For the first time in history, the “Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum” staff is now allowing visitors to spend the night aboard the “USS Razorback” submarine.
Brief History of the USS Razorback Submarine
The “USS Razorback” was a highly decorated submarine that was in service with the United States military from April 1944 until August 2001. She saw illustrious tours of duty throughout World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam and the Baltic Sea.
During her tenure she was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered and participated in the “Swordfish Nuclear Test.”
Of her commendations and awards she has received the “Vietnam Service Medal” four times, the “Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation twice and five battle stars for her countless top secret Vietnam battle patrols.
Once decommissioned the “USS Razorback” was added to the exhibits at the “Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum.”
In previous years visitors to the “Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum” were simply allowed to partake of a guided submarine tour. That has now changed with the introduction of a new and unique overnight program.
How to Spend the Night in a Submarine
In order to spend the night on the submarine one must be part of a group and have advance reservations. The minimum amount of people needed to be considered a group is 10.
The maximum amount of people that can spend the night about the submarine at any one given time is 35. Furthermore, the overnight experience is not suggested for children under the age of 5.
Advance reservations must be made at least one week in advance and each overnight guest must complete a waiver of liability and emergency contact form just in case. The forms can be downloaded in advance of one’s trip off the museum’s website.
The cost of an overnight stay on the “USS Razorback” submarine is $30.00 per person and is inclusive of a continental breakfast, personalized behind-the-scenes-tour, and an educational program or an evening movie.
Unlike the regular daytime guided tour, the evening excursion takes guests to areas of the submarine that are not normally open to the public. Guests will spend the night in the bunks within the crew’s quarters.
As dinner is not part of the overnight package, those planning to spend the night would do well to grab a bite to eat before hunkering down for the night. There is a prolific amount of good dining establishments in the downtown area to choose from.
Highlighted Museum Exhibits
Featured exhibits at the “Arkansas inland Maritime Museum” include but are not limited to; the 36 foot tall lighted sculpture known as the “Beacon of Peace and Hope”, the “USS Hoga”, and the “USS Snook Memorial.”
For the uninitiated, the “USS Hoga” was a renowned Wabon class harbor tug that was in service during the attacks on Pearl Harbor and the USS Snook and her crew was lost at sea in May 1954. As her wreckage has yet to be found, the “USS Snook Memorial” serves as a reminder of those that perished while in service.
How to Get There
The “Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum” is located in downtown North Little Rock, Arkansas on 120 Riverfront Drive. It is well marked and easily accessible from most major roads.
Hours of Operation and Admission Fees
The “Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum” is open year round with hours of operation varying by season. During the winter the museum is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am until dusk and on Sundays from 1:00 pm until dusk.
As of 2010 admission is $6.00 per adult and $4.00 per child. The price of admission includes access to both the museum and the “USS Razorback” submarine. Museum tour only tickets can be purchased for $2.00 per person for those that rather not tour the submarine.
Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum
120 Riverfront Park Drive
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Those that would like more information on things to do and see while in North Little Rock, Arkansas should log onto the city’s tourism website.