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“Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812” Exhibit Opens at the Naval Academy

Posted on: March 07, 2013 08:00 EST

Press Release #: 017-13

Note to Editors and Reporters:  A media opportunity to see the exhibit and speak with staff will be held March 28 at 10:30 a.m. Media interested in attending must contact the Public Affairs Office no later than noon Wednesday, March 27.  On March 28, check-in with Public Affairs staff at Gate 8 between  10-10:15 a.m. for credentials and parking.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The new “Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812” exhibit will open April 1, in Mahan Hall at the Naval Academy. The exhibit features artifacts and artwork from the War of 1812 and is open to the public, free of charge,Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Nov. 3.

The exhibit is a part of the “Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812” walking tour celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the Annapolis War of 1812. The self-guided walking tour throughout the Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis consists of 10 stops of historical significance to the War of 1812 and will be available through October 2014. The tour includes five stops at the Naval Academy as well as the exhibit in Mahan Hall.

The exhibit features hundreds of objects from the Naval Academy Museum collection and 86 artifacts and pieces of art on loan from the collection of Mr. William I. Koch. The walking tour and exhibition were made possible by Koch, whose generous support and loan of his inspired collection of historic maritime paintings and artifacts provide a glimpse into life on the seas during the War of 1812.

Copies of the walking tour and exhibit map are available at the Naval Academy Visitor Center, the Naval Academy Museum, the Maryland State House, the Historic Annapolis Foundation on Main Street and the Annapolis Visitor Center.

For more information about the Naval Academy, visit For more information about the War of 1812 walking tour, visit or call the Naval Academy Visitor Center at 410-293-6933.

Visitors to the Naval Academy may walk through Gate 1 (King George Street) and Gate 3 (Maryland Avenue) of the academy and will be required to show valid, government-issued picture identification. Vehicles without Department of Defense decals are not permitted on Naval Academy grounds.  Authorized vehicles may enter through Gate 1 (King George Street) or Gate 8 (Maryland Route 450).  Handicapped visitors with proper decals and identification are permitted through Gate 1 during normal business hours and may be subject to a vehicle inspection. All bags are subject to search.


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