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COVID-19 Update

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


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.

Steve Banta
CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Executive Director


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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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Dance to the Sounds of USS Lexington BIG BAND

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7PM

Ticket Info

$60 Couple
$35 Single
$400 Reserved Table of 10
$500 Preferred Reserved Table of 10

Star-Studded Cast!

Flicka Rahn
Jason Armstrong
Carla Gardiner
Victoria Majors
Scott Plant & More!

Purchase Your Tickets Today!
Email or call 1-800-LADY LEX or 361-888-4873 ext. 305

Advance ticket purchase required. All major credit cards accepted.

Camp-Out on the Blue Ghost

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Member Overnight Camp Out


Members, you, your families and guests are invited to an overnight Live Aboard experience! The rest of the year this program is open only to Scout and Youth groups, but for one special night a year we invite you to get a behind-the-scenes look at this very popular program. Thousands come from across the country each year to camp-out on LEX for its adventure, patriotism and FUN!

Book your adventure today!

Member Rate – $35
Contact: Amanda Taylor
361-888-4873 ext. 311 or



Day 1 – Fri Oct. 12
1400-1500 Arrival & Check-In to Berthing: Explore Ship
1600 Movie (Theater)
1645 Quarters (Stage-Hangar 2)
1700 Dinner (Wardroom)
1800 Evening Colors (Stage)
1830 Self-Guided Tours/Scavenger Hunt/Haunted House
2000 Optional: Screening of Beetlejuice in Theatre
2230 Taps (Lights Out)
Day 2 – Sat. Oct. 13
0700 Reveille
0745 Quarters/Morning Colors (Stage)
0800 Breakfast (Wardroom)
0830 Flight Simulator Opens (Mess Deck)
0845 Final Quarters – Patches Awarded – Main Stage

Haunted House on the USS Lexington

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Haunting on The Blue Ghost

Haunting on The Blue Ghost

Strange things are creeping along Corpus Christi Bay. LEX will be haunted from October 12th through November 3rd and the ghosts will be waiting for you! Castle of Terror Productions and LEX have a ghost ship tour you’ll never forget!

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View the fireworks over Corpus Christi Bay from the best site in town, the flight deck of the USS Lexington! General admission seating.  We will provide chairs or you may bring a bag/camp chair. Food, Beer & Wine will be available for purchase.   No outside coolers or food allowed. All guests will be subject to a bag check at entry.  Ship Tour Routes will be closed.


WHERE:          USS Lexington Museum on the Bay – Flight Deck

WHEN:             Wednesday, 4 July 2018 – 7:00 PM – After Fireworks

COST:            $25.00 per person, $15.00 Member, $15.00 Military (with ID)

Call for tickets: 361-888-4873 Ext. 307 or 305

Battle of Midway Commemoration

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

Rear Adm. James Bynum, chief of Naval Air Training, 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


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Corpus Christi – 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 also invited to this special ceremony and encouraged to bring old and worn flags in need of retirement.


WHAT:             Memorial Day Commemoration (Complimentary Admission for Ceremony)

WHERE:           USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

WHEN:             Monday, 28 May 2018 at 2:00 PM



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The Texas Navy Association was formed under the authority of the Texas Secretary of State in 1972 as a non-profit organization devoted to preserving the history of the Texas Navy.  Membership is open to anyone who holds a commission as an Admiral in the Texas Navy from the Governor of Texas and to anyone who would like to become a member.  (For more info visit

In 2014, during his tenure as President of the Texas Navy Association, Mr. Bill Turner met with USS Lexington Museum staff to propose having an exhibit aboard the ship.  After determining the footprint of the space required, and acquiring the necessary funding, work began on the 1000 square foot exhibit.  The Texas Navy exhibit features the historical documentary How the Texas Navy Saved the Revolution, a Kahunas USA / Texas Navy Association historic documentary.  The film is available to all Texas teachers for free download at under the “Teachers” button.

The exhibit also features a short film highlighting the importance of black powder and 19th century cannon technology.  Available for viewing are a replica of a historic warship’s gun deck, cannons, uniforms, navigation gear, story boards, as well as numerous artifacts of period naval warfare.

The mission of the Texas Navy Association is, “To preserve and promote an appreciation of the historic character and heroic acts of the Texas Navy.  To promote travel by visitors to historical sites and areas in which the Texas Navy operated.  To conduct in the broadest sense a public relations campaign to create a responsible and accurate image of Texas.  And, encourage Texas communities, organizations, and individuals, as well as governmental entities, to participate with actions and money in pursuit of these objectives.”

Join us for this ribbon cutting ceremony including Admirals from the Texas Navy, Producers, and Actors from the films, a Featured Mural Artist, and historic models.


WHAT:            Texas Navy Exhibit Ribbon Cutting

WHEN:            Saturday, March 19, 2018, 11:00 am

WHERE:          USS Lexington Museum on the Bay

Memorial Service for Captain Frank W. “Rocco” Montesano, USN (Ret)

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Executive Director Emeritus, Rocco Montesano, lost his battle with cancer on Friday, April 13, 2018.

There will be a Memorial Service on Sunday, April 29th at 5:00 pm on board the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay. Dress is casual and valet parking will be available.

In lieu of flowers, Rocco and his family would like donations sent to the USS Lexington Museum in his honor. Donations can be made by credit card or PayPalChecks can be mailed to the USS Lexington Museum, PO Box 23076, Corpus Christi, TX 78403.

You can find an online obituary here and the event info posted on Facebook