World of Warships prides itself on its long-standing relationship with the most prestigious naval museums around the world. These institutions play a crucial role in preserving our collective maritime history and help us do our part in breathing new life into historic ships in our game. To honor these museums, we’re proud to announce that on the 18th of May, we will be hosting the third annual Longest Night of Museums event with a spectacular mega-stream.
|What is the Longest Night of Museums?
This event began in 2021 as a way to celebrate International Museums Day during the pandemic by providing an innovative way of experiencing museums from our own homes. The event was so well received that we repeated it in 2022 with a series of informative articles and even more rewards.
- The 2023 Longest Night of Museums megastream will be broadcast on the official World of Warships Twitch channel beginning on May 18th.
- You’ll be able to experience privileged guided tours of prominent naval museums, participate in chats with our special guests from the Historic Naval Ships Association and the US Naval Institute, and of course, take part in fun quizzes and unique giveaways.
- World of Warships players who have Twitch Drops enabled will also be able to receive themed in-game rewards just for watching! Our media partner MagellanTV will also provide a special offer to our viewers!
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Get a taste of some of the new museums that will be joining the Longest Night of Museums this year.
Dangjin Marine Tourism Organization
After the honorable retirement of two Korean Navy warships— 1 landing ship (LST) and 1 destroyer (DD)—they were integrated into a unique space, now open to the public, where you can directly experience the history and culture of the Navy and Marine Corps.
Hwa San (LST) was built in the United States in 1945 and served in the US Navy before being delivered to the Korean Navy in October 1958. There, it was renamed Hwa San (Volcano).
Jeon Ju (Gearing-class Destroyer) participated in the Vietnam War under the flag of the US in 1967, taking part in the blockade of the Gulf of Tonkin. It has made many contributions and has participated in several Pacific Rim maritime joint exercises in the Pacific Ocean.
Built in the USA, the destroyer escort USS McAnn was transferred to the Brazilian Navy under the name “Bauru,” in allusion to the river that gives its name to the city in the state of São Paulo. With new equipment, tactics, and anti-submarine warfare concepts of that time, this destroyer became the backbone of the country’s fleet, and supported a crew of 226. During its 37 years in Active Service for the Brazilian Navy, it covered 295,428.9 nautical miles, and inherited a new and noble destiny: to become the first museum ship of the Brazilian Navy. You can learn more about the Ship-Museum Bauru at this link.
The USS Pampanito made six patrols in the Pacific during World War II, during which she sank six Imperial Japanese ships and damaged four others. Operated by the Maritime Park Association, Pampanito hosts over 100,000 visitors a year and is one of the most popular historic vessels in the country.
Marine Museum Den Helder
The Marine Museum is located on the Oude Rijkswerf (Willemsoord). It’s a perfect place to experience the Dutch Navy’s history and culture, with interactive exhibits on museum ships and more.
Visitors can explore the Torentje (Turret), which houses six rooms telling the story of the Dutch Navy. The Tonijn is the country’s only publicly accessible submarine, while the Abraham Crijnssen and Schorpioen are docked nearby. The central square is home to HNLMS De Ruyter’s bridge.
Alternatively, visitors can begin their journey at the Geschutmakerij (artillery forge/workshop), an elongated building at the Westgracht. Here, visitors can find exhibits on the history of the naval dockyard and the modern Navy. The Sea Battle! exhibition showcases the Journey to Chatham (1667) and the Battle of the Java Sea (1942). The Navy Museum in Den Helder even won a bronze award for the most fun outing in North Holland!
The City Museum of Rijeka
It was in 2007 when a group of enthusiasts—“torpedoists”—gathered at The City Museum of Rijeka and the first torpedoes, instruments, parts, and tools arrived. This exhibition is the first concrete step towards a museum collection—a museum of industrial heritage. This museum’s approach to the research of the torpedo is based on the fascination with the technological achievements and the fact that a remarkable boom took place in Rijeka, which gained a global reputation at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century thanks to the torpedo.
The USS Kidd was named for Medal of Honor recipient Isaac C. Kidd Sr., who was killed aboard his flagship USS Arizona during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She is one of only four Fletcher-class destroyers still preserved as museums and the only known destroyer preserved in her World War II configuration.
USS Kidd is recognized as one of the most authentically restored vessels in the world by the Historic Naval Ships Association, an organization whose fleet spans several nations scattered across five continents. The attached Veterans Museum displays a variety of artifacts that celebrate veteran and naval military history, with displays and interesting artifacts for all generations
Buffalo Naval Park
The Buffalo Naval Park (BNP) is the largest inland Naval Park in America, home to three tourable WWII vessels—USS The Sullivans (DD537), USS Little Rock (CLG4), and USS Croaker (SSK 246)—plus the Vietnam-era PTF-17.
USS The Sullivans shot down 8 Japanese planes while serving in the Pacific. USS Little Rock, constructed as a Cleveland-class cruiser, served proudly for 21 years as the flagship of the Sixth (Mediterranean) and Second (Atlantic) Fleets through the Cold War era, in the 1960s and 1970s. USS Croaker (SSK 246), our tourable submarine, served through six war patrols in the Pacific, sinking 11 Japanese vessels. All our vessels were refit and modified because they had extended lives after WWII.
Our mission is to honor, educate, inspire, and preserve the ships and the crew who served aboard.