The idea of the National Navy UDT-SEAL museum originated in the home of Albert Stankie, who served in the Navy in WWII, and was a member of the Underwater Demolition Team of frogmen, who received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He and other former UDT Frogmen gathered personal artifacts and experiences from their service in World War II and worked to procure the defunct Ft. Pierce Treasure Museum building and site.
The location of the museum, Fort Pierce, Florida is significant because it is the birthplace of the Navy Frogman.
On Veterans day 1985 the doors to the museum where opened to the public. The site eventually evolved into a dedicated facility solely to preserve the history of the Navy SEALS and their predecessors, including the Underwater Demolition Teams, Naval Combat Demolition Units, Office of Strategic Services Maritime Units and Amphibious Scouts and Raiders. Ultimately, it was recognized as a National Museum by an act of Congress signed into law February 7, 2008.