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“Something for everyone!”
Review of Nauticus

Ranked #4 of 72 things to do in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Explore the Nautical, Naval And Natural wonders of our world. Open Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Something for everyone!”
Reviewed June 24, 2014

Tour a battleship! Be a spy! Save the world! There really is something for everyone. The kids, or the kid in you can have fun decoding clues that take you all over the USS Wisconsin, a battleship that saw action in WW2, Korea, Vietnam Nam, and the First Gulf War. If you don't want to play spy, you can choose one of three tours (or all three if you're physically fit) and see the battleship from bow to stern, sit in the ward room, see where the sailors slept and their post office where they mailed their letters home. Guides are knowledgeable and friendly, and have a sense of humor!

In addition to the battleship there is a museum that takes you through the history of the Navy, with movies, displays, uniforms and relics.

A word to anyone going: make sure you wear well broken in, comfortable shoes as there is a LOT of walking. I would recommend rubber soles as well as spots could be slick. Bottled water can be purchased on board as well as inside Nauticus for $1 if you don't bring your own. And you're allowed to take pictures unless otherwise waved off.

We saw several people in wheelchairs, but the main deck is the only accessible place for wheelchairs and strollers. Tall men (and women) watch your heads (the one on your shoulders) and yes there are heads on board (bathrooms). The wardroom, heads and parts of the ship are air conditioned, but bring a hat because the main deck is sunny and hot, hot, hot.

Visited June 2014
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
294 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“Fascinating but could be better”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

The Nauticus, Battleship Wisconsin tour is fascinating but this weekend many of the displays in the museum were not working during our visit. Still, all in all it is worth the visit and, if the displays were working, it would have been rated much higher.

Visited June 2014
Thank JimCarroll3
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Norfolk, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful museum, lots of
Movies,lots of exibits,and
Then the battleship Wisconsin
Getting ready for 6 millionth

Visited June 2014
Thank david f
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Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A must see in Norfolk!”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

Visited the Nauticus during a recent visit to Virginia! This is by far one of the best exhibits I have ever been to. I highly recommend taking the time to walk on the USS Wisconsin. They have lots of movies and films that are included in the exhibit and I highly recommend all of them. Worth the money and time!

Visited January 2014
Thank Missy J
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“It gets better every year”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

We usually go to Nauticus when family comes to visit, and my 13 year old boys found even more displays and interesting items. We have always loved the Wisconsin and the interior spaces as well as the film before the ship, and the new exhibit spaces in Nauticus showing life on the battleship really add to the tour. The entire 3rd floor felt like a new place since our visit last year.

Visited June 2014
Thank TravlinATVmom
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