Corpus Christi, TX
USS Lexington Museum in Corpus Christi
The USS Lexington Museum is a World War II aircraft carrier that now serves as a museum on the Corpus Christi Bay. The storied ship was decommissioned in 1991 after setting more records than any other carrier in U.S. Navy history.
Today the Lexington Museum on the Bay is a showcase for the heroics of sailors, pilots and military personnel who fought for freedom during the war.
Visitors can experience a day in the life of an American soldier in the ship's flight simulator, the virtual battle stations and the 3-story MEGAtheater.
The floating museum features self-guided tours through the ship's maze of tunnels and ladders.
Five self-guided tours cover 100,000 square feet and 11 decks. Sections of the ship that are open to the public include the hangar deck, engine room and sick bay, gallery deck, flight deck, navigation bridge, pilot house and chart house.
Soon after it was commissioned in 1943, the USS Lexington symbolized the perseverance and determination of American troops.
At the time, the USS Lexington was stationed at Pearl Harbor and participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific. Japanese factions had reported four separate times that the ship had sunk. But each time she returned to fight again, earning the nickname "The Blue Ghost."
During the ship's retirement, new sections of the ship have been restored and opened to the public on a regular basis.
The USS Lexington Museum was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.