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Record visitation demands more volunteers at Navy Museum


The Puget Sound Navy Museum is located in historic Building 50. The Sail of the historic submarine USS Parche (SSN 683) is on display in front of the museum.

The Puget Sound Navy Museum (PSNM) in downtown Bremerton is reaching record visitors. More than 12,000 visitors have already visited the museum in 2013, an increase of 30 percent from last year.

Because of the increase of visitors, the museum is currently seeking to expand its volunteer corps to properly accommodate its growing visitor traffic. Volunteers have the opportunity to share the volumes of history the museum offers about the men and women of the U.S. Navy with the many visitors from all over the world.

“We rely heavily on the support provided by our volunteer staff,” said PSNM Deputy Director Danelle Feddes. “We would be unable to keep the museum open to the public without their assistance.” Often the only individuals visitors meet at the museum are the volunteer staff of greeters, docents, and gift shop attendants.

“It’s easy to overlook the value of a volunteer, but here it’s hard to miss,” said Carolyn Lane, PSNM educator and volunteer coordinator. “Our volunteers are the first face visitors see when they walk in the door and the last face they’ll see as they leave. Our volunteers shape the public’s view of the museum and by association, the Navy.”

The museum officially opened in Building 50 in August 2007. It was renamed the Puget Sound Navy Museum and became an official U.S. Navy Museum in March of 2008.

When the Puget Sound Navy Museum moved into Building 50, approximately 10,000 people visited the museum annually. The museum has experienced steady growth over the last five years. In 2012, PSNM had nearly 35,000 people tour its exhibits.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Puget Sound Navy Museum, please call the museum’s volunteer coordinator at (360) 627-2274.

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