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Museum Tours

Experiences & Tours:

Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWIIKorea, and the Cold War.  Today, the historic U.S. Navy ship is an iconic Los Angeles landmark and considered one of the region’s best outdoor museums for families and visitors of all ages.  Follow in the footsteps of sailors and our mischievous mascot Vicky the Dog and experience first hand why she is known as the “Battleship of Presidents”“The Grey Ghost”, and “The Big Stick”.  Add-on a behind-the-scenes guided tour to explore areas off-limits to the public and hear first hand accounts of service, commitment, and bravery.  You and your family will make lasting memories during your visit to the Battleship USS Iowa.

You are able to enjoy the museum with both virtual and in-person tour options.  The in-person options comply with current health department guidelines for Covid-19.

Note: We adhere to Los Angeles County guidelines for outdoor museum safety protocols.

Your visit and/or donation supports educationveterans, and community programs at Battleship USS Iowa Museum – a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Open daily for museum tours from 10am to 4pm.  Overnight programsevent rentals, and filming available daily.

STEP 1: PURCHASE GENERAL ACCESS PASS

STEP 2:  ADD-ON A GUIDED EXPERIENCE

Add-on a special guided tour experience when you purchase your General Access Pass.  Special guided tour experiences give you special behind the scenes access and an in-depth tour with stories of service.

PRIVATE GUIDED
PRESIDENT’S TOUR

Lost at Sea with Dr. Bob Ballard

POPULAR ADD-ON TOUR!

Step into the world famous USS Iowa Captain’s Cabin and hear the stories about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s historic trip across the Atlantic on board the IOWA in 1943. This top secret mission was set-up to transport FDR across the Atlantic to meet with Churchill and Stalin at the Tehran Conference. This fully guided 45 minute experience will delve into FDR’s mission, and will tell the stories of his most trusted advisers and military leaders that accompanied him on that trip. You will hear about a close call involving another escort ship providing protection duties for the IOWA that could have changed the course of WWII. We will describe the modifications to the IOWA that were necessary for FDR’s comfort and mobility while he was on board and actually see the bathtub built for the President that still remains to this day as a visual reminder of his time on board The Battleship IOWA.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR, ADD IT ON TO YOUR GENERAL ACCESS PASS PURCHASE.

 PRIVATE GUIDED
DECK TOUR

Lost at Sea with Dr. Bob Ballard

POPULAR ADD-ON TOUR!

For those that want a more personalized tour experience while visiting the Battleship IOWA, the Guided Deck Tour is for you. This exclusive add-on optional tour requires all members of your group to first purchase the self-guided Outdoor Tour Pass. No other groups or individuals outside of your own family group will be allowed to join you and your assigned guide to maintain the physical distancing protocols currently in place. The Guided Deck Tour takes you deeper into the story of the Battleship IOWA dating back to Her initial active duty days in 1943 all the way up to IOWA’s third decommissioning in October, 1990. You will hear stories of courage and service about those that served on board this iconic ship while being escorted by a member of today’s crew that is dedicated to preserving her for future generations.  Due to the limited number of reserved Guided Deck Tours available each day it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you purchase your reserved tour time prior to your planned arrival date.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR, ADD IT ON TO YOUR GENERAL ACCESS PASS PURCHASE.

PRIVATE GUIDED
GUN TOUR

Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles anchor chains with the gun turrets in the background

AVAILABLE ON THE WEEKENDS ONLY

It’s time to bring out the BIG GUNS! We’ve opened one of our battleship gun turrets for guided behind-the-scenes tours… but this is not all you’ll see.  We’ll take you on an epic behind-the-scenes tour that weaves through levels of the historic Navy ship never before opened to the public, down hatches, up ladders, into the lives of battleship sailors throughout history, and culminates in an awe-inspiring view of the mechanical marvel at the heart of our battleship: the 16 inch guns.

Due to the limited spaces on each tour it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you purchase your ticket prior to your arrival date. These tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable to another date and time.  You must be 10 years of age or older to take this tour.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR, ADD IT ON TO YOUR GENERAL ACCESS PASS PURCHASE.

 

PRIVATE GUIDED
ENGINEERING TOUR

Battleship IOWA Full Steam Ahead tour takes visitors to the engine room.

AVAILABLE ON THE WEEKENDS ONLY

Explore the depths of the iconic warship and see the areas below deck that keep the ship moving!  The Battleship USS Iowa Engineering Guided Tour takes you and your guests behind the scenes to explore the depths of the most innovative warship during WWII.  During your guided tour you will see first hand and hear stories about the engine room, boiler room, hospital, post office, Combat Engagement Center and plot room.  You will walk along passageways that thousands of sailors transited during both peace and wartime service.  Gain exclusive access to areas that have been off-limits to the general public since the ship went into commission in 1943.  Due to the confined spaces along this tour, it is limited in group size and daily availability.

Guests are required to wear closed-toe footwear due to ladders and grated decking. The guest must be able to negotiate the ladders that will take them up and down to these unique spaces on board. This museum tour is not recommended for children under the age of 10 or those with physical conditions that may impair their ability to negotiate the stairs or stand for prolonged periods of times.

TO BOOK THIS TOUR, ADD IT ON TO YOUR GENERAL ACCESS PASS PURCHASE.

EXPERIENCE THE MUSEUM VIRTUALLY

SAFETY PROTOCOLS

The safety of Guests and Crew is our utmost priority.  We are following Los Angeles County public health guidelines and have implemented the following measures for your safety.

  • Limited capacity physical distanced tours.  We reserve the right to close areas that may be difficult to physically distance. 
  • Our mascot Vicky the Dog scavenger hunt is available on our free award winning mobile tour app and on board with a paper card available at the “forward quarterdeck” upon boarding.  Download the free mobile tour app in your iPhone or Android store.
  • For Self-Guided Tour Experience (available during outdoor and indoor museum openings), please download our free award winning tour app in the iPhone or Android.  Search for “Battleship IOWA” in your mobile devices store.  We provide free wi-fi during your tour aboard and it is available in most public areas.  More details at: https://www.pacificbattleship.com/museum_visit/get-the-award-winning-app/
  • For Private Guided Tour Experiences (available during indoor museums openings only), guides will provide you a memorable experience but will also ensure continued physical distance.
  • We have 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 your group or utilizing any passes that you 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.

Please feel free to email us at ticketing@labattleship.com or call 877-446-9261 to purchase tickets via telephone or for any questions you may have.  Thank you!

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