Battleship USS Iowa Museum in San Pedro, CA

250 S Harbor BlvdSan Pedro, CA 90731
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Visit the West Coast’s only battleship open to the public. This interactive naval museum educates visitors and preserves the spirit of the Battleship Iowa through multiple exhibits, hands-on engagement, and knowledgeable guides. Children can participate in a scavenger hunt throughout the ship as well. Ideal for all ages and conveniently located on the Los Angeles waterfront.

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Visit the Battleship USS Iowa Museum at the  Los Angeles Waterfront for a unique interactive family experience.  

The Battleship IOWA Museum is a Top 10 regional attraction and rated 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 our state of the art interactive tour app. Children can follow our 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. 

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Mike H
Waterloo, Iowa
"Lot's of history with personal stories"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 13, 2020
Lots of history, that was enhanced by the WWII veterans who told their stories and explained what life was like onboard.
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waynefromcali
Yucaipa, California
"USS IOWA MUSEUM IS A GREAT PLACE TO VISIT!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 02, 2020
The USS Battleship Iowa Museum,located at one the busiest seaports in the world-The Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro,California, is a terrific museum and battleship to visit and climb aboard! The Battleship USS Iowa Museum is a maritime museum located at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, United States. Family friendly with all current CDC protocols in place, The USS Iowa fights Covid like it fought all the enemies it faced on the 7 seven seas during its commisioned years! USS Iowa (BB-61) was the lead ship of the last class of U.S. Navy battleships to be built by the United States. The battleship was originally commissioned in 1943 and served during World War II, the Korean War, and through the Cold War. Iowa earned 11 battle stars during her career and hosted three U.S. Presidents, ultimately earning the nicknames Battleship of Presidents and Big Stick. Iowa was awarded to the Pacific Battleship Center on September 6, 2011 for display at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California – home to the United States Battle Fleet from 1919 to 1940. Iowa opened in Los Angeles on July 4, 2012 to a crowd of over 1,500 supporters and veterans at Port of Los Angeles Berth 87. The USS Iowa Museum offers daily tours, group programs, education visits, special events, filming, military ceremonies, and is in the process of starting an overnight program. Daily tours include visits to see the largest guns on a U.S. Navy ship,officers ward room, President Roosevelt's cabin, armored bridge, missile decks, enlisted berthing, mess decks, helicopter deck, and other areas. The ship is located at the Los Angeles World Cruise Center and has over 2,100 parking spaces available. Iowa has played various roles in films and television including NCIS: Los Angeles, American Warships, Bermuda Tentacles, and Dark Rising. Iowa is home to annual American-focused events including the City of Los Angeles Veterans Appreciation,a Memorial Day Celebration, and September 11 remembrance. . . . #pacificfleet #atlanticfleet #portoflosangeles #sanpedro #battleshipussiowa #battleshipussiowamuseum #museums #usnavy #navy #historicallandmarks #waynesalvatti #photografxworldwide #losangelesworldcruisecenter #gonavy #seamen #visitsanpedro #visitlosangeles #visitlongbeach #fourthofjuly #covid #cdc #besafe #behealthy #safetovisit #family #nauticalmuseums
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clairemeech
Leatherhead, United Kingdom
"Excellent ship with lots of history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 18, 2020
Excellent self guided tour of a heavily used ship. We were lucky enough to go on services day so there were lots of extra boats to view as well but even without that it is worth the quite high entry fee. Lots of information and helpful/knowledgeable guides.
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jimbo232020
Spokane Valley, Washington
"Outstanding Museum!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 11, 2020
Outstanding Museum and tour, we really enjoyed our time on the Iowa. Our two tour guides were excellent and funny. Retired MR1 US Navy.
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marionq530
Merrick, New York
"Battleship"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 08, 2020
This ship is full of rich history. Took a self guided tour and learned so much. They are lovingly restoring her to her days of glory. There are men aboard to help you and are friendly and eager to share their stories.
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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 with the last ticket for entry sold at 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. There are many obstacles on the ship including uneven decking, high door frames, and many sets of stairs. Access is permitted for wheelchairs during most sea conditions except when the ship is experiencing unusually high tides. Visitors with wheelchairs, canes, and walkers should be extra careful and may consider staying on the main deck during their visits.

Is this museum ideal for children?
Yes. The Battleship Iowa Museum has multiple interactive exhibits and activities designed with children in mind.

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.

Are strollers allowed on the ship?
Strollers parking is available on board Battleship IOWA Museum, but are not permitted on the majority of the tour route. For small children, the use of a front carrier (Baby Bjorn-type carrier) is suggested.

There are several stairs and obstacles on the tour. Children may not be carried up stairs unless they are in a front-facing carrier. If they are not in a carrier and cannot climb the stairs safely on their own, then the child and a guardian must remain on the main deck of the ship.

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 $16 per day.