The Puget Sound Navy Museum sits just feet from the Puget Sound Shipyard on the waterfront of Bremerton, Washington—one of only two operated by the Naval History and Heritage Command in the Pacific Northwest. Despite its small size, it offers visitors the opportunity to scrutinize more than 18,000 artifacts that represent an entire century of the shipyard’s history.
In 2006, after moving multiple times, the museum found a permanent home in Building 50 on land donated to the city of Bremerton by the shipyard. Built by the U.S. Navy in 1896, the building itself is a historic structure. On display in front of the museum is the sail of the submarine USS Parche (SSN-683). Also docked nearby is Bremerton’s “Mothball Fleet,” which includes three decommissioned aircraft carriers: the Ranger (CV-61), Independence (CV-62), and Kitty Hawk (CV-63).