If you’re looking to add a bit of history with a fun filled family adventure, the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum & The USS Salem is the place to visit. The USS Salem served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic.
This place is amazing all around and great for people of all ages. Quincy’s proud shipbuilding history comes to life aboard this Cold War-era heavy cruiser. Berthed at her home port, the former Fore River Shipyard, the USS Salem serves as home to the “Kilroy Was Here” catchphrase and the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum.
The ship was originally ordered by the US Navy on 14 June, 1943, USS Salem (CA 139) was later laid down on 4 July, 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company’s Quincy Yard in Quincy, MA and then launched on 25 March, 1947. She was later commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949.
During her amazing career she served as host to such well known notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece.
The museum was originally established in 1993, in response to efforts by local officials and volunteers to revive the shipyard area after operations at Fore River officially ended in 1986. Several exhibits on board Salem relating to United States naval history and shipbuilding are featured along with dockside fixtures and a miniature golf course too.
Whether you’re looking for a spectacular overnight visit on the ship or planning a creative birthday party, this historic piece of American history is the perfect place. If you’re planning a weekend in town, be sure to also visit other great nearby attractions, like the Blue Hills Reservation and Pond Meadow Park for added adventure.