Our Story

Our Story:

The Battleship IOWA is the West Coast’s only battleship open to the public.

Operated by the non-profit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the IOWA opened on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum at the L.A. Waterfront. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA. By sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways PBC brings the ship to life by connecting the past with the present and future.

The mission of the Pacific Battleship Center is to celebrate the American spirit through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA, to educate the public on the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots, and to engage our guests in unique and exciting ways that bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.

The Battleship USS Iowa Museum is owned & operated by the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The organization does not endorse or promote any political candidates or advocacy organizations. We provide a community platform to all groups and organizations, regardless of political affiliation. For over 70 years, the USS Iowa has protected America’s freedoms and continues to do so today.


We receive no funding from the City or County of Los Angeles, the State of California, or the federal government. The State of Iowa is instrumental in the preservation of the Battleship Iowa and telling its story and provided $3,000,000 to the startup operation of the Pacific Battleship Center. We rely on admissions, memberships, and donations from corporations and individual donors. Donations and sponsorships go towards the start-up and expansion of a variety of programs including education, museum, tours, and long-term preservation and restoration.

Our Core Values

Quality • Interactivity • Authenticity • Alive • Arrival • Consistency • Comfort • Accessibility • Safety • Spirit

The Battleship IOWA crew comes from a variety of backgrounds including maritime, military, business, attraction, non-profit, technology, hospitality, construction, and other trades.  Through the unique melding of these skills, the crew has become a dynamic and efficient team that works to provide our guests an authentic American experience.  We celebrate the American Spirit daily by bringing the Battleship IOWA alive for guests of all ages to enjoy.  The experience begins with a vision and mission – one that was developed by everyday American patriots.  The IOWA crew looks forward to welcoming you onboard as a guest for the day or a potential new crew member in the future.

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