The Battleship IOWA was built for active duty naval service and as such corridor space and access from deck to deck as well as the width of doors were minimized to essential crew needs only. For this reason, you will not find original elevators on battleships, just ladders (a nautical term for stairs). You will also notice that the corridors are much narrower than what you would see in an average building space. Being at sea, under the conditions of potential conflict, also meant that many of the doors were either watertight or completely sealable for structural integrity. You will encounter what the sailors refer to as “knee knockers” throughout the ship at doorways and passageways. Knee Knockers are the 6-8” elevated base of the watertight and structural door ways that allow for the doors to be sealed. They got their name from those that forgot they were there and tripped over them landing in most cases on their knees. Today the Knee Knockers and the narrow doorways are an impediment to guests in wheelchairs or those using walkers.
Accessibility to Persons with Disabilities
Visiting the Battleship IOWA can be a very rewarding family experience. Children of all ages are welcome on board. Younger kids love the “Victory the Dog Scavenger Hunt,” and it is available, at no additional cost, at the beginning of your Battleship IOWA Museum experience.
Parents and guardians must supervise children at all times. Running and roughhousing are not permitted while on board. We point this out this is for safety reasons. The Battleship will not be damaged if your child falls on the deck, IOWA was built to withstand enemy gunfire and attacks. However, we do not want your child to suffer the consequences of falling or running into something while on board. Our staff makes the point, ‘Everything on the IOWA was made stronger than any part of your child’s body!’
Stroller parking is available on board the Battleship IOWA Museum. The use of strollers is limited to Main Deck exterior spaces only. For small children, we suggest the use of a front carrier (Baby Bjorn-type carrier). Due to the low overheads (ceilings) around the ships ladders, small children in backpack carriers are subject to hitting their heads as their parents negotiate the stairways which
Designed as a military ship, the Battleship IOWA Museum is a unique, authentic experience in which you traverse the same decks and stairways the sailors did when she was active.
If at any time you would like to exit the tour route, please locate a Battleship IOWA crew member and they will assist.
COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
The safety of Guests and Crew is our utmost priority. We are following public health guidelines and have implemented the following measures for your safety. State and County guidelines for Outdoor Museums can be reviewed by clicking here.
- Limited capacity physical distanced outdoor tours. All indoor spaces and flight simulator will be closed to until further notice.
- For Self-Guided Outdoor Tour Experience, please download our free award winning tour app in the iPhone or Android store in advance. Search for “Battleship IOWA” in your mobile devices store. More details at: https://www.pacificbattleship.com/museum_visit/get-the-award-winning-app/
- For Private Guided Outdoor Tour Experience, guides will not only provide you a memorable experience but will also ensure continued physical distance.
- Increased our disinfecting routine throughout the day (utilizing a electrostatic disinfecting tool) to include frequently touched surfaces, handrails, restrooms, etc.
- Face coverings are required for all Guests and Crew.
- All non-essential crew will continue working remotely.
- Designated signage promoting 6′ of distance and hand washing.
- Deployed hand sanitizer and/or hand washing stations through the venue.
- Mandatory no-access for Guests or Crew that have experienced flu-like symptoms in the prior 72 hours.
- If you are in a high-risk group, we encourage you to remain safe at home.
- By purchasing access pass(s) and/or visiting the property and vessel operated by the Battleship IOWA Museum, on behalf of those attending with my group or utilizing any passes that I acquire have reviewed the Safety Protocols and Guidelines outlined on this page and will strictly adhere to them. Additionally, all individuals entering the property and/or vessel knowingly visit at their own-risk and agree to not visit the premises if any flu-like symptoms have been exhibited in the 72-hour period prior to arrival. Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in removal from the property.
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