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“Thanks to our brave men!”

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House Visit
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Locust Grove, Virginia
1 review
“Thanks to our brave men!”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

My husband gave me a great tour. Retired Navy 24 years and knew so much about a carrier.

Visited May 2012
Thank Linda S
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77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Excellent! USS Yorktown is outstanding.”
Reviewed May 7, 2012

A whole day could be spent here and still not see everything. The volunteer vets were wonderful!

Visited April 2012
Thank Ann S
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Well Worth A Visit”
Reviewed May 2, 2012

Spent an afternoon here, and it was packed full of exploring and learning !
Being female, and british, I wasn't sure that I'd find this military museum my cup of tea.....how wrong I was.
Everything was so well explained, and I came away feeling quite humbled at learning about this incredible ship's many journeys and the crew that served on her.
If you have the time then it's well worth the visit. Lots of young families there whose children were enthralled at some of the video footage, and then keen to explore.

Visited April 2012
Thank Ros N
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New Orleans
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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Interesting way to learn history”
Reviewed April 28, 2012

My husband and I enjoyed the visit to aircraft carrier. We watched the hour-long movie about the "fighting lady" and learned a great deal. The movie was shot during WWII and very interesting; it worth the time. I know younger children wouldn't enjoy it (shot as a documentary), but we sure did. There were several school groups (middle school to high school) and all of them seemed to be enjoying the experience. Make sure you see the Medal of Honor Museum, especially with the interactive touch screens to hear the stories of those who received the medals. Unfortunately, the submarine was closed for restoration work for we couldn't tour that. There is an elevator for handicapped, anyone who has a hard time climbing stairs, and for parents with small children and/or strollers. Also, there were wheelchairs available for anyone who needed one.

Visited April 2012
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Western NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Lots to see!”
Reviewed April 27, 2012

We toured the aircraft carrier that was a part of the museum and really enjoyed it. It was strange to see the ship from far away and then up close. Perspective is everything. If you are there during lunch time, don't eat at the snack bar, but have your lunch in the mess hall on the ship! I think one could tour a submarine also but we did not. This is also the place where we began our boat tour of the harbor and Ft. Sumter.

Visited April 2012
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