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GET READY for our 2024 Symposium hosted by USS Midway September 16-19 in San Diego!



Sponsored by PPG, HNSA 2024 will focus on ideas that will advance the guest experience across the historic ship / museum world. The conference will offer an opportunity to explore best practices, new strategies, operations, programs, collaborations, and technologies that will shape the visitor experience across organizations, both big and small.


** Potential Corporate Sponsors should contact the Executive Director (phone ‭(866) 877-6262‬, ext 202) for more information about sponsoring our 2024 Symposium in San Diego on the USS Midway.

**Scholarships to defray the cost of attendance are available for online submission - open to 1st time attendees! Apply today! Go to this link: 2024 HNSA Symposium Scholarship Application. More info: Scholarships


Wyndham San Diego Bayside, 1355 North Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Discounted rooms available NOW until August 16. Go to this link: Or by phone: 800-996-3426, mention "Historic Naval Ships Association HNSA 2024 Conference" and provide the Group Code: 091524USS. The group rate for HNSA attendees is $259/Night. 



What's going on with your ship? Maybe it's something about which the rest of us would love to hear! 

We love suggestions for topics to cover, papers to present or activities to enhance the interactive purpose of the symposium.

Send your ideas to [email protected] or use this link to our Topic form:


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The Benefits of Membership

Being a part of HNSA helps us to preserve historic Navy, Coast Guard and other vessels that have participated in the defense of their nations.

Individuals, Fleet Members and Industry Affiliates have access to member-only content, like our documents and drawings library and past conference presentations.

Members may network with colleagues and enthusiasts through our website social community. Other benefits include an invitation to attend our annual symposium and to receive our quarterly e-newsletter, Anchor Watch.

What is HNSA? 

Since our first meeting in 1966 the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) has connected the public with historic ships from around the world. These ships are living memorials to those who served and are being lovingly preserved to educate and inspire future generations.
HNSA is a non-profit organization whose goals are to:

1. Support the preservation of historic naval vessels by advocating for and promoting our member organizations,

2. Identify best practices and resources, and

3. Serve as a networking and information hub to link our members.

HNSA's members include naval ship museums and memorials around the world as well as individuals, businesses and organizations that support the rich culture of significant historic naval vessels.