Fort Pierce, Fla. – October 12, 2017 – The Navy SEAL Museum will reveal its remodeled World War II Gallery beginning the weekend of November 3rd at the onset of The 32nd Annual Muster and Music Festival. The renovated gallery completes the Museum’s entirely remodeled west wing, following construction of last year’s Cold War Gallery update.
After major renovation in 2014 and 2015, the Navy SEAL Museum has continued to update and modernize its galleries and grounds, with the addition of interactive installations, the subsequent acquisition of vehicles and vessels, and the implementation of touch-screens at several exhibits.
“The World War II Gallery is of particular interest and special value in the history of the SEALs,” said Ruth McSween, curator of the Navy SEAL Museum. “It tells the story from the very beginning of Naval Special Warfare and helps visitors understand the remarkable accomplishments of these men; they truly set the standard for military special operations by which we still measure today.”
To help commemorate the historic opening of the new gallery, a decorated group of military men who served during the Second World War will visit the Museum Friday, November 3rd at 10:00 AM. Forerunners to today’s Navy SEALs, these men are among those trained in special maritime commando units for reconnaissance and demolition during WWII. They were known as Scouts & Raiders (S &R), Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units (OSSMU), Naval Combat Demolition Units (NCDU), or Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT). Many of the veterans expected to attend the opening trained on the beaches of Ft. Pierce. For some, it will be their first visit to the Navy SEAL Museum.
“We are honored and excited that these World War II Frogmen will be among the first visitors to tour our new gallery,” McSween continued. “I cannot think of anyone better to enjoy and critique the exhibits than the brave men who were there.”
Open normal operating hours throughout Muster weekend, the Museum welcomes all to experience the newest gallery. The outdoor venue is free of charge and open to the public; admission inside the Museum is $10 for those over the age of 13, and $5 for children ages 6 to 12; children five and under are free. For more information, please visit www.navysealmuseum.org.
About The Navy SEAL Museum
The National Navy UDT-SEAL Museum is the only museum dedicated solely to preserving the history of the U.S. Navy SEALs and their predecessors. Located in Fort Pierce, Florida, the Museum resides on the training grounds of the original Navy combat divers, the Frogmen. Built to honor the men who served with fortitude and ingenuity, the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum first opened its doors on Veterans Day in 1985. From humble beginnings, the facility has experienced tremendous growth, achieving national stature in 2007. The main objective of the Museum remains the promotion of public education by providing the opportunity to explore the history of the Navy SEALs through interactive exhibits while honoring the fallen at the SEAL Memorial and caring for those warriors’ families through Trident House Charities.