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“A must for military history enthusiasts, a good time for a family trip” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum
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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, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
northern virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A must for military history enthusiasts, a good time for a family trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

The dominant attraction is the Yorktown, an Intrepid class aircraft carrier converted into a museum ship. One of the best museums of its kind, it allows tours of the interior of the ship, has dozens of period air craft, the Apollo 8 capsule, and the official Medal of Honor museum. There's also a theater showing historical pieces including 'the fighting lady', a WWII documentary shot onboard, and a nice little snack area directly underneath a suspended B-25 bomber. There's also several other ships nearby including a submarine and the Laffey, a WWII destroyer, as well as monuments to the cold war submariners and a recreation of a Vietnam helicopter base. The gift shop is large and well fitted, and tours of Fort Sumter leave every two hours from a nearby pier. Very nice location, compares well with any military museum I've seen, including the Air and Space in DC.

Visited April 2012
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“Wow”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

A great experience for anyone interested in in navel history especially WW2 in the Pacific.

Visited May 2012
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Cottage Grove, Wisconsin
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“great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

Very interesting place if you are at all interested in big ships or the military. The tour of the Yorktown was amazing, hard to believe such a large number of sailors were on that ship. It is a floating city, something you have to see at least once.

Visited May 2012
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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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“Definitely worth a stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

This is a small but very interesting museum that is worth seeing. It does not take long to go through it.

Visited May 2012
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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

I felt like I had been thrust back in time. The house and grounds are just spectacular.

Visited May 2012
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