The Navy is much more than a job; much more than service to country. It is a way of life. It gets in your blood.
– Albert Pratt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1955
Welcome to the official blog for the National Museum of the American Sailor! Formerly the Great Lakes Naval Museum, the National Museum of the American Sailor’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy’s Sailor for the benefit of the U.S. Navy and the people of the United States. The museum is located directly adjacent to the Main Gate of Naval Station Great Lakes, the home of the Navy’s only boot camp, in Great Lakes, Illinois.
To echo the above sentiments of Assistant Secretary of the Navy Albert Pratt, the Navy is in our blood as well! We view working here at the National Museum of the American Sailor as an honor and from collecting and preserving historic material to creating exhibits and educating visitors about the historic and continued importance of the American Sailor, this blog will allow us to further engage and educate visitors about the Navy way of life. Readers may look forward to artifact research blogs, education program articles, historical essays, and more.
The National Museum of the American Sailor is located in the historic Hostess House at Naval Station Great Lakes. Constructed in 1942 to serve as a gathering place for sailors and their families coming to Great Lakes for boot camp during World War II, the facility was designed by the prominent architect Gordon Bunshaft of the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. NMAS is one of ten official Department of the Navy museums operated by the Naval History and Heritage Command. Current exhibits at the museum focus on the history of the Naval Station Great Lakes, Navy boot camp life, and the important role of women and minorities in the United States Navy since its earliest days.
Thank you for your interest in and support of the National Museum of the American Sailor and visit this page often for updates about the museum!