USS Salem CA-139

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Welcome to the USS Salem & United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum

Welcome to the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum located in the former Fore River Shipyard; once one of the nation's largest shipbuilding enterprises, in historic Quincy, Massachusetts. The USNSM is housed aboard the Quincy-built USS Salem; the world's only preserved Heavy Cruiser. The museum welcome visitors for tours on seasonal weekends.



Ordered by the US Navy on 14 June, 1943, USS Salem (CA 139) was laid down on 4 July, 1945 at the Bethlehem Steel Company's Quincy Yard in Quincy, MA and launched on 25 March, 1947. She was commissioned at the Boston Navy Yard on 14 May, 1949.

USS Salem served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic. During her career she served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece.

Admiral Burke and Captain Enzy in 1957

Visit The Ship

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Self Guided Tours

USS Salem is open for self-guided tours seasonally mid-April to mid-November on Saturdays and Sundays with Fridays during July and August. The museum is currently operating solely with volunteers. Volunteers are available to answer questions and the occasional impromptu tour.

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Functions & Guided Group Tours

We offer private guided group tours, discounted rates for large groups, and can include access to function rooms. Please contact to schedule. 


Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday aboard as the Officer of the Day with exclusive use of the Chief Petty Officers Mess Function Room which comfortably seats 22 people around the original table. $200 package includes a guided tour for 14 people. Additional guests can be added for $10 per person. You're welcome to bring your own food aboard. Choice of 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 1:00pm - 3:30 p.m.

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Overnights on the ship

Spend the night aboard the USS Salem with our Overnight Adventure Program! Unfortunately, this program isn't currently operating. We hope to return in the fall of 2023.

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Discover Historic Quincy

Just seven miles south of Boston, the City of Quincy has national historic
treasures virtually unmatched in their authenticity. Visitors are welcome to the birthplaces, summer White House and
final resting place of United States Presidents John and John Quincy Adams. Settled in 1625, Quincy is home to some
of America’s richest, most influential history.