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Visitors have to go through channels to visit the Naval War College Museum here on Coasters Harbor Island 2 miles north of downtown. Not only do they have to make advance reservations, once they arrive they have to pull into the gatehouse and show photo identification to get a temporary vehicle pass that they must display at the entry gate checkpoint.
“Some people not accustomed to the military are put off,” says John Hattendorf, professor of maritime history and director of the Naval War College Museum. “But they shouldn’t be deterred. It’s their history, too, and we do get 40,000 visitors a year.”