PUGET SOUND NAVY MUSEUM
WHAT: One of 12 museums funded and run by the U.S. Navy, the museum collection is home to more than 18,000 items, many telling the history of the Navy in the Puget Sound region.
WHEN: Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Also closed Tuesdays from October-April.
WHERE: 251 First St., Bremerton.
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TATTOO EXHIBIT: This exhibit opened in April and looks at the nautical roots of tattoo culture. According to the museum, the word “tattoo” comes from the Tahitian term “tatau,” meaning to mark. In 1796, Capt. James Cook wrote the word in his log book. The exhibit includes a scrimshaw whale tooth, large sewing needles once used to ink tattoos and vintage tattoo art.
OTHER EXHIBITS: “Beyond Rosie” is a look at the women who worked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and in the Navy overall. “A Heritage of Excellence” looks at the history of the shipyard, which has supported the Navy for more than 100 years. The Dry Dock Theater shows a number of naval-related films, and is a good place to rest your feet. Outside the museum is the sail from the USS Parche. The Sturgeon-class submarine was once the most highly decorated vessel in the Navy.
ALSO: The museum is handicap accessible, and has a family discovery area and gift shop.
INFORMATION: 360-479-7447, history.navy.mil/museums/psnm/psnm.htm.