use is permitted in the museum, unless otherwise posted.
Working members of the media must be escorted by a museum staff member while in the building. Contact the museum five (5) business days before you would like to film to make arrangements. We will do our best to accommodate your request. (360) 396-4148.
Manual wheelchairs (a limited number) are available on a first-come, first-served basis for use within the museum. Inquire at the lobby information desk.
Strollers are permitted in the museum.
Lost and Found
Call (360) 396-4148 to inquire about items you believe you may have left behind at the museum.
THE MUSEUM RESERVES THE RIGHT, AT ANY TIME AND FOR ANY REASON OR NO REASON AT ALL, TO IMPLEMENT ADDITIONAL AND/OR MORE RESTRICTIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS THAN THOSE CONTAINED HEREIN. THE MUSEUM ALSO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DENY ADMISSION TO ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WHO IS CONSIDERED TO BE A THREAT TO THE SAFETY OF THE PROPERTY OR GUESTS OF THE MUSEUM.