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“the yorktown”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Huntersville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“the yorktown”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We had a great time exploring the Yorktown.. The tours and directions for the tours were great. You can follow one or all 6. The Medal of Honor musuem is a must see if you are in Charleston. Very touching.

Visited September 2012
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Georgia
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“Amazing walk back in history....”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We took our kids 11 and 9 to the USS Yorktown for the day. What an amazing museum! My 9 year old daughter was fascinated with the flight deck and the planes with collapsible wings. They have a flight simulator that was a big hit as well. Kids of all ages - from 80 year olds on oxygen to 50 year old men, to 10 year old boys to babies... everyone was fascinated and spellbound by "The Fighting Lady." The day we were there they were having their first haunted tours... As for being haunted - yes, we believe it. We were blown away with the history - the number of period planes on board and seeing the TomKat was just icing on the proverbial cake. Neither my 9 year old daughter nor I (the mom) are into military history whatsoever, yet we were both blown away. A definite not-miss.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Loved it”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

Got the water taxi over and what I loved was that your ticket is valid all day and you could come and go. So I did a quick self-guided tour of the Yorktown and thn left to go to Boone hall. I came back at about 5:30 and had the ship pretty much to myself so sat up on the flight deck watching the sunset. It was magical

Visited September 2012
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Collierville, Tennessee
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“Medal of Honor Museum - interesting”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

We went specifically for the Medal of Honor Museum since my husband knows someone who received a Medal of Honor. We have been to the Intrepid in NYC, so we didn't spend a lot of time touring the various ships. It would be nice if the Medal of Honor Museum was separate, so you didn't have to pay to see everything if you just wanted to tour this, but I'm sure it's a good value for folks who haven't been on aircraft carrier before.

We also did the CPO Mess for lunch which we thought was OK for the price. It wasn't quite obvious how it all worked when we went in and wasn't elegant (but it's not suppose to be), but it served the purpose and was convenient.

Visited September 2012
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Charleston
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“Wonderful display of History”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

The USS Yorktown is a great visit. Everything from the aircraft displays to the walk down the corridor of audio enhanced battles scenes. The Medal of Honor Museum was especially moving and made one thankful for what we have and for others that made the ultimate sacrifice. Thus is definitely a must-see, when visiting the Charleston area.

Visited September 2012
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