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About Operation Overnight

Become a United States sailor aboard by participating in Operation Overnight aboard the historic USS Yorktown on Charleston Harbor. You’ll walk among some of our military’s most notable airplanes and ships during your adventure while learning what life was like for Navy sailors. You’ll sleep in traditional Navy berthing compartments and eat meals in one of the ship’s many galleys. While aboard, you’ll hear stories of heroism and experience the WWII aircraft carrier like no other as you go behind the scenes to Live Like a Sailor.

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What's Included

  • Admission to the museum to tour the USS YORKTOWN, USS LAFFEY, Vietnam Experience, and Medal of Honor Museum
  • “Live Like a Sailor” program
  • Ability to sleep where sailors slept
  • Operation Overnight patch
  • Scavenger Hunt
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Group Size Requirement

The program is open to groups at least 10 people in size.


Participants must be at least seven years old.

Leader/Youth Ratio Policy

Participants ages 7-10 must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Participants ages 11-17 must have an adult group leader AND one chaperone for every 10 kids.


For groups 10 to 100 people in size, a flat fee of $500 is required to make a reservation. For groups larger than 100 people, a flat fee of $1,000 is required to make a reservation. Reservations must be made at least 30 days before a visit.


Full payment is due no later than 45 days prior to the group’s arrival. Payments must be made with one transaction via credit card. We accept Visa, Master Card, Discover and American Express.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations within 72 hours of your visit are not eligible for a refund. Cancellations outside 72 hours are eligible for a refund but a $30 per person processing fee will be charged.

Meal Information

Meals are not included in the Operation Overnight program. Guests may bring food on board the Yorktown, order food for pick-up or delivery, or depart the ship and eat off-site. Please contact the overnight office for more details by calling 843-881-5937 or emailing [email protected].

Safety Information

Assigned berthing (sleeping) areas are limited to members of the same group and are sanitized between reservations. We utilize an ultraviolet (UV) light air purification process within our HVAC systems. UV light deactivates airborne and surface contaminants like mold, bacteria and viruses. Hand sanitizing stations are available for use throughout the museum.


For questions and help booking an overnight visit, call 843-881-5937 or email [email protected]

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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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