"The New Jersey Naval Museum" New Jersey Off The Beaten Path Tip by mikelisaanna
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The New Jersey Naval Museum is a small, kid-friendly museum located along the Hackensack River in Hackensack, New Jersey. The museum's highlight is its submarine, the USS Ling, which was built during World War II, and is open for tours on weekends. The Ling is well-preserved and is fascinating to walk through. A number of its sections are included on he tour, including the engine room, the torpedo rooms, the mess, the galley, and the crew's sleeping quarters. You definitely get an appreciation for what life was like on a World War II submarine after completing the 45-minute tour.
The museum also has a number of other vessels, including a river patrol boat from the Vietnam war, a German WW II harbor patrol submarine, and a Japanese kamikaze submarine. In addition, the museum has an outdoor display of missiles from various ships and submarines.
Finally, the museum also has an indoor display of ship and submarine models, and items from ships and submarines. The indoor section also has a number of displays about the submarines and ships in World War II, including a list of the submarines that were lost at sea.
We found the staff to be very friendly and informative, and learned a lot from our visit. Some of the tour guides were actually World War II veterans, who were very interesting to speak with.
Unfortunately, the property that the museum currently occupies is potentially up for sale, so the museum may have to move or close. See it while it is still there!
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