Battleship IOWA Museum - A Family Adventure Through History

We invite you to discover the Battleship of Presidents and the West Coast’s only battleship museum.  A unique experience on board takes you on a memorable family journey through World War IIKorean War, and Cold War; following in footsteps of thousands of sailors that lived on a city at sea.  Visitors tour six decks and numerous exhibits on the Battleship that hosted three U.S. Presidents during her service as a symbol of democracy.  The USS Iowa is located at the L.A. Waterfront, former home to the US Navy Battleship fleet and an area rich in maritime history.

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The Battleship IOWA museum is a melding of science, technology, engineering, and math.  She was built during the early 1940's - a time when drawing boards were the norm and computers as we know them didn’t exist. It is hard to imagine the effort it took to design, build, and bring alive 45,000 tons of steel . A 887 foot long behemoth that was a city at sea for thousands of sailors over three different decades.

Every day the Battleship IOWA crew showcases your historic science museum. A platform, unlike no other, that highlights the achievements of our fellow Americans.  Every day on board the Battleship IOWA museum is a special day for the crew, as we get to show our pride in this amazing piece of world history.

Visitors from all over the world comment on the emotional and memorable journey they experience when coming on board. Women and men alike feel the strong connection to our past and an amazing sense of respect for our service men and women during a museum tour. It is difficult for the crew to truly reflect how special the Battleship IOWA is to us, but it is easy to explain after someone visits.

The crew is excited to show you an amazing piece of American history at the Battleship IOWA museum.

Honoring Veterans at the Battleship Iowa Museum

As many visitors arrive with family members that have served our country, we make it a priority to ensure our veterans have a VIP experience.  When we are aware of a veteran with your party, we will announce their service aboard our PA system and welcome them aboard.  It is very common to see our crew thank veterans for their service while on tour.  Please make sure to let us know when someone in your party is a veteran.  Let's show them how much we care as a community!

Veterans VIP

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Kids (& Adults) Have Fun at the Battleship IOWA Museum

The Battleship IOWA is a hands-on museum with activities for all ages.  The entire family begins there voyage and adventure with an introduction to Vicky the Dog.  As the kids follow Vicky around the ship, the adults enjoy the history and views of an active port.  Battleship IOWA is moored at the busiest port in the United States and provides unprecented views of the movement of cargo, along with 71 years of history on the Battleship IOWA.  

Vicky the Dog is ready to take you on a tour; are you ready for the adventure?

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Fun for the Kids - I Found Vicky!

Vicky is the IOWA's mascot that served on board from 1943 to 1949 (click here to read about Vicky).  Now kids can follow Vicky around the ship with a special scavenger hunt and puzzle designed to make the tour exciting and fun.  When the tour is finished and the puzzles are solved, go to the store and get a special prize for finding Vicky.

Finding Vicky


Adult (12-61): $18    

Seniors (62+): $15   

Military / Retired / Reserve (w/ID): $15    

Youth (6-11): $15      

Kids 5 & under: FREE


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Hours of Operation

  • The USS IOWA is open every day, except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • 1000 to 1700  (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM) with the last ticket sold at 1600 hours (4:00 PM). 

Where is the IOWA & Parking

  • The Battleship IOWA is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the LA Waterfront / Port of Los Angeles.
  • Click here for maps and detailed directions.
  • Visitors to the Battleship IOWA can park in the LA World Cruise Terminal lot adjacent to the ship. The lot is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard and the first hour is free and each additional hour is $2.00 for a maximum of $16 per day.


  • Battleship IOWA is not currently ADA accessible. However, accessibility for disabled guests will be improved over the next year.
  • There are many obstacles on the ship such as uneven decking, high door frames and many sets of stairs that are safety hazards. For that reason, no wheelchairs are allowed aboard the ship and those using canes and walkers should use extra caution.

Child Safety

  • Visiting the Battleship IOWA can be a very rewarding family experience and children are welcomed on board!
  • Children love Victory the dog scavenger hunt and is available at no additional cost at the beginning of your tour.
  • Parents must supervise their children at all times. 
  • Strollers are not allowed on board the IOWA. For small children, the use of a front carrier (Baby Bjorn-type carrier) is suggested. There are several stairs and obstacles on the tour. Children may not be carried up stairs unless they are in a front-facing carrier. If they are not in a carrier and cannot climb the stairs safely on their own, then the child and a guardian must remain on the main deck of the ship. 




Mission Viejo, Calif., May 1, 2015 – SplashPlay, Inc. announced today that Pacific Battleship Center, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, which operates the Battleship USS Iowa as a museum & education platform has become the newest member of SplashPlay’s growing fundraising partnerships. Pacific Battleship Center’s mission is to celebrate the American spirit through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA, to educate the public.

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