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Navy museum offers exciting exhibits

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Building 50, originally built in 1896, houses the Puget Sound Navy Museum, which offers two floors of exhibits that includes a USS John C. Stennis display.

The Puget Sound Navy Museum would like to remind the community that it is open and free to the public.

Although downtown Bremerton is undergoing major construction for the new tunnel, museum visitors are encouraged to visit and can find their way into the museum by following worker instructions. The entrance to the museum is located on the right side as you face the building. 

With many temporary and permanent exhibits on display the museum is an exciting and educational experience for adults and children. Visitors can learn about the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, the USS Parche, and a major exhibit about the Ship Fitters Shop at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. 

The museum’s featured winter exhibit contains information and artifacts from the USS John C. Stennis. Stennis is homeported in Bremerton. It is a staggering 1,092 feet long, towers some 20 stories above the waterline, and has a crew of 3,200 ship personnel and 2,480 air wing personnel.

When it deploys, Stennis has many of the same amenities you would expect to find on land in any American city. It is self-contained, complete with a daily newspaper, television stations, fire department, library, hospital, general store, laundry, barber shops, and a post office with its own zip code. Stennis can carry approximately 85 planes. 

For more information, call (360)479-7447. Museum hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. 

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