Patriots Point leaders weren't kidding when they said they were going to bring their historic warships "to life."
The latest updated exhibit, the Crew's Galley, now shows how the kitchen operated on the World War II-era aircraft carrier Yorktown with mannequins dressed as crew members preparing fake breakfast foods. Sound has also been added to the exhibit so visitors can hear what meal prep during wartime was like.
"It's one thing to stand where our heroes stood, but now you can actually see what they saw and hear what they heard while waiting in line for their meals," said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. "The enhancement of this exhibit is remarkable - something you have to experience to truly understand what life was like onboard an aircraft carrier during times of war."
The $25,000 project, which took about a year to complete, was funded by Patriots Point and a $12,500 grant from the Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation.
The new Crew's Galley is part of Patriots Point's goal to become an interactive tourist attraction at the edge of Mount Pleasant. In the next year, Patriots Point expects to tackle at least eight new projects to upgrade its exhibits with high-tech features, according to spokesman Chris Hauff.
The biggest project in the works right now is the remake of the Vietnam War exhibit in time for the national commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the war. Phase one of the $400,000 project will include interactive features such as a simulated "firebase" and a redesign of the landscape to create the look and feel of a jungle. It also will add a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to the display.
Hauff said they expect that part of the project to be complete by Veterans Day on Nov. 11.
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