The U.S. Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport celebrated its 25th anniversary of connecting veterans, sailors and the local community with the history, technology and operations of the undersea Navy last week.

“The undersea Navy is something the majority of people in our country are not familiar with,” said Olivia Wilson, operations manager for the USNUM. “We want to provide the community with a basic understanding of what the Navy does undersea through exhibits and educational opportunities, free of charge.”

Some of the museum’s biggest attractions include the acquisition of the attack submarine USS Sturgeon’s (SSN 673) sail, located in front of the museum, and the Greenling control room that was constructed with real equipment from the Cold War-era fast attack submarine USS Greenling (SSN 614). The museum also offers hands-on learning opportunities for children through its educational programs.

Since 1999, it has been the venue for more than 7,000 retirements, changes of command, meetings, trainings, field trips and other education programs. Each year, roughly 20,000 people use the facility spaces.

The museum, located at 1 Garnett Way in Keyport, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum and all museum events is free.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Charles D. Gaddis IV