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 for membership to the American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a yearlong companion membership for two (a $50 value).
- For $37, you get a yearlong family membership for four (a $75 value).
- For $62, you get a yearlong Quartermaster membership for four (a $125 value).<p>
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.
Members enjoy unlimited admission aboard the SS American Victory, as well as 10% off treasures from the The Ship Store, and discounts at several area attractions, including $3 off adult and $1 off youth admission to the Florida Aquarium. Quartermaster members acquire two guest passes for their favorite first and second mates to the SS American Victory and four one-day passes to the Armed Forces Military Museum in Largo. They also receive two free tickets to every special event, such as the Boat Parade of Lights or weekly Kids Ahoy! scavenger hunts, when wee ones scan the palm trees for dubloon-eating parrots.
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.
705 Channelside Dr.
Tampa, Florida 33602