It is truly amazing to explore a steel cruiser that was launched over 120 years ago in the 19th century. The Olympia served in the Spanish-American War as well as World War I and the ship has been beautifully preserved by the museum. It is a special treat to be able to see the guns up close and see inside certain rooms and compartments (especially the surgeon’s room, the kitchen and the conning tower - the original term for the battle bridge). The only downside is that I would have loved to explore the engine room and the lower decks.
It was also fascinating to walk inside the submarine Becuna. I have a newfound appreciation for those who serve on submarines after just spending 30 minutes in the cramped quarters.
The indoor museum is also well done but remember to visit the actual vessels which are outside. I would recommend that you budget 2 hours for the trip.
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