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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Red, White & Boom Fireworks Viewing Party

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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


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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.


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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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