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“Excellent museum and living exhibit”

Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum Admission
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Los Angeles Shore Excursion: Battleship Iowa Museum Admission
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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.)
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Stroller parking
Reviewed December 4, 2013

We had a great tour of the battleship, which only opened last year. We were lucky and went when it was quiet, right at closing time, and got a private guided tour with Doug, who was doing a final 'sweep' of the place. Even on its own, the ship is grand and exudes history and has an imperiousness and grandeur that you can feel from the size of the ship, as well as the massive guns and serious armor.

The ship has great exhibits and a self-guided path through most of the ship (all the important parts are seen) and we were told they're working to improve the tour, adding new areas as they are refurbished, and even adding some helicopters to the helo deck.

This is a great museum for both adults and children alike and well worthy of the 1-2 hour distraction.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

I'm certainly not a military buff, but the USS Iowa is extremely impressive -- as are the men who showed such knowledge and passion when they explained the features and history. Lives have been lost on this ship, and I was humbled at the sacrifices that were made. It is certainly more than a museum, and the docents showed great respect for the ship and the servicemen. A huge history lesson for me! ( Iowa residents are admitted with no charge -- but with opportunities to donate.)

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

If you love Naval history this is a great place to spend the day. The staff here really love what there doing and it shows. I loved the tour and loved all the history of the USS Iowa. There were so many changes from it's launch in 1943 and 1991 when she was retired that I wonder why she ever was retired. wow She was an impressive ship with so much history like the only bath tub in the fleet which was added for President Roosevelt's visit. So much to learn and enjoy....be prepared for a visit full of steps and the ducking of your head if you're over six feet tall..... wear comfortable shoes and sun screen too....

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

It was wonderful visiting the U.S.S. Iowa! We took advantage of having a docent guide to show us around. Most, including ours, are former Navy and really know their stuff. They is much to see and they are still restoring additional areas, once funding and time can be found. Be aware of ladder steps and high thresholds while going through. I would not recommend this for those who have trouble walking. Our only concern was after the 2 1/2 hour guided tour we needed a restroom (only on the shore) and wanted time to explore the wonderful gift shop and see the film. Perhaps the volunteer guides could be a little more aware of the time constraints and be sure to let people have this time at the end. ... They are doing a great job with the Iowa!

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Reviewed November 10, 2013

The ship is in good shape, the volunteers are nice, the information is good.
I didn't enjoy 100% because there is no access to the most interesting areas, like the turrets or the boilers.

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Jonathan W, Guest Relations Manager at Battleship USS Iowa BB-61, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2013

Thanks for your review, we love our ship! We are working very hard to open up more and more of the USS Iowa. Fixing up a battleship is no small fete! Make sure to check our website and Facebook page for more info about new compartments opening up.

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