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Museums and Exhibits

Battleship Cove presents and maintains a diverse number of exhibits to complement our ships, aircraft, and mission. 

National PT Boat Museum

As the home to the National Pt Boat Museum, Battleship Cove displays the world's largest collection of PT boat artifacts.

The heart of this collection is PT Boats 617 and 796, the world's only restored pair of PT boats on public display. These National Historic Landmarks are complemented by a vast assemblage of ephemera collected by WWII PT boaters in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters, artifacts that help us to appreciate not only the heritage of PT boaters, but also the diverse cultures of the regions from which these artifacts originated. 

PT 796 is currently closed.

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Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyer Museum

USS Josephy P. Kennedy Jr. is home to the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destory Museum and Memorial, which maintains a vast collection of cruise books, photos, and artifacts from over 100 years of US Navy destoyer history.

Probably the most famous destroyerman in naval history, four-star Admiral Arleigh Albert "31-knot" Burke, USN, was a well-known, respected, and decorated naval officer. The namesake for the Navy's latest Aegis Arleigh Burke-Class destoryers (DDG-51), Burke receieved his nickname "31-knot" for the speed at which his destroyer groups could operate in the Pacific theater during WWII. 

Within the Burke Museum are various murals, artifacts, interactive displays, and ship lists that portray the proud heritage of destroyermen and the United States Navy. 

The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation and is working with many ship and veteran organizations to perserve and present the story of the destroyermen. 

Vietnam: The Helicopter War

Launched by a generous $85K Destination Development Capital Grant award from the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT), this project will fund the construction of a permanent edifice and exhibit to restore, preserve, and interpret the museum's Iroquois and Cobra Helicopters.

The legendary symbol and workhorse of the Vietnam War, the Bell UH-1 Huey helicopter was the most produced aircraft since World War II. Utilized in both insertion and extraction operations of US troops along with the gunship configuration, the Huey still is the most recognized helicopter in the world. Her "cousin", the Cobra attack helicopter, traces its design lineage directly to the Huey and was the first helicopter conceived specifically for direct fire support of ground troops.

 

Battleship Cove's new immersive exhibit will showcase both of these authentic Vietnam-ear choppers within the engaging environment of a simulated wartime aircraft hange

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Snapshot of exhibit that shows a black and white cutout of a woman in a jumpsuit holding a large wrench on her shoulder

Women Protecting Us

They are mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and friends: While formal military status for US women began in May of 1942, women have always borne the burden of military conflict. Often unrecognized, their contributions paved the way for the legions of women who serve today in our armed forces.

Now, their stories are being discovered and are retold at Battleship Cove. 

Women Protecting US represents Southern New England's first in-depth documentation of the military contributions of women. This provocative, permanent exhibit chronicles how women in the military perform valuable duties, and how women on the home front preserved the fabric of our nation while soldiers and sailors fight overseas.

This exhibit established Battleship Cove as an educational resource in the field of women's military history and is housed aboard the battleship Massachusetts.

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The embers of Hiroshima and Nagasaki had barely cooled when the Soviets challenged U.S. military superiority by detonating their own atomic device on August 29, 1949. As the threat of long-range Badger bombers loomed over the consciousness of the American public, top armed forces strategists agreed that early detection was the key to national survival.

Radar picket ships, designated YAGR/AGRs, were part of an integrated air defense early warning system to warn the Continental United States of Soviet Bloc air attacks. Extending across Alaska, Northern Canada, Greenland, and the North Atlantic, this system was headquartered in Colorado Springs in a secret bunker in Cheyenne Mountain.

Explore this one-of-a-kind exhibit to learn about the ships and sailors that provided "Protection by Detection" during the Cold War. Located on the second deck of the battleship Massachusetts.

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Explore In-Person!

Come aboard to learn more about the heroic sacrifices of those memorialized at Battleship Cove.

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