Battleship USS 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 II, Korean 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 USS 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!
Kids (& Adults) Have Fun at the Battleship USS IOWA Museum
We often hear the stories of how the kids are reluctant at first to visit an old historic battleship - until they show up and board. Shortly after arriving the kids get excited when they see the enormous grey ship sitting on the active Los Angeles Waterfront. When the tour begins, the entire family realizes how enjoyable an adventure on the world's greatest warship truly is.
There is a reason we are popular amongst families and named one of the "Best Cool Exhibits to See With Your Kids" by CBS Los Angeles.
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.
Adult (12-61): $18 ONLINE PRICE: $16
Seniors (62+): $15 ONLINE PRICE: $13
Military / Retired / Reserve (w/ID): $15 ONLINE PRICE: $13
Youth (6-11): $15 ONLINE PRICE: $13
Kids 5 & under: FREE
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 charge is $1.00 per hour.
- 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.
- 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.