Tours & Exhibits - USS LEXINGTON Museum on the bay in Corpus Christi, Texas

There are five, self-guided tour routes covering 100,000 square feet and eleven decks. If you have questions,
look for one of our “yellow shirt” volunteers, many of whom actually served aboard LEXINGTON.Touring Lex Banner Header

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FLIGHT DECK

Aircraft
Anti-aircraft Guns
Arresting Gear
Navigation Bridge
Photo Ops
The Plank

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FOC’SLE

Pearl Harbor Exhibit
Anchor Machinery
Junior Officers Quarters
Officers Quarters

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GALLERY DECK

CVE/ CVL Exhibit
Captains Cabin
Combat Information Center
Library
Ready Rooms

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LOWER DECKS

Chapel
Crew’s Galley
Dental Clinic
Engine Room
POW Exhibit
Scale Model Gallery
Sick Bay

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HANGAR DECK

Admissions
Engines
Fantail
Flight Simulator
Lex Lift Elevator
3D Mega Theater
Mess Deck
Ship’s Store
WWII Aircraft

Try one of our guided specialty tours!

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1: Flight Deck

High-speed catapult launches, arrested landings, air operations and aircraft refueling all took place on this 910-foot long and 142-foot wide airport. The original flight deck was a long rectangle but jet aircraft demanded a separate landing and take-off area, so in the 50’s she underwent major modifications, which allowed her to serve another 36 years. Points of interest on deck are take-off and landing control stations and arresting gear, anti-aircraft gun mounts and vintage aircraft.(Subject to change)

2: Foc’sle

Foc’sle is a vernacular for forecastle, a forward upper deck area that extends to the bow. The Foc’sle Tour begins on the starboard side of the hangar deck towards the bow (front of the ship). The forecastle is the area of the ship where the equipment to raise and lower the anchors is located. Anchoring was a complex maneuver performed by boatswain mates (“bosuns”) who operated and maintained the equipment. The anchoring process was precisely coordinated between the bridge and the foc’sle. In addition to this equipment, the foc’sle area is now used for various exhibits.
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3: Gallery Deck

Just below the flight deck is the Combat Information Center (CIC), which collected and evaluated all information on the status of the USS LEXINGTON, other friendly ships, and enemy forces. The CIC directed the ship’s performance in close coordination with the air operations center (AirOps) and the carrier air traffic control center (CATCC) next door. (Subject to change)

Highlights

  • Combat Information Center
  • AirOps
  • Carrier Air Traffic Control Center
  • Ready Rooms
  • Air Group 16 Exhibit
  • Captain’s in-port quarters
  • Admiral’s quarters
  • Library
  • “Marianas Turkey Shoot” exhibit
  • “Blue Ghost” exhibit
  • CVE/CVL exhibit
  • American POW’s exhibit
  • Admiral Felix B. Stump Gallery

4: Lower Decks

The USS LEXINGTON was powered by one of the most efficient and dependable propulsion systems ever installed on a U.S. warship. The power plant consists of four turbine engines fired by eight boilers, that created 150,000-horse power and a top speed of 33 knots.

Also on this route see how the up to 3,000 crewmembers lived during months at sea.

NEW – Warbirds & Warships Scale Model Gallery.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Crew’s galley and cafeteria lines
  • Engine Room
  • Barber shops
  • Female Berthing
  • Machine shop
  • Sick Bay Exhibits
  • Medical & Dental facilities
  • Mine Warfare Exhibit
  • Post Office
  • POW Exhibit
  • Damage Control Exhibit
  • Robert Earley Memorial Chapel
  • USS HOUSTON Exhibit
  • Live Aboard/Overnight Camp facilities

5: Hangar Deck

During wartime this deck stored as many as 60 aircraft. Maintenance, refueling and rearming of these aircraft took place here. Unchanged in size since WWII, the hangar deck measures 654 feet by 70 feet, is 17.5 feet high, and covers 40,000 square feet.

The deck is divided into three bays that could be sealed off by electrically operated fire doors. Each bay contains its own conflagration (CONFLAG) station for station damage control.

Highlights

  • The NEW Virtual Battle Stations Exhibit
  • Peacoat Memorial Exhibit
  • Aviation Trainers/Simulators
  • Visual Communications Exhibits
  • Ship’s Bell
  • WWII Aircraft
  • Engine Exhibits
  • Fantail
  • 4 December 1943 Torpedo Memorial Exhibit
  • Missiles
  • Quarterdeck: Location of 1st Aid Station
  • Joe Jessel MEGA Theater
  • Aircraft
  • Flight Simulator
  • The Mess Deck
  • Ship’s Store

 

 

-CAUTION-

As a former United States Naval vessel, this ship contains many obstructions and hazards.
Please watch your head and your step. Do not run and please stay close to your children.