Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum.

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum serves as a national destination of excellence for the preservation and education of current and future generations about America's history, traditions and values. 

Since opening in 1976, Patriots Point has become one of the the state's most popular tourist attractions with more than 300,000 visitors each year. The YORKTOWN boasts one of the largest education and overnight camping programs in the nation, with more than 40,000 school age children attending these programs each year.

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The PPDA Board is made up of nine members. Selection of three members of the Board, including its chairman, is at the discretion of the governor. Five members are appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of a combination of the following: Speaker of the House, Senate Pro Tempore, Senate Finance Chairman, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Adjutant General. The Mayor of the Town of Mount Pleasant serves as an ex-officio member. This Board meets regularly to approve strategic planning initiatives, revisions to development plans and contracts, long-term leases, etc.

The executive director, reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with its chairman, is responsible for long-term planning and day-to-day management of the agency, including the museum and all of its ancillary services.


Mr. Wayne Adams, Vice Chairman, The Adams Group, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Susan Marlowe, Board Member, Consultant
Mr. Zeb C. Williams, Board Member, South Carolina Legislative Council, Senior Legal Counsel
Mayor Will Haynie, Board Member, Town of Mount Pleasant, Mayor
Mr. George “Pat” Waters, Board Member, President/CEO, Waters Investments, LLC
Mr. Darwin Simpson, Board Member, Univar Corporation, Former Chief Executive Officer

Leadership & Staff

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The staff at Patriots Point has a passion for history, a strong respect for our nation's heroes, and a knack for southern hospitality. If you have an interest in sharing America’s stories with us, we’d like to hear from you. Browse available career opportunities below.

Career Opportunities

  • Active Duty / Retired Military (ID required)
  • $19
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  • Active Duty Military In Uniform
  • Free
  • In Person
  • Veterans / Teachers / First Responders
  • $21
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COVID-19 Notice

Due to health safety measures related to COVID-19, structured, in-person education programs have been suspended. Please consider booking a guided or self-guided tour for your group.

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COVID-19 Notice

Due to health safety measures related to COVID-19, our overnight camping program has been suspended. Please consider joining our exclusive list to be among the first to learn when the program relaunches.

Interested in booking a day group visit to see our museum? Discounted rates for 10+ people.

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