Museum Tours:

A tour aboard Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles is an adventure aboard a city at sea.  Whether you are new to Naval ships or an aficionado, you can pick and choose the right tours for you.  As the most accessible Battleship museum, we have numerous areas open including main deck, The Roosevelt Cabin, Lost at Sea, and our 2nd/3rd deck museum and retail spaces for those requiring chair lift accommodation.  Get ready for a memorable experience aboard the West Coast’s Battleship.

Purchase General Access Pass

Our General Access Pass provides Ship Access & Entry to take a self-guided tour of public areas of the ship. Included in this pass is an approximately 120 minute introductory overview self-guided tour aboard the historic Battleship IOWA, Vicky the Dog Scavenger Hunt, a visit to our general museum space with 360 degree panoramas, and shopping in our retail store. All guests to the ship are required to purchase a General Access Pass to tour the ship.

(Ages 12-61)

(Ages 62+)

Military &

(Ages 3-11)
(under 3 free)

Choose Your Add-On Experiences

$10 Add-On Experiences

Most Popular!


Lost at Sea with Dr. Bob Ballard

Presidents Tour

View the Captain’s In Port 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.

Duration: 45 minutes
Starting location: Main deck
Available daily


Lost at Sea with Dr. Bob Ballard

The Explorations of Robert Ballard

Ballard is known the world over for his discovery of the final resting place of RMS Titanic; yet, many vessels that he has rediscovered have been claimed by our oceans, lying undisturbed in “undersea museums.” The Battleship IOWA is proud to highlight this partial retrospective of some of his underwater adventures. A debut for the Battleship IOWA Museum, the showcase may also be the first that highlights Ballard’s oceanic investigations. “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard” was made possible by a generous grant from the Confidence Foundation and sponsored by Dr. Robert Ballard, Port of Los Angeles, Ocean Exploration Trust, and AltaSea.

Duration: 30 to 60 minutes
Starting location: Third deck
Available daily


Lost at Sea with Dr. Bob Ballard

LA Waterfront Harbor Cruise

Join us as we explore the amazing Port of Los Angeles. You will learn history about the port as well as view California Sea Lions playing in the harbor, the world famous Battleship USS Iowa, large cargo and container ships from all over the world, and much more!

Duration: 45 minutes
Starting location: 1150 Nagoya Way, San Pedro (approx. 3 blocks from the ship)
Available daily


Lost at Sea with Dr. Bob Ballard

Flight Simulator / VR Experience

Complete your trip to the Battleship IOWA with a ride on our Flight Motion Simulator located on the wharf near the exit ramp. This high tech exhilarating ride gives guests the opportunity to experience a flight with the US Navy’s Blue Angels team from the point of view as one of their pilots. The screen in front of you is your cockpit view and once strapped into your seat, you will feel all the movements your fighter jet makes during your 6 minute ride.   For those that want a Virtual Reality experience that is directly under their own control, we offer our USS IOWA’s VR Experience. Here you will be seated in front of a computer station and fitted with a headset and other hardware that allows you to control your movements within a Virtual Reality game environment. Your Virtual Reality experience will last a minimum of 8 minutes.

Cost:  $8 per ride
Location:  Pierside

$45 Add-On Experiences


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

It’s time to bring out the BIG GUNS! We’ve opened one of our turrets for tours… but the gun’s not all you’ll see.

We’ll take you on an epic behind-the-scenes journey that weaves through levels of the 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.

For details and to book your Gun Tour, click the ticket link below.

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.

Cost: General Access Pass plus $45
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Starting Location: Main Ticket Booth
Available at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays
(Tours for groups of 8 or more and private group options available. Contact our Tour Sales Department at 877-446-9261 ext. 706 or for more details)



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

The Full Steam Ahead tour includes separate tickets for our regular self-guided museum admission tour and the new behind-the-scenes tour of the engineering spaces on board.

The new two-hour guided museum tour of an engine room, boiler room, hospital, post office, Combat Engagement Center and plot room, gives the guest access to areas of the ship that have been off-limits to the public in the past. 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.

Cost: General Access Pass plus $45
Duration: 2 hours
Starting location: Main Ticket Booth
Available at 11:00 AM on Saturdays and Sundays
(Tours for groups of 8 or more and private group options available. Contact our Tour Sales Department at 877-446-9261 ext. 706 or for more details)

The “BIG STICK” VIP Experience & Luncheon

Go big and experience the ultimate adventure aboard the battleship of Presidents and Los Angele’s ship museum!  Embark for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles and explore areas unseen by the general public.  Experience what it was like for the volunteer crew to come aboard the Battleship as some of the first people to see the inside since her de-commissioning in 1990.  View the sailor art, hear the stories from veterans and crew members, experience the fascinating operation of a battleship by viewing the city at sea functions such as the trash room, working shops, engineering spaces, laundry, galleys, post office, offices, miles of piping and electric wires, combat engagement center, anchor windlass, 5″ gun mount, and much more.  Have lunch in the Captain’s or Admiral’s Cabin with special guests that may include members of leadership, former and current crewmembers, and veterans.  This tour is a unique, once in a lifetime museum adventure unlike no other.  An assigned crew member will reach out to you prior to your arrival to discuss details and your interests to plan your personalized experience! Additional Details:  This museum tour traverses numerous decks, steep stairways, and may take up to 5 hours.  Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.  Price includes lunch with a special ship history presentation, parking, and a commemorative  “Big-Stick” hat for each of the guests.  Limited availability requires 10 days advance non-refundable booking or reservation.  Some portion of the fee may be considered a tax-deductible contribution to the Pacific Battleship Center (a 501c3 non-profit), please check with your tax advisor for advice.
Cost: $2,500 minimum for up to 6 people.  Call 877-446-9261 ext. 706 to add additional people.  No discount provided for less people.