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Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship IOWA Museum
Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship IOWA Museum

Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship IOWA Museum

star-4.5
72 Reviews
250 S Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90731

The Basics

USS Iowa visitors have their choice of several tours: a self-guided tour (just board the vessel and following an easy, well-marked path), a guided kid’s tour, a guided highlights tour, the Full Steam Ahead tour, and the Big Stick Tour, which offers the best behind-the-scenes access, including lunch in the captain’s or admiral’s cabin.

Whichever you choose, you’ll walk in the footsteps of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and President Reagan as you see where daily operations took place, where officers spent their free time, the galley, and the flying bridge. Go below deck to play an interactive combat game in the digital theater, then explore exhibits that reveal more about the ship’s fascinating history. Former military personnel are usually on hand to answer questions.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Long Beach

star-5
USSIowa
Hally_S, Jun 2021
Battleship USS Iowa General Access Pass
Gorgeous day and lovely views. Covid-sparse staff, but plenty of exhibits to get the story of the ship. Thank you for your service!
star-5
Amazing
Susanna_G, Jul 2021
Battleship USS Iowa General Access Pass
Everything was awesome! My 8yr old lived it! I wish I would have bought the ticket with a tour guide.
star-5
Excellent museum
JABull, May 2021
Battleship USS Iowa General Access Pass
Very good talking to the «host» who where present at the various locations. They were very knowledgable and easy to talk to.
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Alfredo
Alfredo_Z, May 2021
Battleship USS Iowa General Access Pass
The tour was great. Just The historical meaning of the BB justify the visit. Also the officers, veterans and army people are so kind and helpful for any request of your side.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is a great site for history buffs, particularly those interested in the Navy, the Korean War, and WWII. It’s also one of the area’s best-rated attractions for kids.

  • Save time and money by purchasing tickets in advance.

  • Because there are several steep steps and narrow passageways, the Pacific Battleship Center is not a good choice for people who are disabled or physically impaired.

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How to Get There

The museum is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles, about 30 miles (48 kilomters) south of downtown Los Angeles. Take I-110 South to exit 1A, then turn onto North Harbor Boulevard. Paid parking is at the lot on 1st Street and Harbor Boulevard.

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When to Get There

This site is open from 10am–5pm daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Weekdays tend to be less busy than weekends; on some days, it’ll feel like you have the entire vessel to yourself. Fleet Week, when there are typically several free events planned, can be an exciting time to visit.

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Oops! Wrong Target

The USS Iowa, escorted by three destroyers—including the William D. Porter, also known as the “Willie Dee”—was carrying President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Nov. 14, 1943. During a routine mock torpedo run, one crew member didn’t remove a crucial priming pin, which launched a torpedo toward the USS Iowa. Thankfully, the Willie Dee crew radioed to the Iowa, and the vessel made a safe, sharp turn to avoid impact.

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