Battleships are like floating cities, outfitted with common conveniences such as hospitals, eating places, and eager fleets of taxicabs. Grab the helm of history with today's Groupon to the American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum. Choose from the following options:
- For $10, you get admission for two (up to a $20 value).
- For $25, you get a yearlong Companion membership good for two (a $50 value).
- For $37, you get a yearlong Family membership good for four (a $75 value).
Memberships include unlimited admission, official membership cards, and special discounts to area attractions. Click here for more information.
Used during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, the SS American Victory spends its retirement in the Channel District spinning its patriotic life story for the public. One of just four fully operational World War II–era ships in the country, the 67-year-old steamship proudly displays photographs, medals, and naval gear while expressing its undying hope of once again liberating Paris. Visitors can step foot inside the three-level cargo hold, stage historically accurate food-fight reenactments in the mess hall, and see what kind of signaling equipment was necessary to order a pizza in the South Pacific.
American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum
Since its construction in 1944, the 455-foot SS American Victory has weathered quite a few storms, including World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. From those storms, the steamship developed a rich history filled with stories that echo throughout its three-level cargo holds, hospital, flying bridge, mess halls, crew cabins, and lifeboats. Located in downtown Tampa, behind The Florida Aquarium, the cargo vessel now serves as a museum with exhibits showcasing rare artifacts including photographs, uniforms, medals, documents, and naval gear. Guests on the shipboard museum may take in the history at their own pace with self-guided tours, or book a guided tour led by knowledgeable docents able to walk backward as smoothly as Michael Jackson.