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We are open for safe in-person tours.

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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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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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USS Iowa’s history began in 1943 and continues through today.



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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.

This week’s update from CEO Jonathan Williams is just a swipe up away in our Weekly Updates highlight! Good stuff. Go check it out! ✅⬆️👍 ...

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Honor our fallen heroes!
Vote for the “San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial.”

Scroll down until you find us and use zip code 90731.

Link in bio.

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Today's the day. Voting is now open for the Buscaino Community Grants. You can vote for the IOWA and honor those San Pedrans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. There's $92K on the line for us to build the timeless "San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial" and we can't do it without your help.

Go to the link in our bio to see the proposal and vote now.

Scroll down the voting page to find "San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial"

Be sure to use "90731" zip code when voting - you are a stakeholder!

#BattleshipIowa #SurfaceNavyMuseum #BuscainoCommunityGrant

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"Happy Mother's Day! Thank you to all the incredible patriotic mothers out there – mothers who have served and mothers who support their children serving our country in all branches of the Armed Forces. And a special shout out to all the mothers on our crew! You can honor your mother this Mother’s Day by signing her up as a Plank Owner of the National Museum of the Surface Navy – it’s free! Link in bio.

#MothersDay #BattleshipIowa #SurfaceNavyMuseum

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Big news! We made it into the community voting phase of the Buscaino Community Grants Program. Starting on Monday, May 10th at 9:00am voting will begin and there’s $92,000 on the line. We can only win it with your vote!

We plan to honor the sacrifices of San Pedrans who lost their lives in service to our country. The “San Pedro Fallen Veterans Memorial” will be built pier side next to the IOWA. All funded by this grant. See the full project proposal and how to vote at the link in our bio.

#BattleshipIowa #SurfaceNavyMuseum #LosAngeles #SanPedro #veterans #militaryservice

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Hull Preservation campaign has reached Week 7! For news about how it’s going so far and to see what this interesting object curator Dave Way is grinning at is, swipe up on this photo in our Behind The Scenes highlight.

You can support our hull preservation campaign by clicking the link in our bio. Share it with your friends, too!

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It's National Tourism Day and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to the thousands of people who visit the IOWA each year! We love getting to know all of our visitors and hearing their unique stories. You can support us virtually as well by going to the link our bio. We're in the middle of our Hull Preservation Campaign to support the refurbishment of the IOWA's magnificent hull. You can also support us by leaving a review on Google, Trip Advisor and Yelp. Let us know in the comments below your favorite part of visiting the "Battleship of Presidents" #BattleshipIowa #TourismDay #NMSN #SurfaceNavyMuseum ...

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Fun fact of the day! In San Pedro on May 5th, 1944 the USS Comfort was commissioned. A unique part of the ship's history that not many people know is that the USS Comfort was the first ever ship manned by both Navy and Army personnel. #USSComfort #SanPedro #Navy #Army #USSIowa #BattleshipIowa ...

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This week’s update from CEO Jonathan Williams. Link in our Weekly Updates highlight! ...

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Sunday fun day! Who else wishes they could’ve been on the 05 for this one? 😃👍 ...

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Ever wanted to get up close and see what Battleship IOWA looks like from the waterline? Here's your chance.

COO Mike Getscher jumped into our small boat to show you exactly what's happening at the wind and water line and why we need to act NOW to arrest the corrosion on the hull.

Link in our Behind The Scenes highlight.

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This week’s STEAM CHALLENGE from our education team is about knot tying. Swipe up on this photo in our Virtual Education highlight and join the fun! ...

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This week our HULL PRESERVATION campaign focuses on one of the more unusual ways in which we support our community. Let's just say... it involves fast boats and robots.

Swipe up on this photo in our Behind the Scenes highlight for details!

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The generosity of our supporters never ceases to amaze us. Our HULL PRESERVATION campaign just got a giant boost. An anonymous donor has stepped up to match funds up to $10,000! Jump in now, get your gift doubled, and help us bust some rust!

To contribute, click the link in our bio.⬆️

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Sea stories are the best, but they're even better when they're told in the spaces where they happened. Check out this replay of our latest live feed, where CIO David Canfield took us on a fun, memory-filled journey through another rarely-seen area of Battleship IOWA: the Forward Auxiliary Machinery Room.

Link in our Behind The Scenes highlight.

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From CIO David Canfield:

"Los Angeles county regulations still prohibit us from having any 'events' on the ship although we ARE open to the public. As such the memorial will, once again, be virtual this year livestreaming simultaneously on Facebook and YouTube.

"There are some people who will be coming and all will be welcome to participate in the ceremony by reading names, ringing the bell and/or sharing some memories.

"It is tough to have to be virtual again this year, but stay strong shipmates. We will always honor and remember our 47."

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Get ready! We’re going live on our YouTube channel (Battleship USS IOWA Museum) from deep inside the ship again this Saturday!

Mark your calendar: April 3 at 3 PM PST. Come hang out with CIO David Canfield in another of the spaces where he worked as a young sailor and hear entertaining stories of life on the battleship. 👍

We’ll be in the compartment pictured above. What is it? Tune in and find out!

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Only a week into our HULL PRESERVATION campaign and already we've had our second match donation! Charles McCarthy has offered to double match a $500 gift! $500 = $1,500

If you're ready to help us with this match, click the link in our bio!

(Photo credit: Stan Sato)

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