U.S. Naval War College Museum
A tribute to America's naval superiority
The United States Naval War College Museum is a fascinating place to visit if you're into naval history or history in general.
During World War II, 150,000 men were trained at this National Historic Landmark. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a huge supporter of the institution and visited in September of 1940.
If you come into Newport via Route 138 and the Newport Bridge, you'll see the War College on your left. From the grounds here, you'll enjoy a stunning view of both the bridge and Narragansett Bay.
Some other notable Americans have a history at the Navy War College as well.
President Dwight Eisenhower spent quite a bit of time in Newport. His summer home, Eisenhower House, is on the grounds of Fort Adams on the southwestern tip of Aquidneck Island.
Inside the museum, you'll see many interesting artifacts and exhibits.
I can picture some of our smartest strategists hovering over this board and plotting the future of our naval superiority.
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (below), who was born in nearby South Kingstown, became a hero after winning the Battle of Lake Erie against the British in 1813.
Below is a memorial to the men and women who served at the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station. The station was located on nearby Goat Island from 1869 to 1951.
The museum is open to the public from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, year round. It is open from noon to 4:30 pm on weekends during the summer (June through September).