Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, Mount Pleasant

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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Military Museums • Speciality Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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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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Pietro M
Phnom Penh, Cambodia110 contributions
Couples
You could seemingly spend days at this complex of historical military vehicles and equipment. An absolute abundance of information and sights that any history junkie would eat up.

We opted for the Captain's Tour led by a veteran and absolutely loved it. You gain access to areas unavailable to general admission customers (such as the Captain's Quarters, one of the interiors of a small plane on the inside of the boat, the top of the ship where the anchor is let down, etc). It can be pretty overwhelming to do the tour yourself and the added knowledge of the tour guide gives a lot more life to the areas you go through.

This was a great rainy day activity except that the high winds meant we couldn't go outside on the deck which was a shame. Probably spent half a day there and only did the Captain's Tour and walked around the other Yorktown exhibits ourselves. Just goes to show how much you can do here.
Written June 20, 2022
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Aplus traveller
Tampa, FL14 contributions
The entry ticket lets you see a self-guided tour of a destroyer, submarine and the Yorktown aircraft carrier. If you are interested in history you can easily spend a few hours there. We have three teenage boys and they really enjoyed it and learned a lot. We also took the Captain's tour for $10 more each. Our tour guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable and we got to see some cool areas of the carrier that you don't get to go into except on the tour.
Written August 10, 2021
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Rubicon_Johnny
Myersville, MD263 contributions
My family decided to visit Charleston, SC for our family vacation this spring and seeing the USS Yorktown and the USS Laffey up close and in person was a definite stop on our to do list. When we arrived, we debated about whether we wanted to pony up the extra cash for the "Captains Tour" or just the regular admission. We decided to get the Captains Tour and it was SOOOO WORTH IT! Our tour guide, Paul Watters, was a Vietnam Veteran who had served on a similar aircraft carrier to the USS Yorktown. Mr. Watters added a great deal to our experience as his time in the military and familiarity with these vessels enhanced the amount of information that we could learn during our few hours on board. There is no way that we would have gained nearly as much from the experience had we just gone on our own. Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum really brings the history to life.
Written March 12, 2022
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David F
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
Here is the note I just sent to them: On August 7, 2020, I had the opportunity to visit your site. I am a retired Navy veteran and a decorated aviator from Operation Desert Storm. I flew almost 100 sorties over Baghdad in 1991. Because my daughter was not born when I fought for our country, she had never seen a carrier. I was excited to show her around the USS Yorktown, which wouldn’t be exactly like the USS Ranger (on which I was deployed), but as close as we could get. We were unable to purchase military rate tickets online. These had to be purchased on site. Well, you probably know what I’m going to say. The $5.00 discount on the adult ticket was only for me – the retired military veteran. This was despite the fact that I had valid military ID cards for my wife and daughter, and that my wife served every moment of my military career with me! While the lady at the ticket counter was sympathetic, she said there would be no discount. When I asked if this was a national or a private institution, I was told that it was run by the state of South Carolina. I found that interesting. When we landed in your capitol, Columbia’s, airport just two days prior, a sign there proudly declared you to be the most military friendly/supportive city in the world. Really? That rings hollow right now, doesn’t it? I would like to submit a request for a $10.00 credit to my account - $5.00 for each of the two family members who accompanied me to the USS Yorktown. I would also like to request that you change this policy. I understand the need to have these discounted tickets purchased in person so that ID can be verified. But when valid ID’s are submitted and rejected, then there’s a problem. This is a problem for any military veteran and his/her family. But it is particularly egregious when that veteran is a WAR veteran, and when that WAR veteran flew off a carrier and is paying to visit a carrier! On an added note, many businesses in your fair state of South Carolina freely offer a military discount (with ID of course). Do you know which business DOESN’T? That’s right – your ship store! I couldn’t believe it! I purchased an ornament, a book, and several postcards. I was charged the full $20.30. I was told that no military discount could be applied. And this is not only at a military site, this is in a state that prides itself on its support of our military. I am most disappointed in the state of South Carolina. If I’ve directed this to the wrong person or business, I would appreciate you forwarding this to the powers that be. I look forward to hearing back from you right away.
Written August 11, 2020
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Dave & Jen H.
Cullman, AL10 contributions
From beginning to end, this visit was well worth the time. Upon approaching the ships on the dock, we were greeted by one of the staff with advice on touring and where to take advantage of all of the displays and exhibits. Once aboard the Yorktown, the smell of "old ship" was in the air and the rich history of the vessel came alive. Walking through the passageways on multiple decks it was easy to imagine being aboard the ship during its heyday.
The hangar deck alone was well worth the price of admission. The collection of World War II aircraft, the space capsules, and the Wall of Aviation Heroes was outstanding. Each of the exhibits allowed for self-guided tours as it was well documented and explained. The Apollo capsule experience was fantastic! The Museum contained unique pieces that everyone should see. And that was just one deck.
Touring the ship at your own pace allows visitors to enjoy each and every step of the tour. From top to bottom and bow to stern, there is more to see at every turn of the labyrinth-like passageways. And that was just one of the three ships.
The entire park is well maintained and easy to access, but this visit is not one that should be done if short on time. Plan for several hours in order to see and experience all of the items on display in and around the park.
Written January 1, 2022
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Linda
54 contributions
What an interesting place to visit! We arrived here shortly after noon and just had enough time to see it all before they closed! With your general admission ticket you get to fully explore the aircraft carrier, Yorktown, with many planes on it and even a space craft! You also can board the destroyer, Laffey and a submarine, Clamagore. The tours are self guided and self paced. My father served on a diesel submarine back in the 1950s, so it was cool for me to see what he would have experienced.

If you have any mobility issues, I am not sure this is a place for you to go. We had to climb ladders, squeeze into spaces, there are lots of places where stumbling would be easy to do, we had to squat to get through the sub hatches. It was a great, yet exhausting experience and we are both pretty fit.
Written September 18, 2021
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CanuckAlberta
Alberta458 contributions
Wow, love this place, so much history and information. I think you need a full day to cover all the attractions at PP and I would suggest leaving the trip to Sumter to another day. There is so much great access to the interior of the ship you can wander around for hours. The ship is divided into 4 "tours" that are well marked and self guided and this does not include the Medal of Honor museum, the USS Laffey, or the Vietnam Experience. Like I said, leave yourself lots of time to really see it all.
Written March 18, 2022
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Dwildenny
Acworth, GA80 contributions
Couples
This is a pricey tour but seniors (62+) get $8 off the cost of admission. Not a biggie since I really appreciate all the sacrifices our Military has made to keep our country free.

Both ships have extravagant history for their roles in the war. The star of this show is on the Aircraft Carrier flight deck where the F-14 Hornet resides, along with the other spectacular jets and helicopters of the day! So much history in one place.

Of note: There is an elevator to accommodate wheel chairs and if you can walk through the ship you'll enjoy each area that captures so much history and then you can take the elevator back down from the flight deck. Enjoy!
Written June 1, 2021
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rsk
3 contributions
Wow, the Yorktown was a wonderful experience; what a standing monument to history and the ships active part in it.
We did the 'Captains Tour" which ran about 90 minutes and gave us real historical perspective, great Q&A and access to different parts of the ship.
We were with family (9 total), kids ages 8, 10 and 14. Our (Bulldog) guide Don Bommarito really engaged the younger children and kept them engaged and inquisitive.
A great piece of history not to be missed, and a great reminder of the sacrifices made.
Written September 8, 2021
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tangi1
Elizabeth, NJ794 contributions
So much to see here. Started in the museum which is great for anyone from 5 to 95. There are many aircraft on the grounds so you can get up and see very close. Since visiting the Yorktown involves a lot of walking and stairs I decided to spend more time on the ground visiting the grounds and stayed behind but my husband loved it. This is a great activity for the whole family. It was very busy on a weekday in late April.
Written May 30, 2021
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