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“USS Iowa Battleship”

Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum Admission
Ranked #11 of 612 things to do in Los Angeles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.)
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stroller parking, Activities for young children
Reviewed January 7, 2013

This is a self-guided tour, but the docents were plentiful and extremely knowledgeable!!! What a FANTASTIC time my Dad and I had touring this Ship. Like any other battleship or aircraft carrier, this is not an ADA-friendly location -- many steps and ladders; no elevators or escalators. Very worthwhile to see - if you can make the effort. :-)

Thank scintoshelly
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Maria B, Guest Relations Manager at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

"USS Iowa Battleship". It is wonderful to read about you and your fathers enjoyable tour of Battleship Iowa. You are right about the stairs. For those planning to come please be sure you hydrate tonight for tomorrow, i.e. drink plenty of water prior to your visit. You will not want to miss a single item. Thank you for your support.

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Reviewed January 7, 2013

As you drive up the road to get to the battleship it overwhelms you. It is so big and beautiful in all of its glory. I had a Groupon for this attraction and I'm so glad I did otherwise I might have missed this opportunity. The docents on the boat are really kind and knowledgeable without being patronizing or bored. They really want to share their stories with you and the information about whichever part of the ship they are on. It took us about 2 hours to walk around the whole thing--all is marked on the self guided tour. Be careful though...it is a lot of walking and they have 12 ladders for you to either climb up or climb down and some of them are quite steep. They have a huge giftshop and a really nice short movie to watch towards the end of the tour. You can't take enough pictures, so don't forget your camera!

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Maria B, Guest Relations Manager at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

"Awesome!". I could not have said it better myself. Thank you for this great review and your passionate words for our beloved ship. She truly is "AWESOME!".

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Reviewed January 5, 2013

A visit to this ship has been on our list since July. We finally visited last week and the experience exceeded our expectations.

The ship is still being restored after being mothballed. Alot of work has been completed. My wife and I hardly qualify as military buffs but found the visit extremely interesting and worthwhile. The ship has alot of history. What really makes the difference is the docents on board. In each section these volunteers brought the ship to life. Make sure you stay put and listen to them. They have truly fascinating snippets of information.

It takes about 2 hours to do justice to the ship. Do not miss the museum. One word of warning. If you have difficulty with ladders, you will have a problem. We had no issues but there were quite a few people who clearly had not been out of a chair for a long time.

I highly recommend this attraction and will go back in a year when some of their specialized tours become available.

Thank Ian B
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Maria B, Guest Relations Manager at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Thank you "Great Ship". Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Battleship Iowa. We appreciate your recognition and will share. I was please to read about your satisfaction in the San Pedro Tour Alpha and your understanding that more was to come. You may not have to wait a full year so please check out our calendar of events at pacificbattleship.com.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We had the opportunity to visit the USS IOWA on December 27th. It was Outstanding! As we bordered we felt that we were stepping back into our History. It is hard to put into words the Pride we felt and the Gratitude we have for all who served on this Ship for over 50 years. We would like to salute the Volunteer's, they were Outstanding! The Ship is being restored and I'm sure will be even more impressive in the future. Please consider investing your time and visit the USS IOWA, i know that you will find that it was time well spent.

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Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

The tour is very limited now since it is new but as they open it up then it will be interesting. The gift shop was the most developed.

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Maria B, Guest Relations Manager at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2013

Hello "it will be great". Thank you for visiting. I want to encourage you to keep a very close eye on pacificbattleship.com for our future tours. The San Pedro Tour Alpha is open now and is a one and a half - two hour two introducing you to the Battleship Iowa and her amazing history. As new spaces come online you will want to tour each. There are some incredible spaces aboard, Battleship Iowa.

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