Naval Academy to open War of 1812 exhibit

While no land or sea battles were fought in or near Annapolis, many points of interest have connections to the War of 1812.

The largest – the United States Naval Academy.

As part of its ongoing War of 1812 Bicentennial commemoration, the Naval Academy will open a 2,500 square foot exhibition on the War of 1812 in the Hart Room at Mahan Hall on Monday, April 1. The exhibit is part of a Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812 walking tour that celebrates the War of 1812's 200th anniversary. The exhibition brings together hundreds of artifacts, historic maritime paintings, and ship models from the Naval Academy Museum and 86 artifacts and pieces of artwork on loan from the collection of William I. Koch. Highlights of the exhibition include the anchor from the USS Constitution and carved wooden figureheads from the USS Chesapeake and the HMS Shannon. The walking tour that kicked off last summer and the new exhibition were made possible through Koch's generous support. 

Designed by Museum Design Associates from Cambridge, Massachusetts, the exhibition demonstrates the significant impact the War of 1812 had on our nation and the development of the United States Navy. The free exhibition runs through November 3, 2013. It is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.  

Individuals who wish to further explore the War of 1812 and its impact on the Annapolis and Chesapeake Bay area are invited to take the self-guided War of 1812 walking tour. Launched in July 2012 and available through October 2014, the tour includes 10 stops, five at the U.S. Naval Academy and five in Annapolis's Historic District.

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