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Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$ see below
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us naval shipbuilding museum  uss salem photoThe U.S. Naval Shipbuilding Museum, in the former Quincy Fore River Shipyard, is home to the USS Salem, the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser, the Navy's most powerful class of cruisers.

The USNSM's primary goal is to preserve our nation's history for all generations. There's plenty to see and do by day or overnight!

USS Salem CA-139 Specifications:
Length Overall: 716' 6'
Maximum Beam: 76' 4 1/2'
Displacement: 17,000 tons
Full Load Displacement: 21,500 tons
Compliment: 109 Officers, 1,690 enlisted
Rated Speed: 33.5 knots (achieved 32.58 during trails)
Range: 10,500 n. miles at 15 knots
Fuel Capacity: 2,675 tons plus 175 tons diesel oil and 17 tons gasoline

The USS Salem has several interesting exhibits to see on 3rd deck. Some of the exhibits aboard are a U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Memorial Room, USS Salem Memorial Room, USS Newport News Memorial Room, and a Model Exhibit Display Room.

A new exhibit celebrating the U. S. Navy SEALs shows some of the history of the SEALs as well as their training and function. Some of the contributors to the exhibit include Blackhawk Industries and the UDT-SEAL Museum.

Overnight Adventure Program
Overnight Adventures are available by reservation for individuals and groups at an amazing $45 per person.

The Adventure offers participants activities that include simulated combat situations such as radar tracking, damage control and simulated fire fighting. Other activities include scavenger hunts, cold water survival, hoisting, and first aid lessons.

Its the hands-on aspect of our program that make us unique. Our Adventurers get access to areas of the ship off-limits to regular guests. They even sleep in the same bunks used by naval personnel and eat in the same mess decks.

Adventures include:
Personalized Group Orientation
Two days' admission on board the USS Salem
Full, dinner, breakfast, and snacks served in the crews mess deck
Up to three feature films shown on board
Participation in up to six hands on activities and programs
Sunday morning Boston Harbor Cruise

Birthday Parties
The USS Salem is available for special events such as birthday parties, reunions, and retirements.

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Open to the public Saturday and Sunday 10AM-4PM.
Reservations may be made for all other days to accommodate Group Tours, Birthday Parties, or special functions.

COST↑ top

$10-12 per person



739 Washington Street, Quincy, MA map
Phone: 617-479-7900

Ship Address:
549 South Street, Pier 3,
Quincy, MA 02169.


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