USS Turner Joy Museum Ship

USS Turner Joy Museum Ship, Bremerton: Hours, Address, USS Turner Joy Museum Ship Reviews: 4.5/5

USS Turner Joy Museum Ship
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Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA9,812 contributions
This is a very well-done museum ship that allows a hands-on experience in certain areas. The tour is self-guided but if you are lucky you may run across a maintenance person who will tag along and explain some of what you are seeing.

Be aware when going through doorways, hatches and ladders. Some of the ladders are very steep but to see the entire ship they must be utilized
This is a must do when in the Bremerton area.
Written May 22, 2021
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Shawn-Marie H
Dallas216 contributions
We visited early in the morning on a weekday and we were the only people on the ship touring. You can spend at about 1 to 2 hours here. It is a self-guided tour. The ship is very interesting. If you don’t like going up and down step steps then you will miss out on some of the unique features of the ship. Definitely tour this ship while in Bremerton which is just a ferry ride from Seattle.
Written May 13, 2021
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Tammy R
4 contributions
It was an easy to follow self-guided tour. Lots of information to read and some audio information to listen to. I think it would be better to have a tour guide who can explain things more and tell stories of their personal experiences. It takes two hours to really experience it, but you could walk through in an hour or less if you don't read anything.
Written August 5, 2021
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ajzv88
Everett, WA8 contributions
Couples
Hubby and I recently visited the ship and we had a nice time. There was some construction going on at the time so getting there was a small challenge, but we found it. We did the solo tour and there were all types of information available throughout the ship. It was cold and raining when we went, but we still had a great time. Would definitely recommend.
Written January 5, 2020
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GrandTour446147
2 contributions
I took my daughter here and was completely surprised by how fun it was. There were so many areas to explore. We learnt a lot about what it would have been like to be in the Navy! I recommend this tour for anyone interested in engineering. So many pumps and engines to look at. Awesome. I can't recommend it enough.
Written January 22, 2020
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Quazi F
Columbus, IN370 contributions
Couples
The exhibit is just off the board walk. No need for a car. Get off the ferry and go right. Take the stairs down and go left to the end of the board walk. We paid $15 per person.
You can come and go, so it is possible to do some visiting, go eat lunch and come back.
They allow you go and photograph everything that is open to the public. There are only a very few areas that are cordoned off. You can even get inside the gun turret.
An amazing and very humbling experience. It gives a true sense of appreciation for the sacrifices of the people who serve.
Written July 28, 2017
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JollyPaul
Olalla, WA153 contributions
Solo
This is a museum like it should be, most equipment intact and 90% open to free roaming. Instead of standing behind ropes and viewing from a distance, you are climbing, crouching and in the 5 inch gun turret, crawling. You get to experience the cramped spaces, the smell of hydraulic fluid, a multilevel maze of pipes and valves in the boiler and engine rooms, and many other great scenes where you get to touch stuff and really get a feel for the ship. The fire control "computer" was particularly interesting with the analog gauges and hand cranks for input.

If you like naval hardware, you can easily spend a couple of hours wandering around. The Battleship North Carolina is the only ship I enjoyed more for the complete freedom to move about.

Parking is difficult to find and expensive, but once you do park the waterfront marina area makes for an interesting walk on its own and there are plenty of restaurants.
Written May 29, 2014
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Fauxnomen
Seattle, WA16 contributions
Family
Pros: easy to visit from the Bremerton Ferry Terminal
Cons: needs some maintenance to be a 1st class tourist attraction

We visited on a typical (rainy) spring day. The ferry ride from Seattle was picturesque and, at 60 minutes, plenty of time to stroll the decks and have a snack or play a game. Once on land in Bremerton, the USS Turner Joy could not have been more convenient. Advertised as a 5 minute walk, it's probably even closer! However, we had driven on board so finding a parking spot was a slight adventure, partly because a parking lot attendant gave us bad advice. But, even so, be warned that the parking is not super obvious. At $1 for a couple hours, it was a good price though.

To access the ship, you enter through a tacky gift shop. Not much to purchase here except for some poorly made toys and some odd "decor items" that had absolutely nothing to do with a navy ship (glass tchotchkes, crafty jewelry, etc.) Someone is obviously trying to make a little on the side which has nothing to do with this attraction.

The ship tour is self-guided, as other reviews have mentioned. On the day we were there, during spring break season, we pretty much had the place to ourselves (which actually made for a somewhat eerie experience). Most of the information was printed on laminated paper taped to the wall. It was certainly enlightening to see how close the quarters were and to climb on the original stair cases (no accommodations for tourists, so if someone in your part is mobility challenged or has fear of heights or cramped quarters, this is NOT the attraction for them!). Having visited other floating naval history (e.g. the USS Midway in San Diego and “Old Ironsides” in Boston) the USS Turner Joy compares as a second-tier attraction at best. It’s not that it couldn’t be an interesting experience, but the fee to visit was out of line with how the information was presented and how the ship has been (not) maintained. It really did feel like a “mothballed” shop, as another reviewer put it.

Overall, there are worse ways to spend an hour, but definitely don’t make this a destination highlight of your visit to Kitsap County/Bremerton. On the bright side, two boys (ages 12 and 6) were quite interested. Though the younger one was a bit fearful of some of the dark, smelly spaces on the ship at first, his curiosity got the best of him and he certainly will remember the visit.
Written April 7, 2014
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FondyCheesehead
Fond du Lac, WI30 contributions
Friends
Self-guided tour, but the volunteers working on board were more than happy to chat & guide. They are still working on opening up more of the ship.
Even without using the guide, most items are well described with signs and plaques.
The head (bathroom) onboard was not open as the water was turned off for the "cold" winter weather, but the giftshop was kind enough to allow me to use their facilities even though clearly marked that no restroom was available. - I recommend "going" in the ferry terminal before you meander over to the ship.

Limited access for those in wheelchairs. Strollers and babes-in-arms NOT recommended. as there are 70 degree ladders for getting from level to level. Closed toe shoes are a better choice than sandals.
One-hour free marina visitor parking available, so suggest one of the nearby lots for $7 to $8.
Save your shopping for after the tour so you can have your hands free.
The website is www.ussturnerjoy.org

After I recommend you meander over to the free Puget Sound Navy Museum on the other side of the ferry terminal for more history & hands-on exhibits even the kids will enjoy
www.pugetsoundnavymuseum.org/‎
Written February 3, 2014
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Jesseohara
Mission Viejo, CA41 contributions
Couples
What a great find. The staff was super informative and friendly. The ship is not as bug as the Midway in San Diego, but still very impressive. Take time to walk along the boardwalk and maybe grab a bite at one of the local restaurants too.
Written July 11, 2017
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USS Turner Joy Museum Ship is open:
  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM