Battleship USS Iowa Museum in San Pedro, CA

250 S Harbor BlvdSan Pedro, CA 90731
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Experience the West Coast's exclusive public battleship - the Battleship Iowa! Discover history through interactive exhibits, expert guides, and hands-on activities. Kids can enjoy a ship-wide scavenger hunt. Perfect for all ages, conveniently on the Los Angeles waterfront.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our San Pedro Travel Experts
  • The Battleship Iowa Museum is open to people of all ages. Perfect for a family experience.
  • One of the most interesting and unique things about the museum is that it is the only battleship in the world that has hosted three US presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush.
  • Another unique part of the museum is Vicky’s Dog House where Vicky, a stray dog adopted by the crew, lived and became the ship’s mascot.
  • The museum is located at 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA.
  • There is a parking lot next to the museum that charges $2 per hour.


from Battleship Iowa Museum
Battleship USS Iowa served the US proudly in WWII, Korea, 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 museums for families and visitors of all ages.

The Battleship IOWA Museum is included in the top 10 regional attraction and was rated as one of the "Best Cool Exhibits to See with Your Kids" by CBS Los Angeles.

Your self-guided adventure highlights life at sea for thousands of sailors over the past 70 years, while interacting with numerous exhibits through the National Battleship Museum and using their state-of-the-art interactive tour app. Children can follow the clever mascot dog named Victory on a popular scavenger hunt.

Known as the Battleship of Presidents, USS Iowa is located at the former home to the US Navy pacific fleet and an area rich in maritime history.
Create memories and see why Battleship USS Iowa visitors continue to rate them as one of the best museums in Los Angeles.

Battleship Iowa Museum Reviews

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Kelsi J.
Colorado Springs, CO
28 Reviews
"Battleship Iowa"
November 2023
Such a cool experience touring this battleship. I loved the detailed exhibits and the directional arrows all over the ship ensuring you get to explore every nook and cranny. If you're a history buff like me, don't miss this ship!
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Tip: Be sure to snap a photo with Vicky!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Battleship Iowa Museum

What are the hours of operation?

The Battleship Iowa Museum opens daily at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Is the museum accessible?

Because the battleship was built in 1943, the museum is unfortunately not ADA accessible. However, if given advanced notice arrangements can be made for visitors with mobility requirements. If you or anyone in your party require this assistance, please comment in the "Have Special Needs?" section above when booking your reservation.

Is this museum ideal for children?

The Battleship Iowa Museum is open to people of all ages. Perfect for a family experience. However, parents are asked to accompany children at all times. This is for their safety and the safety of others aboard the historic battleship. We ask that children and their parents do not run at any point during the tour or while onboard.

Do I have to pay to park?

Yes. Parking is available adjacent to the battleship by entering at 1st Street and Harbor Boulevard. The first hour is free, each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $20 per day.

Where is the Battleship Iowa Museum located?

The museum is located at 250 S Harbor Blvd San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2830.