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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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed September 25, 2013

The Medal of Honor Museum is a moving experience and well done. The USS Yorktown is both interesting and educational, and reflective of the era's in which it served.

Thank Frapha
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Reviewed September 25, 2013

When ever I have a chance to step back in time with the Navy, I go for it. Not because this is a hobby of mine, but rather its my occupation. Heritage is something all Sailors should be aware of of. This place has good and bad points. The bad.... The gift shop is like the gift shops in Myrtle Beach, a bunch of random stuff in one location. There are no Navy legacy gifts, no coins, not much Navy related aside from from SOME hats, Navy Flags and Sailor hats for kids. Now compare this to the gift shop in Hawaii, it makes this place look even worse. Now the good. The USS Yorktown (CV-10) is in great condition given it is a WWII Ship, I was very impressed. It was very accessible for my wife and 7 month old son who we had in a stroller. They have military discounts, and its free for those of us who show up in uniform. I think uniform or not, all active duty should be in for free, but it's their place and the money we paid is taking care of the ship. I would come back again.

Thank Seastallion
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Your admission includes three ships: aircraft carrier, destroyer and submarine. All are self-tour at your own pace. You could easily spend the entire day here if this was your area of interest. We purchased tickets at the Visitor Center and saved a few dollars. There is a lot of walking and stairs.

Thank David J
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

We visited while waiting to take the boat to Ft Sumter. The massive ship was amazing. They also have a large shop with something for everyone.

Thank VictoriaRP68
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Reviewed September 21, 2013

Plan to spend a day here. Lots to tour through. The air craft carrier, submarine and other nay ship. Not to mention a very nice gift shop. There is even a nice snack bar on the aircraft carrier.

Thank Shawn R
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