Plan Your Visit to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Admission to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum includes access to three historic ships, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the destroyer USS Laffey, 28 historic aircraft, as well as the three-acre Vietnam Experience, and more. Discover it all here!

General admission includes ALL exhibits:

  • USS YORKTOWN Aircraft Carrier
  • USS LAFFEY Destroyer
  • 3 Acre Vietnam Experience
  • Medal of Honor Museum
  • 28 Historic Aircraft

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Tickets can be purchased online or on-site at our ticket window. Tickets purchased online are valid for one full year from the date of purchase and can be used any day you decide to visit.


Please note that the museum operates on a seasonal schedule.

March 1 - September 4

Daily: 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The museum ticket office closes every day at 5 p.m.

September 5 - February 28

Weekdays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Weekends: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The museum ticket office closes every day at 4 p.m.

Ship Store

The Ship Store (land-side gift shop) is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Holiday and Special Operating Hours - 2024

  • Fourth of July: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day: Closed to the public.
  • Christmas Eve: Closed to the public.
  • Christmas Day: Closed to the public.
  • New Year’s Eve: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3:30 p.m.

Location & Directions

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, across the harbor from historic Charleston, South Carolina. We are just minutes away from Downtown, Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and West Ashley.

Our address is:

40 Patriots Point Road

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464


Patriots Point is located on Charleston Harbor at the base of the Ravenel Bridge and just 5 minutes from downtown Charleston.

Come visit us at: 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Eastbound on I-26 / Northbound on Hwy 17: Hwy 17N to Mt. Pleasant exit and cross over the Ravenel Bridge, at foot of Bridge, merge right onto Coleman Blvd (703). At first traffic light on Coleman, turn right onto Patriots Point Road.

Southbound on Hwy 17: Hwy 17S to Mt. Pleasant. Continue on 17S and turn left at traffic light onto McGrath Darby Blvd. Continue straight on McGrath Darby Blvd to next traffic light. Continue straight at traffic light to Patriots Point Road.

By Water: You can also reach Patriots Point by water. Charleston Water Taxi runs seasonally. Contact them for taxi schedules and prices. www.charlestonwatertaxi.com


Parking is available at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, it costs $5 to park your car for the entire day.

Free parking is available for all buses in our designated bus parking lot. There is no parking fee for those camping overnight aboard the USS YORKTOWN.

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Guided Tours

Captain’s Tour

Learn about what life was like for sailors at sea during World War II, Vietnam, and during the recovery of the Apollo 8 space capsule while you're led through areas of the historic aircraft carrier USS Yorktown that are off-limits to the general public.

Discover the original Captain's Quarters and hear about the sailors who commanded such titanic vessels including the Yorktown's first Captain, Adm. Joseph J. Clark. Also included is an exclusive climb into a B-25 bomber.

Proudly Offered by Bulldog Tours.

Audio Tour

In coordination with Bulldog Tours, our USS Yorktown audio tour pairs the exhibitions and artifacts onboard the historic ship with in-depth information and firsthand accounts from Sailors. The tour is available for $7.99 through the Patriots Point Experience app on the IOS and Android marketplaces.


Tickets to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum are available to purchase online here:

  • Adult (13+) $28
  • Senior (62+) $25
  • Child (6-12) $23
  • SC Teacher & First Responder $23
  • Military (Veteran, Active Duty, Retired) $22
  • Child (Under 6) FREE
  • Military in Uniform FREE

Admission to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum includes admission to two historic warships, the three-acre Vietnam Experience and more. Find out more here.

Museums for All

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is proud to participate in Museums For All. Present your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) card, or Women, Infants & Children (WIC) card and photo ID at the Admissions Window to receive free general admission for up to 4 people per family. Museums for All encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.

Accessibility & Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Many of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum’s attractions and exhibits are wheelchair accessible, however, due to the nature of our museum, several of our exhibits including portions of the USS Yorktown and USS Laffey are not accessible to those who are not able to climb stairs.

To assist visitors with physical challenges, Patriots Point offers wheelchairs at no cost for our guests. These are located landslide and at the handicapped entrance of the USS Yorktown. We also offer a ride on a golf cart from the ticketing area down to the ship (and back) to any guests who would like a ride.

An elevator is available aboard the USS YORKTOWN providing access to the Hangar Bay Level, Flight Deck and Quarters. There is a lot to see on these levels -- including the Medal of Honor Museum and more than half of our 28 aircraft.

Our three-acre Vietnam Experience Exhibit, located land-side, is also wheelchair accessible.

At this time, the USS LAFFEY may be difficult for guests with physical limitations and they are not wheelchair accessible.

Pets & Service Animals

Pets are not permitted at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, we do welcome service animals, however, due to the nature of our museum, several of our exhibits including portions of the USS Yorktown and USS Laffey are not accessible to those who are not able to climb stairs.

For guests visiting our museum with a pet, please be mindful that temperatures can be extreme and we do not recommend leaving any animals in your car. There are many pet daycare centers close to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Some of these include:

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum welcomes service animals who have proper certification and are easily identified as a service animal (i.e. vest, leash, tags). For the safety and security of our guests, all service animals must remain on leashes or in a harness. We ask that the animal be under the control of their handler at all times, and be house broken. Due to the nature of the ships at Patriots Point, including steep stairwells, enclosed spaces, and layout, service animals may be restricted or have limited access to certain areas. Please contact [email protected] for more information regarding service animals.

Pets, companion animals, and service animals in training are not permitted. We are happy to provide a list of local pet daycare centers that will care for your pet for the day while you enjoy your visit with us!

Dining at Patriots Point

We offer several vending options in and around our gift shop and aboard the USS Yorktown. Items for sale include snacks, candy, water, and soft drinks. During the spring and summer season, we often host Lowcountry food trucks. Check our event calendar to see if there is a truck scheduled during your visit.

Gift Shop

Unfortunately, we do not have an online gift shop for our visitors. While you are visiting Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, be sure to stop by The Ship Store to find a selection of t-shirts, collectibles, and more to take the adventure home with you!

The Ship Store: OPEN FROM 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Located landside of the YORKTOWN, the Ship Store offers a wide variety of military memorabilia, shirts, caps, unique gifts and souvenirs. Check out the extensive collection of military books, unique Charleston mementos, fine jewelry, and more.

Fort Sumter Tour & Spiritline Cruise

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is not affiliated with Spiritline Cruises or Fort Sumter. Both Fort Sumter tours and Spiritline Cruises depart from Patriots Point. You can find information about Spiritline Cruises here.

Souvenir Photos


As you complete your visit to Patriots Point, stop by Photogenic for your unique souvenir photography package. Professional photographers capture the moment for your family or group. A portion of each photography purchase provides funding for exhibit expansion, ship maintenance, and programming at Patriots Point.

Helicopter Tours

Fly-In Helicopters at Patriots Point offers exclusive tours of the Holy City that is a "must-do" for any visitor. Flights ranging from 5-20 minutes over the Charleston Harbor, the USS YORKTOWN, and surrounding beaches provide breathtaking views and photo opportunities that even locals enjoy. Tours are available daily, weather permitting, from 10 am - 5 pm or until all ticketed flights are completed. Purchase tickets at the Patriots Point ticket window or online. For more information, visit the Fly-In website, email [email protected], or call 843-373-8011.

Ghost Tours

Explore the YORKTOWN’s unexplained mysteries through areas of the ship normally restricted to the public! Hear legendary stories of sacrifice and bravery as you learn about the well-documented stories of strange, startling sights and sounds. See why there’s a Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” all about the YORKTOWN – and why both The Today Show and Family Circle magazine call it the must-do walking ghost tour in Charleston.

  • 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.

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

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