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Original U.S. Naval War College
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
U.S. National Historic Landmark District
Naval War College Museum is located in Rhode Island
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
Coordinates: 41°30′24″N 71°19′44″W / 41.50667°N 71.32889°W / 41.50667; -71.32889Coordinates: 41°30′24″N 71°19′44″W / 41.50667°N 71.32889°W / 41.50667; -71.32889
Built/Founded: 1884
Architect: Mason,George C., & Sons
Architectural style(s): Other
Added to NRHP: October 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLD: January 29, 1964[2]
NRHP Reference#: 66000876

The Naval War College Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, is one of fifteen official museums operated by the U.S. Navy, under the direction of the Naval History & Heritage Command and in co-operation with the Naval War College.



The Naval War College established the Naval Museum in 1952, with the approval of the Chief of Naval Operations to manage its collections of historical artifacts. Since 1978, it has occupied its present quarters on Coasters Harbor Island in Narragansett Bay at Newport, Rhode Island. This building, now called Founders Hall, was originally built in ca. 1820 as the Newport Poor Asylum. The city of Newport and the state of Rhode Island donated this property to the U.S. Navy for the U.S. Navy to use as the Naval War College. The College's first president, Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, formally dedicated the building to the Navy's use. The building became famous in the years 1886-1889, when the College's second president, Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, first gave his lectures in this building that formed the basis for his famous book The Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783 (1890). It is on this basis that the U.S. Department of the Interior listed the building in 1965 as the "Original Naval War College" in the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Historic Landmark District includes President's House, Naval War College, which is separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Today, the Naval War College Museum uses this building to display exhibits on three themes: (a) the history of the Naval War College since 1884; (b) the history of naval activities in the Narragansett Bay area since the colonial period; and (3) the history of the art and science of naval warfare since ancient times.

Other Navy museums

See: U.S. Navy Museum and U.S. Navy Museum#Other Navy museums

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ "Original U.S. Naval War College". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-06-29. 

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