Looking for a little nautical adventure this weekend without the Dramamine? Consider taking a tour of the USS Salem and Shipbuilding Museum, docked in its birthplace at the former Fore River Shipyard in Quincy.
You’ll get a taste of life on board the world’s only preserved U.S. Naval heavy cruiser, a vessel that once belonged to the most powerful class of WWII era warships. Commissioned in 1949 a few years after the war ended, the USS Salem never saw battle, but she is the only surviving US Navy “all-big-gun” cruiser of her time.
A trip to the museum takes you through a number of on-board exhibits including one established in 2002 as a tribute to the Navy SEALs, the elite fighting unit featured in the recent blockbuster movie, “Act of Valor.” Climb up to the 3rd deck of the warship and tour the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailors Memorial Room, the USS Salem Memorial Room, USS Newport News Memorial Room, and a Model Exhibit Display Room.
The museum also offers an “Overnight Adventure” allowing guests to participate in simulated combat duties, such as radar tracking, firefighting, and damage control. You and your kids can take part in scavenger hunts, sleep in the sailor’s bunks and enjoy meals in the crews’ mess deck during the overnight stay.
The USS Salem Museum hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4:00 p.m. If you have a group of 10 or more or want to hold a birthday party or special event on board, you can make a reservation for another day of the week.
Admission is $8 for adults, and $6 for seniors and children aged 4-12. Call 617-479-7900 for more information.