Set on the site of the U.S. Navy's WWII-era Amphibious Scout and Raider School, The National Navy UDT (Underwater Demolition Team)-SEAL Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida, is the nation's only facility dedicated to preserving the history of the storied special force. Museum media director Rolf Snyder tells FoxNews.com that in the wake of the successful raid on Usama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan, interest in the museum has reached never before seen levels.
The centerpiece of the museum is a monument to the 253 SEALs and Navy "frogmen" who proceeded them that have been killed in action over the years, often while secretly serving their country far from home.
The museum houses artifacts from all of the major conflicts the SEALs and UDTs played a role in, from WWII to the war in Afghanistan.
The collection includes custom assault vehicles used by the special forces and the lifeboat from which SEALs famously rescued Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates in 2009.
The Maersk Alabama lifeboat is in the same condition as the day SEALs rescued Captain Richard Phillips from four Somali pirates on board. Bullet holes from the assault can still be seen in the hull of the 28-foot vessel.
Each year on Veterans Day, visitors to the museum are treated to the only public demonstration performed by active duty SEALs, featuring skydiving and a hostage rescue simulation.
You've heard about the heroics, but what do you really know about the Navy's special forces?