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Battleship USS Iowa Museum is Open!

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

EXHIBITS & TOURS

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.

In-Person Experience

In-Person Exhibits

Online Tours & Museum

Online Exhibits

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

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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Donate

Your donations are critical to the survival of the Battleship USS Iowa.  

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Learn the History

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

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Volunteer

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

GET INVOLVED

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 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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Three weeks straight of good news from CEO Jonathan Williams. Swipe up on this photo in our Weekly Updates highlight for details! ...

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We had glorious weather in LA Harbor yesterday. Looks to be equally fantastic today. Come enjoy it by touring Battleship IOWA! We're fully open and ready to share our marvel of engineering and history with you.

While you're in the area, grab a meal at one of San Pedro's wonderful restaurants. Most are open for outdoor and distanced indoor dining. Support two local businesses and make a day of it!
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Our 2021 HULL PRESERVATION campaign kicks off today. We need to raise $200,000 by May 26th. Swipe up on this graphic in our Announcements highlight for details. 👍 ...

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Last Saturday, Battleship IOWA’s grey radio group broadcast using one of her teletype machines. It hadn’t operated since 1990. They’re understandably stoked about it.

Not sure what a teletype is? Swipe up on this photo in our Behind the Scenes highlight and IOWA volunteer and amateur radio enthusiast Gary Lopes will explain it and some of the other gear in our message center.
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Hit our Weekly Updates highlight for more good news from CEO Jonathan Williams and a video from one of our lesser-known volunteer teams. 👍😎 ...

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Swipe up on this photo in our Behind The Scenes highlight for video! ...

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Caught Turret 3’s guns at an interesting angle when we lowered them a couple of weeks ago. 👍😎 ...

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Swipe up on this photo in our Weekly Updates highlight for some great news and a heartfelt tribute to a legend. ...

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Wondering how we managed to pull off a live feed from inside our armored citadel several decks below the waterline? Swipe up on this photo in our Behind The Scenes highlight! ...

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Just another gorgeous day on Battleship IOWA. Have we mentioned we’re open for #outdoortours ? 😉 ...

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That live feed we did from Aft AMR...? Want to know how we made it happen? Stay tuned for a video all about it. In the meantime, here's a little tease and a taste of what that bright yellow i-beam on Broadway is there for.

Video courtesy of #1 IT Minion Troy Vail
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It’s in our Weekly Updates highlight. Go! 👍😀 ...

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