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


Donate and Support Your Museum

The Pacific Battleship Center continues to transform the role of a museum with innovative programs focused on strengthening the community, inspiring our future leaders, and supporting those who served for the betterment of our nation’s future.  In 2025, the National Museum of the Surface Navy will open aboard Battleship IOWA and propel the impact of our programs nationwide. 
Thank you for your contributions and support!


Battleship IOWA Museum and the future National Museum of the Surface Navy are operated by the Pacific Battleship Center – a 501c3 non-profit organization. The Pacific Battleship Center doesn’t receive government funding for operations and relies on public programs and donations to continue operating and growing. In a short 9 years, the Battleship IOWA has become a top 5 museum in Los Angeles.

Donations can be made online or via check to:
Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA  90731.


Donate by phone:
877-446-9261 ext. 747


Mail your donation to:
Pacific Battleship Center
Attn: Development
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA  90731

Pacific Battleship Center is a non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible according to IRS section 501c3.  Please consult your tax advisor for details.


In late 2021, we will officially transition our traditional membership program to the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA Plank Owner program.  This program is dynamic in nature and designed to reward you for your participation and engagement with our organization.  We no longer offer traditional annual passes, memberships, or renewal of existing memberships; but we believe you will be happy with the changes.  Plank Owner program is “like” a membership program with the following exciting benefits by the end of 2021 (plus more):

  • Register you or your loved ones service history through our exclusive relationship with Together We Served.
  • Receive a special commemorative digital Plank Owner certificate for FREE and a printed one for accumulative donations over $25.
  • Earn points for your donations, volunteerism, referrals, and much more. Redeem these points for merchandise, events, entry, and other special experiences.
  • Recognition on our Quarterdeck of Honor, which will be found on kiosks throughout the museum.



In-kind and pro-bono donations of materials, products, and services are deeply appreciated and have included in the past:

  • Professional services including architectural, accounting, and legal
  • Wood deck materials
  • Paint
  • Tools for maintenance and technology
  • Networking and computer equipment
  • Mooring lines
  • Vehicles
  • Safety and fire protection
  • Signs, banners, and graphics
  • Containers and storage
  • Food and beverage
  • Garbage cans
  • Office furniture and equipment
  • HVAC equipment and repairs
  • Utilities installation and equipment
  • Museum artifacts
  • and much more!

Please send us an email at or call us at 877-446-9261 ext. 747 to discuss your in-kind donation.


Leave a Legacy 

Include Pacific Battleship Center in your estate planning and take comfort in knowing you have provided for yourself, your family, and the museum that you love.  Whether you designate a dollar amount, property, or asset you will ensure that future generations will continue learning about the American spirit, veterans will be able to access important resources, and the community will gain a greater understanding of their freedoms.  By becoming a Legacy Society member, you and your heirs can enjoy lower inheritance tax rates, no capital gains taxes on your bequests, recognition for your gift, and invitations to exclusive events.

To join, download our Declaration of Intent Form and email it to or mail it to Pacific Battleship Center, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA  90731.  Our tax ID number is 26-3934742.

Program Support

Pacific Battleship Center offers programs focused on education, veterans, and community pillars.  Since opening in 2012, we have received generous support from individuals, family foundations, and corporations that has allowed us to service thousands of students, veterans, and low income families annually.  Support has made it possible for us to expand the reach and impact of our programs and have measurable outcomes.

Learn about our education pillar.

Learn about our veterans pillar.

Learn about our community pillar.

Contact our development team at 877-446-9261 ext. 709 or to support a program.

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On October 13, 2025, the National Museum of the Surface Navy will open aboard Battleship IOWA. The campaign is being spearheaded by the Pacific Battleship Center, the 501c3 non-profit organization the Navy licensed the name to. The Pacific Battleship Center team led the efforts to save, refurbish, establish, and grow the Battleship IOWA Museum into a top Los Angeles attraction and the #2 ship museum in the nation.   Your support will make it possible to finally honor the men and women of the Surface Navy and their role in protecting our world’s oceans and freedom.

Learn more about the campaign.

To schedule a meeting to hear about our plans, call us at 877-446-9261 ext. 747 or email



Supporting the Pacific Battleship Center is not only rewarding, but can also give you some great tax benefits for your support.  Additional programs to support our organization include:

Stock Donation

Donate from your IRA

Vehicle Donation

Donor Advised Fund

Contact our development team with questions or to assist with your asset donation.

Phone: 877-446-9261 ext. 747

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers bring the Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles to life. As a volunteer crew member, you enjoy being part of a family and working on a historic Naval ship. Tasks and jobs available include administrative, operations, security, tour guides, fundraising, and everything in between. Become part of something special, as you help transform the Battleship IOWA into a world-class experience.


Interested? Apply to become an individual volunteer crew member.

Have a group? Fill out our group application to begin the process.

Already a volunteer? Login here.







Become a Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles sponsor and increase your brands exposure to a large audience whether it is at one of our popular events or year round in front of your target audience.  Our messaging reaches almost 50 million people per year when you include social media, email, online and onsite.  We customize each partnership proposal to help you reach your objectives, with opportunities beginning at $2,500.

Learn more about our popular events: Gravely Experience, Memorial Day, LA Fleet Week, Freedom of the Seas Awards, Veterans Day

For more information or a customized proposal, please contact the development team at 877-446-9261 ext. 747 or

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