The museum is a U.S. government facility located on U.S. Navy property and is open to the public for the specified purpose of exhibition of historical artifacts and information, education, research, interpretation, shopping, and the appropriate use of these museum resources. 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. It is the intent of the U.S. Naval Undersea Museum to allow visitors access to the museum’s exhibits and facilities to the maximum extent possible and to ensure the greatest benefit to the greatest number of visitors, therefore, the museum has established the below policies and regulations. Additional requirements may be put in place to coincide with threat levels.
While on museum premises, NO VISITOR SHALL:
- 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 or endanger any part of an artifact, artifact case, or building;
- Use loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language or behavior;
- 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;
- Harass (physically, sexually, or verbally) any other persons;
- Enter without proper clothing or wear clothing with inappropriate or vulgar language;
- Enter without conforming to the personal hygiene standards of the community for
- 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;
- 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
- Discard personal garbage in museum trash dumpsters (in the parking lot); or
- Solicit for commercial or charitable purposes or distribute advertisements, pamphlets,
handbills, and flyers.
Staff reserve the right to have a police officer escort visitors out of the museum as they deem necessary. Visitors who do not comply 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.