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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum Admission
Ranked #13 of 603 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 October 2, 2013

There was more to see than expected at the Iowa. The videos and signs helped explain the workings of the weapons systems aboard the ship. Also the docents were very knowledgeable and friendly and answered our questions completely. This was well worth our time as we were Navy veterans and had questions that most people would not ask but were not disappointed.
I would recommend this attraction to all.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

This was a really cool thing to see while we were visiting in California. It was a really big ship and you got to see how the navy lived on the boat in WWII. There was a lot to explore on the boat and we really enjoyed it.

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Reviewed September 26, 2013

We were a small group who hired a private tour guide for $75.00. We had Joe and Lew and it was fabulous!! I don't think that doing it your own even compares to their stories and knowledge, both being "Navy guys" and had general knowledge that added to their extensive knowledge of the Iowa. Ladies will also enjoy the tour, as many of our group were women. It's a So Cal find! I agree that the stairs are a little difficult, but worth the trouble. Some of us went down backwards as well. It is not however, wheel chair friendly. You must have reasonably good mobility.

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Reviewed September 23, 2013

There is nothing to dislike about the USS Iowa other than it is a little difficult to climb down sharply angled steps but you can always go down backwards which is much easier. There are plenty of people on-board who help explain the ship as well as movies and displays. This is well worth it.

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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Our first time on anything bigger than a frigate. We got there just after opening and it was very quiet which meant we had a ton of time to read and view everything at our own pace.

I boosted my partner up onto one of the main guns for fun. Not sure if we were allowed but it made for a great photo.

There is plenty of info and history on board. Give yourself at least 2-3 hours to get around. They have not yet opened up the engine room or much below deck but they are planning to do so over time.

Thank Daniel R
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