Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Home of the USS YORKTOWN aircraft carrier, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum is South Carolina’s largest museum. Located along the Charleston harbor in Mt. Pleasant, SC, this one-of-a-kind museum includes three Navy vessels, 28 historic aircraft, and an immersive 2.5-acre Vietnam Experience that tells the story of the Vietnam War using advanced technology. The museum is also home to the Medal of Honor Museum.

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Tours & Attractions

Your general admission ticket provides access to all ships and exhibits at our museum. Throughout the museum guests will find unique exhibit “experiences” that utilize the best of current technology to bring history to life and create an interactive and immersive experience.

USS Yorktown

The USS YORKTOWN (CV-10) was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy and was commissioned in 1943. Nicknamed the “Fighting Lady,” the YORKTOWN served the nation for almost three decades, earning the Presidential Unit Citation and 11 battle stars for her service in World War II and an additional five battle stars during the Vietnam War. In 1968, the USS YORKTOWN recovered the Apollo 8 space capsule and astronauts after the first mission to orbit the moon. Visitors to the YORKTOWN can get inside a replica capsule and take their own trip into space with the Apollo 8 Experience. The USS YORKTOWN was decommissioned in 1970 and became the first ship of the Patriots Point fleet when the museum opened in 1976.

Plan Your Visit


Please note that the museum operates on a seasonal schedule.

March - August

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

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

September - February

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 Operating Hours

  • Fourth of July 2024: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Day: Closed to the public.
  • Christmas Eve: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3:30 p.m.
  • Christmas Day: Closed to the public.
  • New Year’s Eve: Last ticket sold at 2 p.m., museum closes at 3:30 p.m.


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.

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Parking is available for $5.00 per day per vehicle.
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.

Local Things To Do
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • SpiritLine Cruises
  • Patriots Point Links Golf Course
  • Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina
  • Town of Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park
  • Mount Pleasant Towne Centre Shopping
  • Minutes from Historic Downtown Charleston