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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2830
Phone Number: 18774469261
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's...

Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's only Battleship open to the public. Journey through World War II, the Korean War, and the Cold War as you experience the life of a sailor on the lead ship of the last class of gunships. Walk the wood decks to see up close the 16" guns, 5" guns, missile decks, bridge, mess areas, and the world famous Captain's Cabin with the only bathtub installed on a battleship for President - FDR. Our unique interactive tour now allows you to experience, firsthand, what it was like to live and serve on the historic ship. Access original video content to glimpse currently restricted areas such as the inside of our turrets, audio commentary that share rare and fascinating stories, plus augmented reality which recreates events such as the big 16" guns being fired. Located at the LA Waterfront, former home to the US Navy fleet prior to WWII, Battleship IOWA is open 10am - 4pm daily. (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas.)

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I Really enjoyed the USS Iowa!! It's a little out of the way but worth the cab ride. Very helpful staff around to answer questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I Really enjoyed the USS Iowa!! It's a little out of the way but worth the cab ride. Very helpful staff around to answer questions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We went the past Thursday. We love all related to history of war and battles. But either if you don't, this a really nice place to spend the afternoon or morning if you like. The tour is self-guided with an app that no always works very well, but is not so necessary. There are veterans that welcome and may assist... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed visiting this piece of history. It is very well done. This is more interesting than you may expect. There is some important history connected to this ship - including the three presidents who have been on the ship. Be aware that there is a bit of climbing up narrow steps. It took us over 3 hours as... More 

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Gosport, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We didn't have time to visit the ship, but wanted to take some photographs of it. It is in the middle of a heavily industrialised port and you have to negotiate the stream of heavy goods vehicles going to and from the location. If you miss a turning, the next is not necessarily going to get you where you want... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

You'll wonder at the workings of this long-used battleship. As you walk the different levels and hear real-life stories from former servicemen, you can imagine yourself on that ship during WWII and after as it was in service keeping the U.S. safe. Discover the dogs that once lived on-board, search for the beef stew recipe that serves 2300 hungry servicemen,... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed this!! So happy that we made time to see this piece of history. A truly devoted staff. We felt like there was so much history. Everyone that we made contact with was more then helpful.

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Fullerton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our son here for a Saturday morning tour, the volunteers were nice and friendly. Our 4 year old had a lot of fun exploring and learning about the battleship, they have a game for kids to find Vicky the dog through out the tour and at the end they get a prize. I can't wait to go back... More 

Thank Andre2411
Riverside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is fascinating to walk all over this battleship - a "living" museum of a past era, when battleships ruled the seas.

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Plano, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As a Navy Veteran, I was excited to go see the ship. I did not go aboard, I felt the $19 fee to be rather high for a self guided tour. The very least they could do is offer veterans a free/reduced rate.

Thank Becki N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a WONDERFUL experience aboard the Iowa. Everyone we met was kind and generous. It's clear that the people here really care about their ship and it's history. The love and attention they have put into renovating it is apparent everywhere you go. The new museum section is stunning, and I love the interactive touch screens that let you... More 

Thank Cricket M

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