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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum Admission
Ranked #12 of 596 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.)
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Had a half day to kill and this filled the bill perfectly. The guides dotted around the ship were very friendly and well informed. The engineering was fantastic and almost larger than life. This is a great piece of American military history and I am very glad it is being preserved. Definitely recommended!

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

We went this past weekend and did the USS Iowa tour. Being it just came to dock last year they are working on expanding their tour of the ship. It is a self guided tour which takes approximately 2 hours to walk thru at a nice pace. Very very steep stairwells to climb. Definitely wear closed toe flat shoes to navigate the stairs. They are working on making it handicap accessible. There are docents all along the various areas to explain the different aspects of the ship. No restrooms on the ship but plenty outside before boarding. There is a very nice gift shop within the ship. Overall, nice tour to take.

1  Thank Lynette51
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

there are two ships on s harbor and the iowa is the restored hero of the obvious day , that is until you hear of the presence of the ss lane victory, a armed transport ship two miles down road and equally, if not more, deserving of your time and energy and appreciation. she is at the end of a nice road that follows the pierline , ends at a dirt lot and appears in much the same shape as the big stick before the folks in norcal put her back together. this is as much an important example of a fighting navy of world war two to the nineties, and now sits nearly forgotten.however,she is a gem to those who go aboard and listen to her history, read her plaques and visits the below deck musuem, where the working engine used in the sand pipers with steve mcqueen. i would for you to see her while you are on the same road, take as much time and ask the iowa museum to pay attention to her and include her, refit and restore her with the same love and care as the big stick. realize these are war ships and you have to go up and down stairs, so this isnt a disabled ship tour per se. its good for anyone who wants to see the navy and history, and feel the love of a navy that is rapidly disappearing. dont miss the lane victory!

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

If you are interested in seeing a battleship this is a good one to see. The tour is not as thorough as we'd hoped for, but the work they have done is amazing. More for men than women (my husband and father loved it), it was still interesting for our whole group. The tour only takes about an hour.

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

See the ship that put into service in 1940 and retired around 1990 and the ship many of Americas presidents stood upon both in good times and the not so good times. Still new to tourists it has a simple self-guided tour with many volunteers some who had served upon her to answer any questions and inform you about the history and pride of this ship. She still has secrets within her which are being uncovered even today. Must see the war room map recently restored and the secrets uncovered under the paint.
Learn about the battles she fought, and the infamous explosion that took some 40 souls. See how life was aboard her and how it was modified so FDR could board her.
It is a piece of American history and it is well worth the price of admission to save this piece of history.
You must be fairly agile and able to climb up and down some steep steps as well as navigate some tight quarters as this is a real ship...the way it sailed when it was in service defending our freedom...
To really see it set aside a couple of hours and be sure to visit the gift shop at the end where you can find many books and other materials relating to it's days in service.

2  Thank GaryG668
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