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Come Back Stronger” Virtual Concert And Fundraiser

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CORPUS CHRISTI – The USS Lexington Museum is thrilled to announce that we will be hosting our first ever “Come Back Stronger” Virtual Concert and Fundraiser live from the flight deck this Saturday, August 29, 2020. Guests can tune in online via our Event Page, Facebook, or YouTube at 6:45 PM and enjoy a free, live performance by The Brian Black Band, presented by Merrill Lynch and Conni & Jay Wise. Viewers will also be able to bid in an online auction with unique items, including a guitar signed by Clint Blank, an exclusive barrel of Devils River Bourbon Whiskey, USS Lexington memorabilia, and much more.

As a result of recent closures due to COVID-19 and Hurricane Hanna, the number of visitors to the USS Lexington Museum in historically low. The USS Lexington Museum is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has remained totally self-sufficient, operating without funding from local, state, or federal government agencies.

“This will be a great opportunity to include the community in preserving this historic ship,” said Steve Banta, the USS Lexington Museum Executive Director. “We’re excited to host this concert, and thank you for your continued support to help us “Come Back Stronger!”

This FREE online concert is made possible with support from the following sponsors:

Presenting Sponsors:

Merrill Lynch and Conni & Jay Wise Signature

Signature Sponsor:

Devils River Whiskey

Avenger Sponsor:

MDR Advertising

Corsair Sponsors:

Channel 3 KIII-TV, TRIROCK Energy, CAPT Tom and Gay Wimberly, USN (Ret.)

Dauntless Sponsors:

The Hicks Automotive Group, L & F Distributors, and NavyArmy Community Credit Union

Stearman Sponsors:

Axiom Retail Energy, CAPT Steve and Sarah Banta, USN (Ret.), B.E. Beecroft Co., Inc., By The Bay Catering, Frost Bank, L.K. Jordan & Associates, Kleberg Bank, and the USS Lexington CV16 Association

Member Sponsors:

Betsy and Mike Carrell, Michael Hunter, Jaime S. Rangel, Gary Shorrel, and Pat and Lori Veteto

Watch and donate LIVE this Saturday, August 29, 2020 at 6:45 PM CST:

Event Page
Facebook
YouTube

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Face Coverings

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UPDATE: June 25, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Dear Friends of the USS Lexington Museum,

The USS Lexington Museum is open daily to visitors from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Effective at 9:00 a.m. on Fri, June 26, the USS Lexington Museum will comply with requirements for “Commercial Entities” in the latest Executive Order from Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales.

All LEX visitors 10 years of age and older, as well as all staff and volunteers, will be required to wear face coverings while indoors and when in close contact.

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers are of utmost importance to us and we continue to recommend the following protocols related to suppressing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear face coverings when indoors and when in close contact (age 10 and over)
  • Increase the frequency and length of hand-washing
  • Refrain from touching faces, specifically eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid groups of other guests and follow social distancing guidelines

We continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, and the Nueces County Public Health District.

Please visit our website or social media for the latest information about admission and events at the USS Lexington Museum.

Sincerely,
Steve Banta
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director

More Information: Now Open | COVID-19 Update

Now OPEN!

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USS LEXINGTON MUSEUM NOW OPEN!

CORPUS CHRISTI – The USS Lexington Museum is thrilled to announce that we will reopen to our guests on Friday, May 22, 2020, as part of Phase 2 of the TX Governor’s “Report to Open Texas.”

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Guests will be welcomed aboard by a local marching band and Lieutenant LEX as we kick off Memorial Day Weekend!

The safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers remains, as always, our highest priority. The USS Lexington Museum has instituted safety protocols that are in line with local and state executive orders and guidelines. If you’re feeling ill, or have other health concerns, we look forward to welcoming you on board when you’re feeling better. All surfaces, railings, etc., on board the ship are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. We request family groups maintain social distancing from others, and for all guests to make use of the many hand washing/sanitizer stations throughout the ship. Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to also wear a mask or other face covering.

We’re excited to share this historic ship with our guests once again! We look forward to having you on board for a safe and enjoyable experience.

COVID-19 Update

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UPDATE: June 26, 2020
As of June 26, LEX visitors 10 years of age and older, as well as all crew and volunteers, will be required to wear face coverings while indoors and when in close contact.

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UPDATE: May 20, 2020 2:00 p.m.

USS LEXINGTON MUSEUM REOPENS FRIDAY!

CORPUS CHRISTI – The USS Lexington Museum is thrilled to announce that we will reopen to our guests on Friday, May 22, 2020, as part of Phase 2 of the TX Governor’s “Report to Open Texas.” Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Guests will be welcomed aboard by a local marching band and Lieutenant LEX as we kick off Memorial Day Weekend!

The safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers remains, as always, our highest priority. The USS Lexington Museum has instituted safety protocols that are in line with local and state executive orders and guidelines. If you’re feeling ill, or have other health concerns, we look forward to welcoming you on board when you’re feeling better. All surfaces, railings, etc., on board the ship are being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. We request family groups maintain social distancing from others, and for all guests to make use of the many hand washing/sanitizer stations throughout the ship. Staff and volunteers will be wearing masks. Guests are encouraged, but not required, to also wear a mask or other face covering.
We’re excited to share this historic ship with our guests once again! We look forward to having you on board for a safe and enjoyable experience.

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UPDATE: April 29, 2020 2:00 p.m.

Dear Friends of the USS Lexington Museum,
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers are of utmost importance to us. Due to the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, the USS Lexington Museum will remain temporarily closed through Thursday, May 21, 2020.

We hope to open in time for Memorial Day Weekend, but will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, and the Nueces County Public Health District.

We appreciate your support as we navigate these uncertain times together. Please visit our website or social media for the latest information about the USS Lexington Museum.

Sincerely,
Steve Banta
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director

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UPDATE: April 6, 2020 9:00 a.m.
Dear Friends of the USS Lexington Museum,
The health and safety of our guests, staff, and volunteers is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, in accordance with updated Federal, State, County, and City guidelines, the USS Lexington Museum will remain temporarily closed through Thursday, April 30, 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, and the Nueces County Public Health District.

We appreciate your support as we navigate these uncertain times together. Please visit our website or social media for the latest information about the USS Lexington Museum.
Sincerely,
Steve Banta
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director
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UPDATE: March 26, 2020 1:30 p.m.

Dear Friends of the USS Lexington Museum,
In accordance with the “Stay At Home” Order issued by Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales on March 25, 2020, the USS Lexington Museum will remain temporarily closed through Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, and the Nueces County Public Health District.

We appreciate your support as we navigate these uncertain times together. Please visit our website or social media for the latest information about the USS Lexington Museum.
Sincerely,
Steve Banta
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director

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UPDATE: March 19, 2020 3:00 p.m.
Dear Friends of the USS Lexington Museum,

As a result of the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and out of an abundance of caution for our visitors, staff, and volunteers, we will temporarily close the USS Lexington Museum to the public on Friday, March 20, at 5:00 p.m.

We plan to reopen on Monday, April 6, but will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow the guidance of federal, state, and local authorities.

Please stay healthy and safe, and continue to follow the guidance provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Health and Human Services, and the Nueces County Public Health District.

Feel free to visit our website or social media for the latest information about the USS Lexington Museum.

Sincerely,
Steve Banta
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director

27TH ANNUAL STAGE DOOR CANTEEN

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Sage Door Canteen

Corpus Christi – The USS Lexington Museum’s 27th Annual Stage Door Canteen is coming up on Friday, February 14th from 7-11 p.m. Described as a magical evening of nostalgia, this fundraising event has been a complete sell-out for the last twenty-six years. Headlining the star-studded cast will be the USS Lexington Big Band Orchestra. Celebrated vocal artists Jason Armstrong, Flicka Rahn, and Victoria Majors will perform songs of the WWII era. Attendees are encouraged to wear their dancing shoes and dress in business casual, 1940s era fashion, or a WWII military uniform. Snacks, a cash bar, and entertainment will be provided and complimentary valet parking will be available.

Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple for open seating, and $500 for a reserved table for 10 guests. Tickets are going fast and advanced purchase is required, so reserve your spot today.

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Red, White & Boom Fireworks Viewing Party

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THE USS LEXINGTON MUSEUM!

OUR EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

WHAT: FIREWORKS VIEWING PARTY

WHERE: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay – Flight Deck

WHEN: Thursday, 4 July 2019 – 7:00 PM – After Fireworks

INFO: Please check the email you registered with for detailed information about tonight’s festivities. Happy Independence Day! 

 

Join us for Steel Beach 2019

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Join us for our first ever Steel Beach Party aboard the LEX! You will not want to miss out on this family fun summertime party including live music, beach games, food, and fun. It will be held on our flight deck, which boasts 360 degree land and sea views of beautiful Corpus Christi.

Dance the night away to the tunes of Hannah’s Reef and then take a break to tour one of our five tour routes. Make sure to mark next Saturday, June 22, 6:00-10:00 p.m. on your calendar and bring the whole family to enjoy a night of fun for everyone!

General admission tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children 4-12, but LEX members and active duty military can purchase tickets for $25 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. Ticket price includes food and drink tickets, museum tours, viewings of our 3D film, and free games for the kids.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR and BRING the entire family.

Beach Games * Live Music * Picnic Foods * Beverages * 3-D Movie * Aircraft Tours & More!

WHAT: Steel Beach Party

WHERE: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay – Flight Deck

WHEN: Wednesday, June 22, 6pm – 10pm

COST:   Non-member $30 Adult / $15 children 4-12,

            Member & Military $25 Adult / $10 children 4-12

            Must show valid member or active duty military ID at the door.

Battle of Midway 2019 Commemoration

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Battle of Midway 2019

The public is invited to attend a Battle of Midway commemoration, which will be held Tuesday, June 4, at 10 a.m., aboard USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

AC1, Joshua Mitchell, will be the keynote speaker. Additionally, there will be a wreath laying from the Lexington into the Corpus Christi Bay, followed by a moment of silence for those who lost their lives during the battle and World War II. The Veterans Band of Corpus Christi will provide music.

The Battle of Midway was fought June 3-7, 1942, near the island of Midway in the central Pacific Ocean. The ceremony honors that battle, which is considered the turning point in the war in the Pacific, as the U.S. achieved its first major victory after the attack on Pearl Harbor and inflicted a decisive defeat on the Japanese fleet. The ceremony will also honor the veterans of World War II, who continued to battle for more than three additional years before Japan finally surrendered.

For more information, call POC: Public Affairs Officer, Fifi Kieschnick at (361) 961-2674

MEMORIAL DAY 2019: HONORING HEROES ABOARD LEXINGTON

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In honor and remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, there will be a Commemoration and Wreath Laying Ceremony on board the USS Lexington Museum on Memorial Day.

Immediately following the ceremony Boy Scout Troop 6 from Brownsville, Texas will conduct a flag retirement ceremony on the flight deck. The public is invited to bring flags for this special ceremony.

WHAT: Memorial Day Commemoration
WHERE: USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
WHEN: Monday, 27 May 2019 – 2:00 PM

USS Lexington Museum to Host Hooks Batting Practice on Flight Deck

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The USS Lexington Museum will once again welcome the Corpus Christi Hooks as they take batting practice aboard the aircraft carrier on Saturday, May 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Select Hooks players and guests will compete to see who can launch the longest shot off the flight deck toward Corpus Christi Bay. The event is part of the team’s Blue Ghosts Weekend celebration, during which the Hooks will take the field as the Corpus Christi Blue Ghosts from May 23-25, wearing special edition jerseys and caps.

Admission to the batting practice event aboard USS Lexington follows the pricing of daily admission to the museum.

Commissioned by the United States Navy in 1943, USS Lexington served the Fifth Fleet during World War II. The famed aircraft carrier was engaged in nearly every operation in the Pacific Theater, and toiled for 21 months in combat. The Japanese reported the Lexington sunk no less than four times, earning her the nickname “The Blue Ghost.”

Fans interested in collecting baseballs from batting practice can swim, kayak, paddleboard, jet-ski, or boat to the landing zone in Corpus Christi Bay, off the port aft corner of the ship. To purchase tickets to any of the baseball games during Blue Ghosts Weekend, please visit the Corpus Christi Hooks website. Blue Ghost merchandise will be available at the event and in the Ship’s Store.