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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"Climb aboard"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
I’ve been here many times, have taken friends and family who are also history buffs, and everyone loves the USS Iowa. It’s a huge ship that kidscan climb all over and run around, with all sorts of special events - fireworks, flyovers, etc. History from WWII to Korea to Vietnam and the Gulf War - all here. Lots of volunteers who help make it a more interesting visit.
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BobandMargie G
Long Beach, California
"A trip back in history"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
Enjoy a selfguided tour of the First Iowa Class Battleship. See where history was made transporting the President FDR and military command staff across the submarine infested Atlantic to meet with Stalin and Churchill. See the 16" guns, Learn what happened in turret #2 killing gunnery crew. See the Cruise missile armored launch boxes. See the exhibit of Bob Ballard,"Lost At Sea' The man who found the Titanic and finding lost ships and submarines documentations throughout the world. COMING IN THE FUTURE "The National Museum of the Surface Navy" stay tuned
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Edmonton, Canada
"Very cool!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We stayed near the port before our cruise was to set sail the next day & could see the USS Iowa from our hotel so of course we had to go. Very cool to see & move around on, we were able to access much of the ship climbing higher with each circle of the deck. If you like walking with history it’s a definite must.
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Los Angeles, California
"You won't believe how far this Battleship Iowa sailed while it was in service."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
We visited this place on 12/30/2018. Inside the ship, we saw the sailing map of this Battleship Iowa. It is just amazing how far and how many neutical miles (acclumulated) it sailed and for so long. Navigating through the ship for about 2 hours is like reading the history book with real objects, and seeing is believing. Great place to learn about our servicemen and servicewomen's history. Also, it is fun to see the food menu that they actually ate on this ship.
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Midland, Pennsylvania
"USS Iowa"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2019 NEW
My grandson, who is 18, enjoyed the tour of this battleship tremendously. There were steep steps so it was a little difficult to climb up and down them.
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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.