Navy SEAL museum coming to downtown San Diego

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) — A new museum dedicated to U.S. Navy SEALs is coming to downtown San Diego.

San Diego and Coronado have long been known as the West Coast home of the Navy’s primary special operations force. Now, a museum will showcase their history.

“We want to tell our 80-year story. How much we’ve evolved over the years from World War II to present,” retired U.S. Navy Capt. Todd Perry said.

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That’s exactly what the new museum will do. Through interactive displays, virtual reality, an immersive theater and a chronological history exhibit.

“San Diego is where all of our SEALS are trained. It’s where about half of them are based. It’s where they’re ultimately commanded from, so it is clearly our biggest hub in the country,” Perry said.

There’s already a Navy SEAL museum near Fort Pierce, Florida, but Perry says America’s Finest City is the perfect location for a second museum because of its rich military history that attracts many tourists.

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“Fort Pierce was done on very sacred ground where they trained for the invasions of Normandy 80 years ago, but it’s remote, where obviously that’s not going to be a challenge with San Diego,” Perry said. “With places like the Midway and all the other great attractions, there’s no better place to put it in America.”

Perry says they have secured the lease for the former Museum of Contemporary Art at the corner of Kettner Boulevard and West Broadway, a few blocks from the USS Midway Museum.

The new museum will serve as a preview of a larger version slated to be constructed in the coming years.

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“We want to entertain our visitors and most importantly we want to inspire them to serve a cause higher than themselves,” Perry said.

Perry says they expect the museum to open later this year. The museum is currently looking for volunteers, especially retired SEALs.

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