Battleship Museums

Battleship Tours

The age of the battleship may be gone but battleship museums are alive and well around the country. Taking a tour of a battleship is an experience few will forget. The battleship museums around the United States have fought through wars all across the world from World War 2 all the way to the Persian Gulf. 

Visiting a battleship is unlike any other museum journey. There is so much to see it is near impossible to cover everything in just one visit. Most museums, like the USS New Jersey offer various tours which cover different spaces such as the cannons, engine rooms, bridge, deck, and bunks. The various tours make these museums great for repeat visits. 

Tips 

Dont forget, battleships are inherently tight spaces which may be difficult for some to navigate through. Come prepared to step over and through bulkheads and watch your head!

US Battleship Museums

Mobile, AL

Los Angeles, CA

Battleship USS Iowa

After launching in August of 1942, the USS Iowa got to work right away. One of the first tasks given to the USS Iowa was transporting Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic for an important meeting of Allied leaders in Tehran. She then proceeded to the Pacific theater where she would take part in the battles for Kwajalein, Eniwetok, and the Marshall Islands. She also served as a flagship in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender. The USS Iowa finished the war and continued to also serve in Korea. After serving her country in World War 2, Korea, and throughout the Cold War; the USS Iowa now serves her community. The Iowa has been a museum ship in Los Angeles since ____. Since that time, the Iowa has served as one of the top destinations in the Los Angeles area. Visitors will find the museum is perfect for all ages with both guided and self-guided tours. The museum also offers various other services, be sure to check out their website to learn about hosting an event, field trips, and overnight camping programs.

Fall River, MA

Honolulu, HI

Battleship USS Missouri

The USS Missouri is an Iowa class battleship launched in January of 1944. After serving through World War 2, the Korean War, and Persian Gulf, the Missouri was turned to a museum ship in 1999. The USS Missouri is one of the top destinations in Hawaii. Anchored right next to the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri battleship tour is something visitors won’t forget. Visitors can spend a day viewing pieces of history linked to both the beginning and the end of World War 2. 

The USS Missouri's most notorious claim to fame is its part in World War 2. Visitors can see the exact location where the formal surrender of Japanese forces took place, effectively ending the World War 2 conflict. Guests are encouraged to take a guided tour with a volunteer, tours last approximately 30 to 40 minutes and will pass right through the location of the surrender. If you can’t make it to the actual Missouri, we highly recommend checking out their virtual tour. The virtual tour gives a great idea of the massive size and complexity of this great and famous warship.

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Camden, NJ

La Porte, TX

Norfolk, VA