Become part of the crew, as Patriots Point brings the history of the Vietnam War to life in this fully immersive 2 ½ acre exhibit that brings Marine officers to life through holograms in an exciting 3-D production.

Set in a "Brown Water Navy" support base and a U.S. Marine Corps artillery fire base during the Tet Offensive and the Battle of Khe Sanh in 1968.

The exhibit features more than a dozen components that simulate life during wartime:

  • Quonset Hut
  • M35A2 –  2 ½ Ton Truck "Deuce and a half"
  • Fire Control Bunker
  • Mess Hall
  • 105 Howitzer gun
  • Willys M725 Ambulance
  • 3 Vietnam-era Helicopters
    • CH-46 Sea Knight
    • UH-1M Huey
    • UH-34 Sea Horse
  • MK1 River Patrol Boat (PBR) dedicated to Medal of Honor recipient James Elliot Williams (see Medal of Honor Museum)
  • Climb to the top of the observation tower and hear the sounds of jets and helicopters flying overhead

The Vietnam Experience Exhibit also serves as a place for the two million Vietnam veterans in the United States to reflect and reconnect with their experiences during their years of service.


Exciting new additions have been added to the Quonset Hut. Experience the mini-theater located inside a replica of a Saigon street corner, climb inside the M151 Jeep, and see an authentic 17 ft. Viet Cong Sampan. Plan your visit today to see it all for yourself!

Construction of the exhibit was made possible by contributions from Charleston County Council, Bennett Hospitality and the Charleston Harbor Benefactors Society.

Craft Stats

Silhouette of the MK1 PBR

Featured: MK1 PBR
Type: Patrol Boat, River
Length: 31 feet
Width: 10 feet 7 inches
Weight: 8 tons (loaded)
Draft: 2.5 feet
Speed: 30 mph
Range: 574 km (355 miles)
Armament: 1 twin M2HB .50 Cal turret (forward)
1 single M2HB .50 Cal (aft)
1-2 M60 .30 Cal (side mounted)
1 40mm MK19 Grenade Launcher (1968 and later)
Location: Vietnam Experience Exhibit
Source: This patrol boat is on loan from Naval History and Heritage Command.
  • Military (ID required)
  • $22
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  • SC Teachers/SC First Responders (ID required)
  • $23
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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.

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