Battleship IOWA will be closed for a special event Monday, Oct. 4 - Wednesday, Oct. 6. We will resume regular hours Thursday, Oct. 7.

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Explore L.A.’s award-winning naval history museum in-person or online.


Open for Tours

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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Learn the History

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



Volunteer to be a member of today’s Battleship USS Iowa crew.


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.

It's "Black Friday." Forget the mall... Come to Battleship IOWA! Stroll our decks, soak in some sunshine and fresh air... and even pick up a few gifts.

Give your loved ones tickets to visit the "Battleship of Presidents or hit up our Ship's Store for truly unique items. (Website link in bio will take you to both.)

#battleshipiowa #surfacenavymuseum #blackfriday2021 #holidayshopping #outdoors

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What's on your menu for Thanksgiving? Here's a sampling of the fare aboard USS IOWA back on her first one.

Your #BattleshipIOWA crew wishes you and your loved ones all the best. Have a safe, blessed holiday!

#surfacenavymuseum #thanksgiving2021 #navalhistory

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What do the items in this photo have to do with our latest museum update? Guess you’re going to have to hit up our Weekly Updates highlight to find out! 😉😁😎

#battleshipiowa surfacenavymuseum #lamuseum #update

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Hit up our Weekly Updates highlight for the latest from CEO Jonathan Williams.

#battleshipiowa #surfacenavymuseum #news #update

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This ship is the Fletcher class destroyer USS WILLIAM D PORTER - also known as the “Willie D.” On November 14, 1943 she fired a LIVE TORPEDO at the then practically new battleship USS IOWA.

What was going on? Did the torpedo hit IOWA? Why was Willie D shooting in the first place? Drop your guesses in the comments...

Or come visit the ship and we’ll tell you... while you stand on the decks where it happened. (Link to purchase tickets online in bio.)

For more info on the Willie D - the “unluckiest ship in the US Navy,” copy/paste this link:

#battleshipiowa #surfacenavymuseum #surfacenavy #history #navalhistory #WWII

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Happy VETERANS DAY from Battleship IOWA! Today we celebrate and honor all those who have served and sacrificed to protect the freedoms we so deeply cherish.

Take a moment today not just to thank veterans, but to find out about them. The interest you show in their personal stories will be far more meaningful than a simple thank you. 💖🙏

And if you’d like to do more, please consider a donation in support of our veterans programming. Link in bio.

#veterans #VeteransDay2021 #battleshipiowa #surfacenavymusuem

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Why is volunteer coordinator extraordinaire SUE SCHMIDT smiling so broadly? Because it's #NationalVolunteerCoordinatorDay!

But wait - there's more! She's also celebrating the ten year anniversary of the day she joined the ship!

If you're aboard today, make sure to stop by and give this hard-working, incredibly dedicated lady some love. She's a big part of the glue that holds this family together and she does it all with grace and humor. We're lucky to have her!

Don't know Sue? Clearly you need to sign up to volunteer with us. Hit up the link tree in our bio for more info.

#battleshipiowa #SurfaceNavyMuseum #volunteer #thankyou

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Change of Command ceremony at Battleship IOWA. Never a dull day at Battleship IOWA. Today we’re hosting a change of command ceremony for Navy Talent Acquisition Group, Pacific. Cool to see the navy all dressed up on the ship.

Looking to host an event in a completely unique environment? Give us a shout. Link to website in bio.

#battleshipiowa #SurfaceNavyMuseum #usnavy

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Battleship IOWA is moored in the heart of the Port of Los Angeles, across from the Evergreen terminal, and we watch shipping traffic move in and out of the harbor daily.

Of late the entire country has become acutely aware of the impact the movements of these goods have on our lives. Imagine what might happen if we didn't have the US Navy and Coast Guard to protect the freedom of the seas.

From its 1775 inception America's surface navy has been charged with ensuring that commerce and travel on the world's waterways remain safe, but the stories of generations of sailors involved in this vital service have gone untold. The National Museum of the Surface Navy aims to preserve the memories of these brave individuals and educate the public on the role they and their ships have played in the fabric of our way of life.

Join us as a Plank Owner today (link in bio) and be a part of the journey from the beginning.

#battleshipiowa #surfacenavymuseum #surfacenavy #usnavy #history #preservation

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10 Year Anniversary - The Tow Out Of Suisun Bay: Mike Getscher Part 1. Today - October 27, 2021 - marks the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of the day we freed Battleship IOWA from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet. You've seen the epic videos and photos. Now, COO Mike Getscher takes you behind the scenes and shares some of the little-known technical details involved in a process those videos make look so easy.

#battleshipiowa #surfacenavymuseum #tenyearanniversary #usnavy #bathymetry

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