The Museum's holdings include: ship models, paintings, prints, flags, uniforms, swords, firearms, medals, sculptures, manuscripts, rare books, photographs, ship instruments and gear, and a wide variety of personal memorabilia. Several of our special collections are particularly noteworthy:
- The Beverley R. Robinson Collection contains 6000 prints that reflect the naval history of Europe and the New World from 1514 through World War II.
- The United States Navy Trophy Flag Collection was begun by an Act of Congress in 1814 and given to the care of the Naval Academy in 1849. It currently totals more than 600 historic American and captured foreign flags. Among them are the famous "Don't Give Up the Ship" battle flag flown at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, the first American ensign flown in Japan (1853) as well as flags and banners that have been to the Moon. The flags are supplemented by a collection of books on the subject, many of which are rare and valuable hand-illustrated editions.
- Our Malcolm Storer Naval Medals Collection is also a valuable historical reference. Donated in 1936, it is composed of 1,210 commemorative coin-medals gathered from thirty countries and dating from 254 BC to 1936.
Our Collections also contain other significant groups of objects and documentary materials related to many famous Naval heroes including: John Paul Jones, Edward Preble, Stephen Decatur, Oliver H. Perry, Matthew C. Perry, David G. Farragut, Chester W. Nimitz, William F. Halsey, and other significant personages of our past. A number of valuable naval documents acquired from the Rosenbach, Christian A. Zabriskie, and John L. Senior Collections are available for research.