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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Paulette F
"Impressive Ship - Good Self-Guided Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2018 NEW
Seeing all of this up-close really was impressive. It was hot - so be prepared with water and sunscreen as you are out on the decks quite a bit. The docents were all very interesting and just meeting and talking with them was a great experience. The announce any active or veteran military guests as they enter the ship - that was a very nice and humbling experience.
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Bridgend, United Kingdom
"Great midday visit with Harbour Cruise"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 12, 2018 NEW
We arrived at approx 11.30 am and were hungry as still feeling the effects of jet lag. We stopped at Pappys first and had Shrimp Po-Boy, Burger, BBQ Chicken and Kids chicken tenders. Food was great approx $50 for the four of us. You even sit on crates to eat which the kids loved. There are toilets outside the tour I would recommend going as we couldn’t find anymore till the end. Also all the drink machines were out of order so please take some water with you. We purchased the USS Iowa and Harbour Cruise tickets which seemed great value at $ 84 We were welcomed on board and the children given a treasure hunt style task. At the end they were rewarded with a free dog tag for their efforts. The kids loved the sheer size of the ship and especially enjoyed the various guns. It was a great way to spend two hours and I would recommend a
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"Bigger, Badder, and Grayer than a herd of ill tempered elephants"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2018 NEW
Full disclosure here, I am a battleship nerd of epic proportions- I have toured every battleship in the United States and have studied the Iowa class extensively. In fact, the only reason I was willing to go to Los Angeles is because they wouldn't tow the ship to Oregon for me. That said, the USS Iowa is an important part of our history and represents the ultimate evolution of a concept that goes back hundreds of years. The engineering involved in bringing a ship like this to life is incredible and needs to be seen to be truly appreciated. While not as fully accessible as the other Iowa class ships since it was the last to be converted into a museum and there are still some navy restrictions on how the ship can be modified, it is the only such vessel on the entire west coast and a must see for anyone who appreciates our military's sacrifices, technology, or fans of pure awesome metal crushing firepower (imagine as many Tim Allen type grunts here as you feel appropriate).
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Andrew K
"Fantastic living museum "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2018 NEW
Visited this battle ship in june with my wife. Was amazing how well kept it is and I loved the tour we did of it. Would advise anyone who Is in Los Angeles to visit, even if they aren't a fan of ships (which I'm not) will love this.
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Linda N
Chandler, Arizona, USA
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2018 NEW
I visit the USS Iowa every time we visit L.A. There is something new to see every time. This is an amazing undertaking.
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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.