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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

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Address: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone Number: 18438842727
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9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June...

The history of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum began in June 1975 when the legendary aircraft carrier USS Yorktown entered Charleston Harbor. A few months later, the USS Yorktown was dedicated as the first ship of the Naval & Maritime Museum on the 200th birthday of the United States Navy. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum was officially opened to the public on January 3, 1976. Today the museum consists of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-10) with 29 aircraft on display from WWII to the present; the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner-class destroyer; and the USS Clamagore (SS-343), a GUPPY III submarine. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is headquartered here and their official Medal of Honor Museum is onboard the USS Yorktown. There is also a Cold War Sub Memorial and Vietnam Support Base Camp on the surrounding grounds.

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A BIG boat

The shear size of the USS Yorktown is very impressive. once you are inside it seems to get even bigger. On our 3-4 visits we have probably seen no more that 60% of the total ship... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
WILLIAM JOHN F
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The shear size of the USS Yorktown is very impressive. once you are inside it seems to get even bigger. On our 3-4 visits we have probably seen no more that 60% of the total ship. It is impressive to think that the sailors can easily get around the whole thing. The national Purple Heart museum is a inspiring location... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We thought we were going to see the USS Yorktown but there is so much more there. We saw a submarine. My husband is claustrphobic so we though that might be a problem but he was fine. We also saw the USS Laffey which was very interesting. The USS Yorktown was amazing. The veteran docents were a wealth of knowledge... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We toured only the USS Laffey destroyer (Sumner Class) and USS Clamagore submarine (Guppy III diesel/electric) and thought exploring the two vessels was very worthwhile. During repair weekend on the Laffeyn a number of former crew members were volunteering on the work party. They were more than eager to share information about their sea duty. First-hand information based on experience... More 

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Covington, Georgia
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I thought it was worth the price of admission. The tour of the Yorktown is self guided and it was really interesting. My mom couldn't go everywhere on the ship because some of the stairs were just too steep. I hit my head one time. There's a theatre that shows a movie about the Yorktown and the men who served... More 

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Summerville, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I specifically visited to enjoy the Vietnam Experience on today's visit. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent in this area. We were especially pleased with the wealth of information shared with us by Woody Caine, a retired Vietnam Vet who met us as we entered the site. He visited with us at the River Patrol Boat as... More 

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Goose Creek, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like history you will love Patriots Point museum. Submarine, destroyer, carrier, aircraft galore, all set in the most beautiful harbor in America. Don't plan is seeing everything in one day. We bought an annual membership and go back repeatedly and still haven't seen it all. You can spend a whole day just in the Medal of Honor exhibit.... More 

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Bluffton, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love your country, make this stop a priority! The museum personnel are terrific and offer great advice before you begin your tour. You will be amazed at the size and options this ship offers…..it's like a city on water, tight quarters, but all bases are covered….and it's about seventy years old!

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Whether you want to visit the USS Yorktown and the Medal of Honor Museum or Walk in the Steps of Heroes at the Vietnam Experience this is something that should be high on your list of places to visit on your next trip to Charleston.

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to bring visiting guests provided they like to walk and are not hesitant about stairs and confined areas. It's important to let them know up front what to expect - the stairs can be very narrow and the lower levels are tight. If they aren't up for that - even just a visit up to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome place!! Great experience exploring the big aircraft carrier ship, the battle ship and submarine. Its so amazing you need a whole day, the Vietnam war museum is pretty neat with recreations. The area is beautiful and views from ships are great. A really fun thing to do for the whole family!! Enjoyed a lot and I highly recommend.

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