Enjoy a “hands-on” history lesson at The Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. With six tour routes, memorials and exhibits, Patriots Point is the fourth largest naval museum in the country – and one of only two museums with more than two ships. It is ranked the state’s number one heritage attraction.

The USS Yorktown was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy.  The ship was commissioned on April 15, 1943, and participated significantly in the Pacific Offensive that began in late 1943 and ended with the defeat of Japan in 1945. The Yorktown received the Presidential Unit Citation, and earned 11 battle stars for service in World War II. Much of the Academy Award-winning (1944) documentary The Fighting Lady was filmed on board the Yorktown.

Also on board the Yorktown, the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum features interactive exhibits that explain the origin of the Medal of Honor and its distinctions. The exhibits tell the stories of brave Americans who displayed remarkable courage such as Audie Murphy, Sergeant Alvin York and Jimmy Doolittle. Even now, the Medal of Honor continues to touch the lives of Americans as the museum pays special tribute to the first Medal of Honor recipients from the War On Terror: exceptional Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Other exhibits include “The Vietnam Experience” with interactive means to hear, see and feel a US Navy Advanced Tactical Support Base (Brown Water Navy) and a US Marine Corps Artillery Firebase.  The experience not only brings history to life, it also serves as a place for Vietnam veterans and others to reflect on their wartime experiences.

To see these and more military-themed exhibits, visit Patriot’s Point, located at 40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant. For hours and more information, call

866-831-1720 or visit www.patriotspoint.org.