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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Ed E
Los Angeles, United States
"This Is An Exciting Landmark"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 19, 2018 NEW
I love old planes, trains and ships. The Iowa is well maintained and well staffed. It gives you a great idea how out sailors coped with living at sea and being under threat during WW II. It's great weekend stop on your way to San Diego or just to pass the day. Self tours available.
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Elaine P
"This tour was filled with interesting historical tidbits"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2018 NEW
Was fascinated by this tour, having never toured an actual naval ship before. Our guide was well experienced and was able to answer all of our questions. Would definitely do this again in the future
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Hany G
Bakersfield, California
"Nice ship ...little information!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 10, 2018 NEW
We spent a good 2 hours exploring the ship, there are many levels which you have to us a narrow slope stairs " which is not recommended for elderly" I liked president Roosevelt room, it was the highlight of the ship.
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johngY9983BS
"Inspiring Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
Visiting Iowa is a most impressive experience. Unless you just rush through, the tour takes a good two plus hours. The restoration has been terrific largely because the US Navy had recommissioned the ship for service in the 1980's and the material condition of the ship had not deteriorated as one might expect of a ship that old The tour route requires some serious climbing of steep shipboard ladders (stairs for land lubbers). Athletic shoes and loose clothing are highly recommended. People with any physical issues will only be able to tour the main deck but even just that might be worth the visit. As a 20 year navy veteran (carrier pilot), I still found the tour very rewarding and I learned a lot from the historical exhibits throughout the ship's tour. This tour id highly recommended.
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Sheri H
"Enjoyable Family Activity"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2018 NEW
We really enjoyed checking out the USS Iowa. We've been on other battleships and such, and we didn't get access to as many areas on the Iowa as we have had on other ships. But, we enjoyed all the sights. There are LOTS of ladders/stairs, so use caution if you have little ones. My 5-year old son and his cousins had fun going around and completing the dog scavenger hunt. I didn't feel like there was enough signage or descriptions of everything posted to learn very much about the ship on my own, though. There was a volunteer/worker in one area that talked to us for quite a while and we learned so much from him. That was the best part. Worth a stop, though, if you're in the area.
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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.