U.S.S. Lexington (CV-16)
Aircraft Carrier Museum
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    USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier Museum Tour

    There are five, self-guided tour routes covering 100,000 square feet and eleven decks. Visit over 20 historic aircraft aboard on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation.

    Lovers of warbirds, warships and the stories they represent, will be amazed by by our gallery of scale model works of art. Five years in the making, with over 370 pieces on display, this is the largest publicly exhibited model collection in Texas. Over 120 volunteer craftsmen spent many thousands of hours creating the models and this must-see exhibit.

    Ship History
    The Blue Ghost

    The USS LEXINGTON, CV-16, is a World War II-vintage Essex Class aircraft carrier.

    Commissioned in 1943, she set more records than any other Essex Class carrier in the history of naval aviation.The ship was the oldest working carrier in the United States Navy when decommissioned in 1991. An Essex-class carrier, LEXINGTON was originally named the USS CABOT. During World War II, final construction was being completed at Massachusetts’ Fore River Shipyard when word was received that the original carrier named USS LEXINGTON, CV-2, had been sunk in the Coral Sea. The new carrier’s name was changed to LEXINGTON.

    During World War II, the carrier participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater and spent a total of 21 months in combat. Her planes destroyed 372 enemy aircraft in the air, and 475 more on the ground. She sank or destroyed 300,000 tons of enemy cargo and damaged an additional 600,000 tons. The ship’s guns shot down 15 planes and assisted in downing five more.

    The Japanese reported LEXINGTON sunk no less than four times! Yet, each time she returned to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost.” The name is a tribute to the ship and the crew and air groups that served aboard her.

    USS Lexington Exhibits & Activities

    Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft.

    Exhibits range from the crew's sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship's jail, officer's country, post office, machine shops, and pilots' ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you'll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure.

    Family-oriented activities for all ages abound: two types of flight simulators, music videos, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits, "Ejection Seat Theater," and much more.

    USS Lexington Youth Programs

    Shipboard Tours

    • Hard Hat Tour - Explore over 15 different areas of the ship not on the public tour. These guided tours will provide you with a hard hat and small flashlight and climb through some dark areas of the ship that are otherwise off limits. This area includes the ammo magazine, bomb elevator, brig, compass room, damage control, and more. RSVP - tour runs most days.

    3D Mega Theater
    Watch larger-than-life heroes on a three-story-tall 3D MEGA Theater. This large format theater will give any group goosebumps and make the imagination run wild. All films are selected for their ability to teach something new and inspire us to achieve.

    The Mess Deck
    Have lunch onboard the Lexington at The Mess Deck. Arrangements can be made to accommodate your group with special lunch menu options.

    USS Lexington Overnight Program
    Families / Youth Groups

    Imagine spending the night on the longest-serving aircraft carrier in Navy history! Organized youth groups have that opportunity! Deployment aboard the Lexington includes:

    • Tours, Scavenger Hunts, simulators and more!
    • Dinner and breakfast on the mess deck; once used by the enlisted crew;
    • Sleeping in enlisted crew berths (supervised);
    • Unique Shipboard Flag Ceremony and Bugle Calls
    • A taste of Navy life and Navy order; and loads of fun!

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    Scouting / Home Schools

    One of the coolest study programs available in scouting. Learn the principals of aircraft operations and aviation careers with this ready make study guide for youth.

    USS Lexington Museum
    Address: 2914 N. SHoreline Blvd;
    Contact: 361-888-4873; Museum Website;
    Open Daily: 10AM-5PM (Exc: Thanksgiving & Christmas)
    RSVP: All groups of 8 or more.

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