USS LST Ship Memorial

USS LST Ship Memorial, Evansville

USS LST Ship Memorial
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Military Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The USS LST Ship Memorial, Inc. maintains and operates the USS LST 325, the last fully operational WWII Landing Ship, Tank in the United States, and is dedicated to these very important ships and the men who served on them. The USS LST 325 was one of the over 200 that participated in the Normandy Landings. Tours of the ship are guided as the ship is fully operational, and run on the hour with the last tour going on ship at 3:00 PM. Each year the ship cruises the inland rivers taking the ship to other communities. Please call ahead in September and October to verify that we are in Evansville.
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CWN
Saint Louis, MO17 contributions
Couples
If you have even the slightest interest in WWII, Korean Conflict, US Navy, US Army or Mechanized Infantry and you have a couple hours, you absolutely should partake of this historic gem.
This isn’t a static memorial. This ship is seaworthy, fully operational, and takes regular cruises. The museum is small, but the displays they have are well thought out and informative. The gift shop is adequate without being ostentatious. The service buildings and all dockside equipment and facilities are modern and spotless.
The tours begin on the hour and are excellent and extensive. There is walking and climbing non standard type stairs, but each such stair provides extremely sturdy handrails on both sides. Our guide was a young man named Corey, he was amiable, friendly, knowledgeable and humorous. It was delightful tour. The cost is $15 for adults, free for veterans, active duty military, and first responders with ID (Check the website for details).
Our tour lasted roughly 2:15. There were 8 in our group. Don’t know if there is a headcount limit. We thoroughly enjoyed our entire time there. You will not regret this tour.
A cautionary note; well communicated in the reception area, the deck and ship get plenty hot in bright sunshine on hot days, and we were told that it’s usually 20 degrees hotter below decks. So it may make sense to avoid during the heat of the Indiana summer, full disclosure here, at least you know.
Written May 14, 2021
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BrownEyedCountryGirl
Dongola, IL40 contributions
Friends
We had a very knowledgeable guide and it was super interesting being able to walk thru a piece of American history. It was a 95 degree day and there is no air conditioning, so be prepared. Bring plenty of water and wear solid, sturdy shoes because the deck was so hot we could feel the heat thru our tennis shoes. But it was worth every drop of sweat and ended up feeling a little more authentic because of it.
Written June 16, 2022
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Lynn L
Chillicothe, MO113 contributions
Couples
Many of us that watch World War II movies but how many of us understand the logistics of an invasion like D-Day. Visit the LST-325 Memorial in Evansville, Indiana and learn the interesting truth of this very important Navy vessel. This ship is one of the few remaining. The story of this particular ship as well as the important role the LST’s played in WWII is told by knowledgeable guides, like our guide Zach, just part of the experience when you visit this interesting exhibit. Highly recommend taking an hour to hour and a half out if your day to visit.
Written March 25, 2022
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EAL17
Maryville, TN153 contributions
My family saw this ship when it was in Chattanooga. Note: When this ship is not at it's usual port, waits can be quite long! We planned ahead and got there first thing on a Saturday morning. Our wait wasn't terribly long, but by the time we had toured the entire ship, a quite long line had formed outside. We enjoyed the tour quite a bit. The price was reasonable. There were displays to see once inside the main hold while waiting to enter the rest of the ship. The tour was set up to route you through along a certain pre-designated route, which is quite normal for a tour like this. Every so often a crew member was positioned. Although crew members were often friendly and quite knowledgeable, it seems their primary purpose was to keep tourists moving, moving, moving. This would be my primary complaint. The tour felt quite rushed and often there wasn't much time allowed for viewing. It also seemed like quite a bit of the ship was roped off and unavailable for viewing. I'm guessing that this was due to the nature of the ship being out of it's normal port so as to deal with the vast crowds coming to see the ship. I would be interested to view the ship in it's normal port of Evansville, Indiana. Of course, the gift shop wasn't as rushed, but there was still a line. Overall I'd say it was a good learning experience on a unique item of historical significance. A good family outing.
Written January 21, 2020
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Suzanne S
Oolitic, IN5 contributions
We stumbled upon this as we drove around downtown Evansville after the Taco Fest. It was definitely the best part of our trip! Our tour guide, Chris, was extremely knowledgeable and funny. He tied together pieces of World War II and related it to our present. His stories of the past made us proud of our heritage! It was also wonderful to see how painstakingly they have preserved this part of our military history.
Written May 7, 2022
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Crissy K
Memphis, IN555 contributions
Family
Chris was our tour guide and did a great job. Fascinating piece of history. We really enjoyed the tour and all the information. We had an overcast day with a breeze. It would be really hot on a typical August day.
Written August 1, 2020
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Roger S
Murphysboro14 contributions
A little tricky to figure out where to park and how to get in, but well worth it. fascinating to see the conditions and technology our servicemen had available to them. No better way than to be able to walk through it yourself. Guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Great way to spend an hour learning something we never knew about Evansville
Written October 2, 2021
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ColinPK
Los Angeles, CA279 contributions
I was passing through Evansville and stopped here on the Ohio river. The ship is an interesting piece of WWII history. There are interesting displays and artifacts, and the guides are fantastic! Plus, you get to hang out and gaze upon the Ohio!
Written July 29, 2021
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Athena S
Albuquerque, NM2 contributions
What a great experience! Friendly staff, entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide. They've done a fantastic job of preserving this important part of our history. Plus it's in a beautiful setting right on the river, with a park next to it. Definitely worth seeing.
Written October 10, 2021
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Barelymoo
Bowling Green, KY521 contributions
During WWII, LST's (Landing Ship, Tanks) were made in Evansville as well as other river cities. A group of volunteers tracked down one of the few remaining LSTs on the Isle of Crete (US sold it to Greeks back in the 60's) made some repairs and sailed it back to Evansville (really is a fascinating story). Now an all-volunteer crew gives tours of the ship and it will make a couple of trips up and down the Ohio river every year. If you enjoy military history, old WWII movies, or just want to understand the history of the port at Evansville, I do recommend this Memorial. They are always looking for volunteers to help with maintenance...only wish I lived closer.
Written October 19, 2010
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