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“Great old ship gracefully maintained” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of USS Turner Joy Museum Ship

USS Turner Joy Museum Ship
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Bremerton
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Annapolis, Maryland
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great old ship gracefully maintained”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2013

I will start this review with the caveat that I may be a bit biased. I served on a Forrest Sherman class destroyer like the USS Turner Joy but with an ASW modification. So it was fun to show my two sons around this old beauty. One son is in the Navy now and was amazed at the amount of things that haven't changed in 50 years. But the cool things they have done on here is allow you access to almost everywhere, with viewing portals into the reduction gears, the boilers and other places, where most people never get to see. The ship is amazingly clean and well cared for. I highly recommend you spend a couple hours poking around this piece of American Naval history.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Robert V
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Bremerton, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Visit to USS Turner Joy Museum Ship”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is, I believe, the only US ship on display to the public in Bremerton, WA since the "Mighty Mo moved to Hawaii many years ago. It's a wonderful trip to go on especially if you've never been on a US Navy Destroyer Ship. They have made it easy for everyone to take there time to tour this Ship and a lovely gift shop with a variety of souvenirs to purchase is at an area just before the Ship. There is a true eagle's nest atop the Turner Joy and when the family of eagles is out it is a wonderful site to see these magnificent birds.

There is a lot of history at this Ship and the surrounding areas; great statues with educational information shared. There are bathroom facilities outside the ship at the beginning of the pier leading to the Turner Joy.

The waterfront also has a lot of fun things to see: the marina, many fast food restaurants--Subway, Starbucks, Cold Stone Ice Cream, Taco del Mar to mention a few and there is Anthony's Restaurant with great waterfront views while eating a great meal. Also, in the same pier area there is the Washington State ferry docks where you can catch a ride from Bremerton to the waterfront in Seattle--an hour's ride one way. You can make the trip by car or ride over as a walk-on. There is also a much smaller passenger-only "foot ferry" that takes you from Bremerton to Port Orchard, which is fun if you don't need your car on the other side.

In August there is the Blackberry Festival held on the piers leading to the Turner Joy where they have good bands, lots of foods, booths of just about anything you can think of and it lasts an entire weekend in August.

The Turner Joy Museum Ship is a good tour and being down on the waterfront with all the activities to see is very exciting for everyone: families, friends, pets although I don't think you can take your pets with you onto the Ship; call ahead to find out.

Visited August 2012
Thank kaww0502
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“Awesome looking ship..”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

I thought the ship itself was awesome, I even enjoyed the gift shop they had. The memorial they had set up for all the past sailors almost brings a tear to your eye.

Visited October 2012
Thank devonric
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“Fantastic Self Guided Tour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is an actual Navy Destroyer that has been decommissioned and is open to view. Since it is a self guided tour, no one is hurrying you along. You can spend as little or as much time as you wish in each area. The majority of the ship is open.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Judy S
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Norfolk, Virginia
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“Must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2013

A must see for anyone interested in the history of the US Navy. Take the time to read all of the sponsors on the pier leading up the Ship.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank dclewis
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