Battleship USS Iowa Museum in San Pedro, CA

250 S Harbor BlvdSan Pedro, CA 90731
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Overview

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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x3m 2
"History in every detail"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2019 NEW
The ship is beautifully renovated and have such interesting stories to tell. To stand by the very table where the D-day was planned makes history come alive.
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Culture686634
"Walking through a glimpse of the past in the present."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
Great time to walk back into time and see where our Sailors were fighting from and how they quarters looked. I am sure it looked different to them as young men. They served our country well in their work. We are a family of service people covering the four branches and different wars. In the Air Force I had it easy compared to the Sailors on the Iowa. They have my thanks and salute for their service.
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Noemi P
"Great Experience!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
Loved going to see the ship. Great staff they were excellent in every aspect. Left with knowledge for what those who served on that ship had to go through. Hope the experience for others will be able to continue. It’s a must see!!
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"USS IOWA"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
Very interesting piece of second world war naval history. Very enthusiastic, in formative volunteers.
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Alicia1112
"Relaxing moments"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
Well-structured and in-depth. We've been taken by bus to the place. We had enough time to discover the surrounds of the village and the fort.
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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.