The U. S. Naval Academy Museum serves as an educational and inspirational resource for the Brigade of Midshipmen at the U. S. Naval Academy, other students of American naval history, and thousands of visitors each year. Through its collections and exhibits, the Museum contributes to the recognition of history as a basic source of knowledge in advancing the theory and practice of sea power – Ex Scientia Tridens: from knowledge, sea power.
The museum is located at Preble Hall within the Academy premises. Its history dates back to 1845 (founded as Naval School Lyceum). The museum has an area of 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) with four galleries.
The collection which reflects much of American naval history and partly the naval forces of other countries, including thousands of two and three dimensional artwork such as flags, uniforms, weapons, medals, books, instruments and photographs as well as naval objects other than art. Major collections areÂ The Rogers Ship Model Collection, theÂ Naval Academy Art Collection (including c. 1,200 paintings), theMalcolm Storer Naval Medals Collection (including ancient coins) andÂ The Beverley R. Robinson Collection (prints of naval history).