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Nauticus National Maritime Center

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Address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone Number: 757 664 1000
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Educational site that allows visitors to learn about sea with interactive...
Educational site that allows visitors to learn about sea with interactive exhibits and touch pools.
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A bit expensive, but a neat place to visit.

We thought the price to enter was a bit extreme. Yikes. It was a neat place to see though. Only reason for not giving it more than 3 stars is because of the amount of money per... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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82 reviews 82 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We thought the price to enter was a bit extreme. Yikes. It was a neat place to see though. Only reason for not giving it more than 3 stars is because of the amount of money per person.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We had a good time. It's not cheap, but we really loved the Navy exhibit on the second deck. Also very interesting exhibit of the history of maritime (not just navy) presence in Hampton Roads.

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Nottingham
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

interesting Centre. Allow lots of time to read. Included was a choice of film. When we went the eating facility was closed. Luckily there was an open event on the grassed area next door with great food choices. There are some interactive parts. The children ( or adults) can pick up items from the "seabed" using the controls from an... More 

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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It was nice but maybe my expectations were a little too high. The ship is good to see as it brings a lot of history, but for some reason it kind of left me wanting more. Maybe I was unconsciously comparing it to the Missouri. I think kids would love to explore it. There are some tanks inside with some... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Really had fun watching the 3D movie, and taking a tour of the USS Wisconsin....what a huge ship...Great time with my boyfriend, he reminisced about his Navy days as we toured the different areas of the ship. Fun for all ages!!

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Hope Mills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

This center is great, it gives you so much information about where out Navy has been and where it is going. It is great. Museum buffs would love this.

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Greenville, North Carolina, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Visited 12-30-14. Nice, but a little pricey at a cost of nearly $16 to enter. That does include access to USS Wisconsin exterior decks and two lower decks. For full tours the cost was $30 or more. On the plus, lots of attractions including naval history and environmental exhibits. Big gift shop. USS Wisconsin is nice and the docents on... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This museum is a must for families w kids ages 6 and up. There is so much to see 3 to 4 h should be allotted. The exhibit showing submarine life circa 1960’s is riveting and affecting. Then, there is a marine life exhibit w a shark tank and marine wildlife exhibit. There is a v informative/interactive knot tying area... More 

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Natick, Massachusetts, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Best part was rambling around the Wisconsin, which fired the first rounds of the "Shock and Awe" attack at the beginning of the Gulf War. Don't miss the 7 min movie on the way into the ship.

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Bluffton, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Wisconsin battleship is part of this museum, so admission to the museum is admission to the ship and visa versa. Spent most all our time on the ship so we didn't get to see much of the museum, but there was plenty to see. We'd like to come back with our kids.

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