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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Keighley, United Kingdom
"Reminds me of dealing with Airbnb customer services"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2019 NEW
I enjoyed my trip to the Long Beach area and seeing the USS Iowa. Little did I think at the time that this image would represent what it feels like trying to claim a refund for overcharging by Airbnb.
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"USS Iowa trip."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2019 NEW
Very nice place and great for little kids. Fun scavenger hunt for the kids. Cool view and great history too!
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Johnston, Iowa
"Audio Tour Requires an App"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 15, 2019 NEW
It is really tough to not give the USS Iowa Museum an excellent rating just based on the historical significance of this ship. However, after visiting other military ships and museums I feel this museum offers less access than most. They do offer an extended Iowa experience that gives you access to the third deck. Neither the general admission or extended experience offer access to the cannon chambers. Was disappointed that a standard audio tour is not offered. They do have an audio tour but it requires you to download an app. It took us about 2-3 hours to go through the standard tour with young kids.
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New York
"Great museum in need of support"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2019 NEW
The Iowa was the last stop on our LA trip and it was a perfect way to end a great long weekend. Having been on the Missouri when I was in Honolulu, it was good to have a point of comparison between the two. Any visit to one of these ships needs to be preface by stating that these ships are BIG - the size and scale of the Iowa is something that needs to be seen in person to truly appreciate what an undertaking the vessel and ships of its kind are. Another point is that these were designed as complex weapons of war, to be manned by young people in the physical peak of their lives. Accessibility for less hardy guests can be an issue - be sure to call ahead if you're in this category. The Iowa Museum serves history well, both as an active museum chronicling its distinguished service and narrating the periods during which it served. All of the exhibits were informative and the veteran volunteers were overly friendly and full of information. A point or two. The Iowa is privately funded; so elements of the ship are in need of renovation for want of money. Also, the special paid exhibition regarding the Ballard missions wasn't great; after seeing it, I was very surprised that it was it and that they charged extra for it. The Iowa is well worth a few hours when you're in LA. Best of all, it's only 20 minutes away from LAX and has excellent restaurants in proximity so it's a great first stop when you land or an excellent bookend to your sunny California visit. Recommended.
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Stockholm, Sweden
"Great Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 09, 2019 NEW
Visting Iowa battleship was a great experience and well worth visit. Very interesting to visit a great battleship that served to protect the world democarcy and free world. You will visit almost all parts of the ship and it is very well worth to money. Very interesting and nice tour and if you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise you get a discount.
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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.