Patriots Point to celebrate 40th anniversary with throwback admission price

Patriots Point to celebrate 40th anniversary with throwback admission price
August 13 00:27 2016 Print This Article

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Saturday, August 27 by offering a special $2 admission fee—the same cost of a ticket when the attraction opened in 1976.

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USS Yorktown, 1976

The celebration will feature a food court and beer garden, a World War II Veteran meet and greet, and live entertainment from Pin-Ups For Heroes, who will be performing hit songs from the WWII-era.

Visitors will be able view many of the new exhibits and technological upgrades that have been added over the last several years, including an Apollo 8 Simulation, Interactive Laffey CIC Engine Room, and the newest addition to the Vietnam Experience, the Quonset Hut. Vietnam War reenactors will be involved to bring a sense of realism to the exhibit.

“We are inviting the community that has supported us for four decades to come see how the museum has grown and what is planned for the future,” said Executive Director Mac Burdette.  “The history of our country is being told here with exhibits built using the latest technology available. Those who haven’t visited Patriots Point in the past few years will be amazed at what they see when they return.”

Other tourable attractions on the grounds include the USS Yorktown and Medal of Honor Museum, USS Laffey (destroyer), USS Clamagore (submarine), and The Cold War Memorial.

The museum will also unveil a new animation series designed to tell stories of valor and military history through exciting adventures of the Patriots Point mascot, Scrappy.  The Adventures of Scrappy: A True American Hero will launch aboard the Yorktown at noon during the anniversary celebration. The first 200 people in attendance will take home a Special Edition DVD of the series’ first episode and can pose for a photo with Scrappy.

Prizes, such as a group overnight camping trip, a ghost tour, a guided tour below deck in off-tour areas of the Yorktown and helicopter rides, will be announced every 40 minutes throughout the day. As an added bonus, participants will receive 15% off all gift shop purchases.

The museum is open from 11 am until 3 pm, and tickets can be purchased in person or online at www.PatriotsPoint.org.

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