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Seattle US Naval Destroyer Museum Ship

Seattle US Naval Destroyer Museum Ship - 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
USS Turner Joy USS Turner Joy Photo: Michael W Murphy via Flickr

Learning, visiting, and experiencing history tends to be much more powerful and impactful in museums that transport you back in time. The more that you feel you are part of the history the more that you really can take it all in. The smell, the feel – it all translates to a greater museum experience. The US Naval Destroyer Museum Ship in Seattle, Washington does an amazing job of transporting you on a magical, historical journey as you tour the ship and cram into tight quarters to hear powerful war stories.

The ship is the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) and it’s docked at the Bremerton Boardwalk near the Harborside Convention Center and the Seattle Ferry Terminal. It’s a famed naval destroyer from the Vietnam War that has been turned into an active educational facility to recognize and honor the men and women of the US Navy, especially during the Vietnam War. It was constructed in Seattle, Washington in 1957 and was then sent on several tours in the Pacific with visits to several Asian nations. Specifically she participated in the Gulf of Tonkin incident that escalated the US involvement in Vietnam. With constant trips from its home in the Long Beach area of Washington to fighting in the Asian Pacific the naval destroyer saw her time in battle and was a great help for the war effort with valiant and honorable actions by her crew. The USS Turner Joy was finally decommissioned in November 1982 and was then donated to become a museum in 1991. The tours that are offered for visitors give thorough information about the Navy, the ship itself, wartime life, and the Vietnam War. There’s lots of history that you can experience up close and personal.


March 1 to October 23 - 10am-5pm (daily)
November 1 - February 28-29th 10am-4pm (Wednesday - Sunday)
Address/Map:  300 Washington Beach Ave, Bremerton, WA 98337
Phone: (360) 792-2457
Website: Plan your visit to USS Turner Joy
Adults $12 | Seniors $10 | Children (5-12) $7
Free for under 5 and active military (with ID)