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We are open for safe in-person tours.

Surface Navy Heroes

Diversity, Leadership, and Bravery.

Vicky the Dog

Find our mascot in a fun scavenger hunt online or onboard the ship.

HUP-2 Helicopter

Korean War-era Piasecki HUP Retriever on deck.

Artifact Gallery

Explore some of the items in our artifact gallery.

Battleship of Presidents

USS Iowa has hosted world leaders since 1943.

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In-Person Exhibits

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Online Exhibits


Your safe visit to the Battleship USS Iowa museum is our utmost priority.  We have implemented numerous measures for in-person tours that adhere to Los Angeles County public health guidelines.  A few of the measures include:

  • Limited capacity and physical distancing.
  • Increased disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Hand-sanitizer stations throughout the tour.
  • Face coverings are required for all guests and crew.
  • Non-essential personnel are working remotely.
  • Daily temperature checks for all crew working onboard.
  • Signage promoting social distancing and hand washing.
  • New virtual options to experience the museum.

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Battleship USS Iowa is a community platform leveraged for engaging and impactful programs.  We focus our activities into three primary pillars; education, veterans, and community.  

Support your favorite pillar today by donating or by becoming a volunteer.

The East Coast? Something about submarines? What is CEO Jonathan Williams up to? Hit up our Weekly Updates highlight to find out!

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Continuing with our Freedom of the Seas award honoree highlights... Meet Admiral Michelle Howard - the recipient of our 2021 VADM Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Award for leadership.

From becoming the first African-American woman to command a ship - USS RUSHMORE, to being the first African-American to achieve the two- and three-star ranks, to her promotion to admiral and subsequent appointment as Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Howard's thirty-five year naval career is a stellar example of trailblazing leadership.

Impressed? But wait. There's more! Click on the link in our bio to learn about Michelle Howard and to get tickets to the Freedom of the Seas.

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We're overdue for a game of battleship hide and seek.

If you were hustling around IOWA's labyrinth of decks, where would you bump into this mural? (Lookin’ at you, 1980s crew!)

Think sailor art is cool? Want to see some in person? Take our Gun Tour or Engineering Tour (book on our website; link in bio) to check out some of the spaces where the ‘80s crew showed its creativity.

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More Freedom of the Seas gala news and a round up of the latest around Battleship IOWA. Get your weekly #update here! Link in the Weekly Updates story highlight.

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Our inaugural Freedom of the Seas Awards Dinner is just over a month away - it’ll be held October 23rd. Time to introduce our amazing award recipients.

First up, Freedom of the Seas Award recipient and our keynote speaker, retired Ambassador Robert C. O’Brien.

An accomplished lawyer and experienced diplomat, Ambassador O’Brien served as the 28th U.S. National Security Advisor. In that role he brought a renewed focus to defense and industrial base issues, orchestrated the historic Abraham Accords in the Middle East, brokered economic normalization between Serbia and Kosovo, and achieved increased cooperation with America’s allies across the Indo-Pacific.

Prior to his service in the White House, Ambassador O’Brien worked at the State Department as the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. During his time at State, he coordinated the government’s diplomatic engagements on overseas hostage-related matters and successfully negotiated the return of over twenty hostages and wrongfully detained Americans.

To find out more about the Freedom of the Seas Awards Dinner and reserve your spot today visit the link in our bio. Both table sponsorships and individual tickets are available.

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Kicking off the weekend with some cool news and a special discount. Link with this pic in our Weekly Updates highlight. 😎

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Looks like word about @vickysdoghouse is getting out! @laweekly thinks you should come grab some eats. We couldn't agree more.

Swipe up on this photo in our News highlight for details.

Chill on our fantail with a dog and a drink (or a salad!) and enjoy the best view on the LA Waterfront with your family. Pro tip: ask for the chipotle mayo. We're already addicted.

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When The Navy Calls To Give You A Battleship. Seems appropriate that Labor Day this year coincides with a significant date in our history. We're celebrating TEN YEARS since a whole lot of hard work paid off in a big way: on Sept. 6, 2011 at 11:30 AM, the US Navy awarded Battleship IOWA to Pacific Battleship Center.

To commemorate the occasion, we took CEO Jonathan Williams and COO Mike Getscher to a rarely-seen location deep within the ship for a heartfelt, gratitude-filled, and often humorous trip down memory lane, to share what they thought and felt on a date that changed lives.

As we move into the next phase of Battleship IOWA's journey of service, you can contribute to her story. Become a plank owner for the National Museum of the Surface Navy (it's free!) or donate. Links in bio.

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Wishing everyone a safe and happy Labor Day! #BattleshipIOWA #SurfaceNavyMuseum #LaborDay ...

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@battleshipiowaceo kicks off Labor Day with a tribute to his grandfather and some fun news about good food on our fantail!

Link in Weekly Updates story highlight.

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Battleship USS IOWA Museum: A Special Birthday. Today we commemorate the seventy-sixth anniversary of the signing of the Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay and the official end of World War II... by bringing you an insider's glimpse of that event.

Don Fosberg was a radioman aboard our sister USS MISSOURI that day, and had a hand in history. How? Check out the video to find out. And join us in wishing Don a very happy 95th birthday!

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79 years ago today on August 27th, 1942 the USS IOWA was launched from the New York Navy Yard, 7 months ahead of schedule. Launching just 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day after the keel was laid the "Mighty I" was built at a blistering pace with production especially ramping up after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Learn more about the IOWA's rich history by booking your tour today. Link in bio.

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On this day in 1951, the USS IOWA was commissioned for a second time in San Francisco, California to head overseas to support the land forces in the Korean War. The IOWA and her crew would support troops on the ground with shore bombardments and earn the ship two battle stars. IOWA would remain active for seven years until December 1958, when she was decommissioned for the second time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and stationed in the Atlantic Fleet Reserve.

Commemorate this special day by registering you and your loved ones for FREE as Plank Owners for the National Museum of the Surface Navy. Link in Bio.

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