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Nauticus National Maritime Center

1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510
757 664 1000
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Ranked #5 of 30 Attractions in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Educational site that allows visitors to learn about sea with interactive exhibits and touch pools.
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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We were limited on time so only toured the Wisconsin and it is something to see. Only issue was with the directions on the website. We turned left into the museum and ended up having to go right back out and across the street to find parking.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Naval Museum is very interesting and it is free. The tour of the rest of the building and the battleship Wisconsin is $16 but if you have never seen a battleship it is a real deal. The boat tour of Hampton Roads and Norfolk Naval station is well worth the price and the time investment.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
37 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

my teen son and I had a great time visiting the museum, lots to see if you are interested in maritime history from the past to the present should take a good 2 hrs to see the entire museum

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

This battleship is awesome and you'll be able to see parts of her and learn about her enegagements and history. She has been laid up and recommissioned a few times. If you love warshiops then you'll love this place. The rest of the museum was vaguely interesting and part of it when we were there was not working so maybe... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It was all worth it just for the USS Wisconsin tours. 3d movies are included in admission. Otherwise a semi standard museum. They did have a number of touch and play exhibits.

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Sullivan, Indiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Easy to find, 3 levels of museum, plan for all day cause tons to see, read, interactive, and walk from one end of USS Wisconsin to the other. Also plan to take the Victory Rover cruise well worth the money. Want to bring grandkids here. No café open on location gotta try D'egg diner within walking distance from museum.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

My husband and I went here on a date night about a year ago. We haven't been on too many dates in Norfolk and we didn't really know what to do. So we went to Nauticus. It was pretty cool! We learned a lot and enjoyed a lot of the exhibits. The cool touch pond was a nice touch as... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This museum used technology (motion sensing, touch screens, etc.) in a very prudent manner which complimented learning without distracting from it. My kids loved the picking up items with deep sea diving robotic arm and touching the live sharks!

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Baltimore, Maryland
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Informative and educational. We closed the place. If you go off season during the week be forwarned, the cafeteria is closed. Either pack your lunch or the front desk has menus of places that delivers. Jimmy johns is fast and across the street . We found this out of course after we got sandwiches out of the vending machiones

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Hawthorne, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

the place could use a food place, but very neat and well organized. DO not miss the navy museum. fre but donate something!! you can take the harbor cruises from here, they are well done and on nice vessels.

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