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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Las Vegas, Nevada
"Eye opening"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2018 NEW
Staff were very friendly and accomodating. I like self paced tours and never felt the need to rush during my tour.
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"Spring Break 2018 with grand daughter"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2018 NEW
Conspired with my daughter to take my 8 YO grand daughter fishing/Knotts Berry and The Iowa. This was my 2nd visit have boarded once prior while berthed in Richmond. Her maternal grand parents were both Navy. Grandpa Mose did 20 as a Machinist Mate. 17 on the Midway. That is he how he met his wife in Norfolk. She was very impressed with the ship, enjoyed the simulator ride and has worn her USS Iowa beany to San Francisco...brave kid! She is in great shape BUT having the Hornet just 10 miles away I know how the paint tends to peel so I suggest that all Vets regardless being Army, Marines, CG or AF give the old lady a tip for the paint fund. Army 73-82. Next stop for her is The Hornet then Spring break 19 to the Midway.
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TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2018 NEW
Great piece of history for future generations. It shows what Americans can accomplish when challenged.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
"Second time aboard."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2018 NEW
It was very interesting, took a friend. I had been on the ship in Norfolk when it was heading for the straits of Hormuz, my son was a gunner. He is deceased now, and I wanted to see it again. Found his picture in one of the displays, very touching.
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"Well Worth The Trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 17, 2018 NEW
The tour was so informative and educational. The size of the vessel can only be understood by walking through it and experiencing its immensity. It helped me to understand what our military goes through, daily.
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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.