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The Model Basin was annexed by the adjacent Navy Museum established in 1961 (renovated 1999) and was planned for the newly established Cold War & Korean War exhibits. The Museum & Annex are intended to “inspire, inform, and educate service personnel and the public in naval history, traditions, heritage, and scientific contributions.”
The $3 million renovation begun in 2001, was designed to transform the deteriorating Model Basin into a state–of–the–art museum while highlighting the historical nature of the building itself. A free–standing cable suspended glass and steel canopy topped with U.S. naval flags, denotes the new entry to the building and brings a nautical perspective to the building’s exterior, while providing visual connection across the plaza to the main Navy Museum Building.
Location: Washington, DC