Tours:

The Battleship IOWA Museum offers many different tours daily, and the chance to explore the ship on your own. Our Self-Guided Tour allows for guests to explore the areas permitted for public access at your own pace, and is fully ADA accessible. Other tours will take you deep inside of the ship, including engine rooms and gun turrets.

The “Big Stick” Experience

Go big and experience the ultimate adventure aboard the battleship of Presidents!  Embark for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour aboard the Battleship IOWA and explore areas unseen by the general public.  Experience what it was like for the team 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 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 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.

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Full Steam Ahead Tour

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

The new two-hour guided 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. The 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: $25.00 members. $49.95 non-members
Duration: 2 hours
Starting location: Main Deck Bow
Guided Tour
Available publicly one Saturday per month
Available as a private tour with seven days advance reservation

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Highlights Tour

You could spend days aboard the IOWA and still not learn everything there is to know. On the other hand there are basic facts and stories about the Battleship that everyone should understand. This tour offers some of the highlights aboard the ship that has contributed to the IOWA’s international renown. You will learn about what made the 16 inch guns so impressive, how many commissions the IOWA embarked upon, what incident almost caused a President’s demise, why the IOWA is one of very few ships to have a bathtub on board and when and where one of the most catastrophic events in U.S. Navy history fell upon the ship. Get ready for an unforgettable voyage.

Duration: 45 Minutes
Starting Location: Main Deck Bow
Self-guided tour app
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available for an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Kid’s Tour

Vicky has ten stops where he wants to tell you more about the Battleship IOWA. Find him at these locations to learn more! This tour is audio only. Want to see Vicky discuss these stops? Check out the Vicky AR stops in the Augmented Reality menu! Don’t know who Vicky is? Check out the Vicky’s Highlights Tour for more information about this seafaring pup!

Duration: 30 minutes
Starting Location: Top of the entrance ramp Main Deck Bow
Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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New Recruits Tour

Listen up, sailor! As a newbie, there are a few things you need to know about life on a battleship. Lucky for you, this tour serves as your ‘new recruit orientation’ and will fill you in on everything you need to know to start your Navy career off right. By the time you reach the end, you’ll be up to speed on everything from the proper way to board a ship to the reason for those funny white hats. Welcome aboard, newbie! With this tour, you’ll be up-to-snuff in no time.

Duration: 45 minutes
Starting location: Main Deck Bow
Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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The City at Sea

Welcome to the U.S.S. Iowa sailor! This tour will teach you about what to expect while on board this top of the line Battleship. Not only will you learn about how to speak in order to fit in with the rest of your crew, but you will hear about your duties, where you will sleep and eat, as well as places to blow off steam on this vessel. By the end of the tour, you should feel comfortable enough to set sail.

Duration: 45 minutes
Starting location: Main Deck Bow
Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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The Iowa’s Weapons

One of the most impressive things about the IOWA is her firepower. Throughout this tour, you will learn the ins and outs of the ship’s weapons’ systems, from its 16-inch, 50-caliber guns to its highly advanced Tomahawk missile system. Let’s start off with one of the massive turrets that make the IOWA so recognizable.

Duration: 30 minutes
Starting location: Main Deck Bow
Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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Vicky’s Highlights

Join Vicky the Dog through the magic of augmented reality on this interactive highlights tour of the U.S.S Iowa! Be on the lookout for signs with Vicky. This tour is perfect for kids!
Don’t know who Vicky is? Check out the Kid’s Tour for more information about this seafaring pup!

Duration: 30 minutes
Starting location: Main Deck Bow
Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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Lost at Sea

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 U.S.S 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: 90 minutes
Starting location: Third deck
Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Legacy of the Navy

Features a series of storyboards, with photos and videos, that traces the evolution of ships. The exhibit begins with the Age of Sail, followed by the Ironclads, Pre-Dreadnoughts 1880s – 1905, and ending with The Dreadnoughts.

Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Naval Gun Accidents

Illustrates the history of naval gun accidents from the Civil War era all the way to Iowa’s gun accident in 1989. The investigation of Iowa’s gun accident is also documented, with photos, videos, and some surviving artifacts.

Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Pacific War & Peace

Iowa’s temporary exhibit space features a traveling exhibit from The Australian National Maritime Museum entitled “Guardians of Sunda Strait – The World War II Loss of the HMAS Perth and USS Houston”. The battle is described with pictures and a video.

Self-guided with App
Available daily and included in general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Iowa’s Panoramas

On board the IOWA, there are stations featuring 360 degree views from 55 locations around Iowa, including many compartments that are off limits to the visiting public. Viewers may explore each compartment using their fingers to rotate and zoom the image.

Available on app only

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Virtual Reality

If you’ve ever wanted to fly a vintage helicopter, Battleship IOWA has a virtual-reality experience that allows visitors to take command of a Korean War-era chopper. “Battleship Flight: A Naval Aviation Experience” gives visitors the experience of what it’s like to fly as well as take off and land twin-rotor Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever.

Available on app

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Alpha Romeo Tango

Curated by artist Ben Jackal, Alpha Romeo Tango will feature some of the premiere artists as well as the work of veterans in art today.

Available daily and included in general admission cost

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