Tours

Museum Tours:

A tour aboard Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles is an adventure aboard a city at sea.  Tour programs available include self-guided deck tours, childrens scavenger hunt, VIP opportunities, and everything in between.  For visitor’s interested in an accessible tour, our main deck, President’s cabin, and our museum space have chair-lifts for access.  A trip aboard the Los Angeles Museum preserving freedom is one to remember!

Highlights Tour
Self-Guided Museum APP Tour

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

You could spend days aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles 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 museum tour offers some of the highlights aboard the ship that has contributed to the Battleship IOWA’s international renown. You will learn about what made the 16 inch guns so impressive, how many commissions the Battleship IOWA embarked upon, what incident almost caused a President’s demise, why the Battleship 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 museum voyage.

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

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Kid’s Tour
Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt

Vicky kids scavenger hunt aboard Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles

Vicky has ten stops where he wants to tell you more about the Battleship IOWA Museum. Find him at these locations to learn more! This museum 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 Museum 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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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Full Steam Ahead Tour
Guided VIP Museum Tour

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

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The “Big Stick” Experience
Guided VIP Museum Tour

Battleship IOWA in mothballs at Suisun Bay
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.

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New Recruits Tour
Self-Guided Mobile APP Tour

Sailors aboard Battleship IOWA during service

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 Los Angeles Museum 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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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The City at Sea
Self-Guided Mobile App Tour

See the City at Sea aboard Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles

Welcome to the Battleship IOWA, sailor! This museum 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 museum 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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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The Iowa’s Weapons
Self-Guided Mobile APP Tour

Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles shows the history of an iconic Naval ship.

One of the most impressive things about the Battleship IOWA Museum is her firepower. Throughout this museum 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 Battleship IOWA so recognizable.

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

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Vicky’s Highlights
Self-Guided Mobile APP Tour

Vicky the dog aboard Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles

Join Vicky the Dog through the magic of augmented reality on this interactive highlights museum tour of the Battleship 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 Museum 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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation.

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Lost at Sea
Museum Exhibit

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

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Legacy of the Navy
Museum Exhibit

Legacy of the Surface Navy aboard Battleship IOWA Museum

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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Naval Gun Accidents
Museum Exhibit

Naval gun incidents aboard ships

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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Pacific War & Peace
Museum Exhibit

Battleship IOWA in Tokyo Bay World War II

Battleship IOWA Museum’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 museum general admission cost
A guide is available at an extra cost with 7 days advance reservation

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Iowa’s Panoramas
Museum Exhibit

Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles engineering space

On board the Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles, 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
Museum Exhibit

Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles HUP Helicopter aviation exhibit and virtual reality

If you’ve ever wanted to fly a vintage helicopter, Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles 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
Museum Exhibit

Art exhibit aboard the Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles

Curated by artist Ben Jackal, Alpha Romeo Tango at Battleship IOWA Los Angeles 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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