THE BATTLESHIP IOWA MUSEUM

SPECIAL SMALL GROUP BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR

 

 

 

 

The Battleship IOWA Museum debuts our newest tour, Full STEAM Ahead, which allows guests to explore areas not usually available to the general public.  The two-hour tour will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and is limited to 10 guests per tour.

This guided tour will explore many previously inaccessible compartments such as:
·      Engine Room
·      Fire Room (Boilers)
·      Combat Engagement Center
·      Gun Plot Room
·      Broadway
·      Sick Bay
·      Post Office
·      Machine Shop
·      and more...

The tour is $49.95 and includes a ticket for general admission that does not have to be used the same day.  

* Please review tour disclaimer below before booking your tour as this is a very strenuous tour that entails  6 levels of the ship and over 150 stair steps in tight quarters.

ENGINE ROOM

 

The most requested rooms on the IOWA to visit.  The engine rooms are generally the largest physical compartments of the machinery spaces as they house the vessel's prime movers.

FIRE ROOM (BOILER)

 

Also known as the boiler room, the fire room on a ship refers to the spaces on the vessel where water is boiled, generating steam that is then transferred to separate engine rooms.

BROADWAY

 

Acquiring its name from the constant traffic moving people, supplies and ammunition fore and aft, Broadway is the longest, widest passage on IOWA nearly an entire football field in length.

CEC ROOM

 

The Combat Engagement Center, or CEC, is the brains of the ship.  It is where all sensors and radar are monitored to determine surrounding threat levels and where the ship's missile systems are operated.

POST OFFICE

 

Letters and packages from home were a welcome sight. Usually delivered by a destroyer or fuel tanker, all incoming and outgoing mail was sorted via the ship's PO.

SICK BAY

 

The hospital (sick bay) and main surgical theatre on IOWA.  This is where naval servicemen were sent when injured or ill during their time on board.

GUN PLOT ROOM

 

  The gun plot rooms (or battery plots) are the primary locations on the IOWA that relays gun orders to control the ship's 5" and 16" guns via the analog control computers.

MACHINE SHOP

 

IOWA's Machine Shop proudly displays a workbench engraved by servicemen stationed aboard IOWA on Sept. 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay during the Japanese surrender.

VERY IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION

For your safety, please note that this is a physically strenuous tour and is not recommended for those with mobility constraints. Guests must be able to climb several sets of steep, narrow stairs, step over numerous two-foot high obstacles and navigate through tight doorways and low overheads. This tour visits six levels of the ship and climbing over 100 individual stair steps. Guests are encouranged to dress accordingly depending on time of year as temperatures vary from very hot to very cold.

  1. Closed-toe shoes are required (low profile/no heel shoes)
  2. Must be 10 years of age and older 
  3. Must be in good physical health and able to ascend and descend multiple stairs without assistance
  4. Not ADA accessible


A safety briefing will be part of your experience and you must meet these requirements. 

This is an intimate tour and limited to 10 guests per time slot, with 2 time slots available each Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 pm. You can book reservations online or call our ticketing office to check availability. 

Pacific Battleship Center
250 S. Harbor Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90731