The U.S. Navy Museum includes exhibits covering the U.S. Navy's history from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
A simulated submarine combat center contains a model of the one-man "Turtle" submarine invented in 1775 in Connecticut, a model of the late-1950s ballistic missile-equipped USS Patrick Henry, various submarine battle flags, a re-created interior of a submarine operations space, and interactive displays that explain the technology behind the functioning of submarines.
The American Revolution exhibit focuses on the Continental Navy, the state navies, and the work of privateers in service to the cause of independence. It features a number of armaments from the period.
An exhibit on the "Forgotten Wars" of the 19th century, which included the Quasi-War with France, the Barbary Wars, the War of 1812, and the Mexican-American War, pays tribute to the hardships endured by seamen for the security of their nation.
"Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan" includes Japanese woodblock prints depicting Perry and his crew, as well as a marble bust of Perry dating from 1859.The museum's 20th century collection includes a 5-inch 50-caliber gun and a "Y-Gun" depth charge gun used by the Navy in World War I, as well as a World War II exhibit that covers both theatres of the war in addition to the home front.