It has been said by every generation that you learn by doing. Hands-on education is the key-word in today’s university classrooms where the teachers of tomorrow are being trained. And in teaching a course on World War II history and the United States’ island-hopping campaign across the Pacific, or the Battle of the Atlantic where the threat of German U-boats loomed constantly, what better way to apply a hands-on approach than to take a field trip to the USS KIDD, a vessel which actually participated in those events?
Let your students see where a Japanese kamikaze pilot crashed his plane into the ship, the conditions that their grandfathers lived in, and the dangers a U-boat posed to a ship with a hull only three-eighths of an inch thick.
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Includes guided tour of the USS Kidd and self-guided tour of the museum. Time spent shopping should be considered in setting your itinerary so as to avoid running late to your next stop. There are a limited number of guides available to escort groups through a tour of the USS KIDD. Please keep in mind that your guides have been called in specifically for this tour; some are paid staff and some are volunteers. If your group is running behind schedule, please give us advance warning by calling ahead so that we can plan this delay around the arrival of other groups and functions.
Adequate adult supervision is required; at least one (1) adult per every ten (10) children. Greater supervision by adults is needed for younger age groups for matters of safety.
Reservations must be made at least one week (7 days) in advance to guarantee a guided tour and discount rates. Those groups looking for dates in the spring and summer should call ahead as soon as possible in order to determine if the desired time and date are available. In the event of rain, ice, or other inclement weather you may wish to change your reservation to Museum-Only status. This option allows you to tour the museum on your own (self-guided) without the need to worry about slipping hazards on deck or having your group getting caught outdoors in the rain.
Adult (ages 18-59) – $9 per person
Child (ages 2-12; Grades PreK-8) – $5 per person
Teen (ages 13-18; Grades 9-12) – $7 per person
Military (ID required) – $7 per person
Senior (60 and older) – $7 per person
A $50 nonrefundable deposit is required to confirm your tour date. This deposit will go toward the final balance due for the tour. All tours will be considered tentative until the deposit is received. If the deposit is not received by 14 days before the date of the tour, the tour will be cancelled. Thank you for your understanding.
Hours of operation are 9:30am to 3:30pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on weekends. Group tours are staggered throughout the day, so please be prepared with secondary preferences for days and times. The facilities are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. Guided tours are not available on July 4th due to limited staff availability caused by special events held on these days.
Please notify us as soon as possible to cancel an existing reservation. This will allow another group the opportunity to enjoy the ship and the museum. All groups that cancel without prior notification (i.e. no shows) are subject to a charge of $25.00 per tour guide scheduled for that tour.
The age range of your class should be taken into consideration when booking your tour. Younger children (Kindergarten & Pre-School) may have trouble navigating the ladders aboard ship. Main Deck Tours are possible in such cases, as well as Museum-Only Tours. Pre-school children ages 2+ should be included in your numbers for paid admission and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
We are delighted that you have chosen the USS KIDD for your adventure! Please keep in mind that this ship was built in 1942 before modern day safety practices were in effect. The ladders are steep, the decks can be slippery, and a lot of equipment is literally underfoot. In short, everyone needs to be attentive to potential hazards while aboard and observe all of the rules. These rules have been developed over the course of conducting 20 years’ worth of tours and events and take everyone’s safety into consideration. Please distribute these rules to your parents and review with your students before your visit. For your convenience, a printable PDF version of the rules is available at the link below.
Enhance your field trip with our affordable overnight camping option.
Download our Preschool Activity Suggestions for help engaging even your youngest learners.
The USS Kidd Veterans Museum and ship tour make for great lessons in classrooms of all ages. From high schoolers learning about WWII history to elementary students learning about the science of flotation and tides in the Mississippi River, the right hands-on lesson is in reach at the USS Kidd.
To get you started, we’ve prepared a range of resources that introduce students to the ship in the classroom. Prep for your field trip or use these resources even when you can’t make it out to see us. Our virtual ship tour is also great for familiarizing students with what to expect onsite. If you’re looking for a teaching concept you don’t see below, contact our Education Outreach Coordinator and ask! He might already have something in mind or know just how to connect the dots for you.
Find corresponding Lesson Activity Sheets in the section above.
Introduce students to our ship and build excitement with our virtual tour.
Due to maintenance on the gangway visitors will not be able to come aboard on these days. The museum building can still be toured