4.5 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
Experience the life of a Navy sailor at the Battleship USS Iowa Museum in Los Angeles. Recognized as the world’s greatest naval battleship, the formidable USS Iowa — once host to three US presidents — now educates visitors of all ages through interactive exhibits. See what life was like during its many years of wartime service, including World War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Knowledgeable guides are on hand to point out highlights including the Admiral’s bridge, main guns, missile decks, mess areas, captain's cabin and crew quarters.

Highlights

  • Admission to the Battleship USS Iowa Museum in Los Angeles
  • Walk through a real battleship that served the US for more than 50 years
  • Explore interactive exhibits and films depicting life on the battleship
  • View the Tomahawk missile decks, the navigation bridge and crew’s living quarters
  • Learn important maritime history from WWII, the Korean War and the Cold War
  • Perfect activity for family members of all ages!

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The entire family will enjoy seeing footage of this proud ship in action and hearing testimonies of the sailors via videos that are placed throughout the tour route. You can even walk the same teak decks as US Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush!

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What You Can Expect

Battleship USS Iowa Museum Admission

Battleship Iowa Museum Admission in Los Angeles

Head to the easily accessible Los Angeles waterfront in San Pedro and use your ticket to tour the Battleship USS Iowa Museum. Designed to stop wars, not start them, the USS Iowa served the US for more than 50 years and was known as the “Battleship of Presidents.” See where Roosevelt stayed and planned WWII strategy in the stately captain's cabin — complete with the only bathtub on a US Navy ship built specifically for a president.

At this family-friendly attraction, discover the evolution of this flagship of the fleet, which boasts a new role today as an interactive classroom. Via film footage and exhibits, you'll see the Battleship USS Iowa as her former crews saw her. Wander the same wooden decks and bridges, and explore the iconic ship’s interior spaces where elite Navy sailors performed their duties during the Korean War and the Cold War.

Witness the battleship's big guns and Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles, see the crew quarters, and learn more about life at sea from onboard tour guides — many of whom are US Navy veterans. Kids can even participate in a fun scavenger hunt to find the ship’s mascot.

Tour this vast ship — the West Coast's only battleship open to the public — at your own pace. You'll find much to educate and entertain the whole family on this mighty vessel.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

a great example of military and technical history. Great work of a lot of volunteers to save it and to get it on display.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour is fun for the whole family! Not only was it educational, but it was also amazing to see history right in front of you. The staff was really nice and professional and my kids had fun searching for the dog "Vicky" throughout the ship. We had a great time!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

A true legendary Battleship with a lot of history to tell. The volunteers on the ship shares bunch of funny stories which is totally unknown before. Very worthy for the trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This was a great way to spend the afternoon. The tour is really informative and brought you to a number of different areas. The Battleship IOWA is known as ' The Battleship of Presidents'. You get to see the President's room which hosted FDR, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. There is a nice walk through exhibit that show From the main deck you get panoramic views of San Pedro harbor and Long Beach.

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2013

This is a true piece of wartime history. I had no idea the importance of this battleship, so am truly grateful to have been able to visit and learn so much about her.

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

seeing the engine room would be nice

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Great, although it would have been better if you could see more of the ship, not least inside one of the turrets.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Great, although it would have been better if you could see more of the ship, not least inside one of the turrets.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Great, although it would have been better if you could see more of the ship, not least inside one of the turrets.

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

Great, although it would have been better if you could see more of the ship, not least inside one of the turrets.

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