Follow the story of the United States Navy from its inception during the Revolutionary War to today's modern fleet. Learn how Naval Academy graduates have led our nation's armed forces in times of war, explored remote areas of the globe, and advanced our scientific knowledge. Interactive battle maps are placed throughout the first deck which illustrate the tactics used in many of America's major naval battles. The central of the gallery focuses the history of the Academy and shows how it has changed both as an academic institution and a military post. Highlights of the first deck include Oliver Hazard Perry's famous "Don't Give Up the Ship" flag from the Battle of Lake Erie, a piece of USS Monitor, and a display illustrating the attack on Pearl Harbor. The First Deck also contains the James W. Cheevers Gallery, home to our temporary exhibitions.
Step out into the gallery to see the Rogers Ship Model Collection, the largest collection of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century ship models on public display in North America. More than seventy models in beautifully crafted display cases illustrate two hundred years of developments in warship design. The second deck is also home to the Beverley R. Robinson Collection, an exceptional collection of prints illustrating famous ships and naval scenes from the last 500 years.