Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Patriots Point Development Authority (PPDA) Board has approved its fiscal year 2015 budget for the Naval and Maritime Museum which includes additional investments totaling $2.5 million on new exhibits, special projects, marketing and vessel maintenance. The plan is projected to generate $11.6 million in revenue, the most Patriots Point has ever generated in a single year.
The focus of the $12 million plan is to promote and develop several new and exciting museum exhibits and features that will continue to bring history to life. These projects include: The Vietnam Experience (Brown Water Navy Support Base), Apollo 8 Adventure, Yorktown Reception Experience, Yorktown Engine Room Living History Experience, Laffey Combat and Information Center Experience, Laffey Engine Room Experience, and the Yorktown Medical Services Experience.
Over the next year, the PPDA Board will consider long-term opportunities presented for the USS Yorktown’s 350-seat auditorium, including new technologies and more flexible seating for special events.
“We want to continue making the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum the greatest possible value for our visitors,” said Patriots Point Executive Director Mac Burdette. “We also want to invest in the promotion of our wonderful education, museum and camping programs. Our board has a clear and aggressive plan that will create the best naval and maritime museum in the nation. Over the next four years, we will see a complete transformation of our museum using the best available technology.”
In addition to the development of new exhibits, the budget also includes investments that will improve education, increase overnight camping sales and expand the museum’s food service programs. Construction on a new and unique dining facility on board the USS Yorktown is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
The PPDA Board has met their goal of reaching 260,000 annual ticket sales a full year ahead of schedule. The new three-year goal has been set at 300,000 paid visitors a year.