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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
Ranked #12 of 593 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.)
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 29 April 2014

The only thing that prevents me from giving this an "excellent" is the fact that I've been to the USS Yorktown in Charleston, where much more of the ship was available to the public. Still, I was able to see a good amount of the USS Iowa. The staff were very friendly and informative, the ship was beautiful, and there were stunning views.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Going aboard this ship allows to experience it first hand. You get to see how seamen lived and were stationed. You are even allowed in bridge.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

When you arrive at the Iowa you are looking at history, The docents greeted you as you came aboard, they told you what laid head on your tour, the first place that you saw was where president Roosevelt, stayed while on this trip to Yalta. Then you continued,on your tour, and saw how the ship was operated, and what each man, was doing thru the battles, they they were in, not only were on the this Battle Ship, but you were also looking at history. The docents really knew every thing about this ship and they were proud to tell its story, they would have taked about her all day given the chance. I am afraid of heights, and the docent that follow our group, help me to over come that problem, which may me enjoy the tour, that much more. My wife not being to much on going on this tour, at the end was saying how much she enjoyed it. This is a great family place to visit. Well worth the price that you had to pay, I would like to return and do it again. Thank you to the docents that were there to tell the story.

Thank popo45
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

A great ship with a lot of history. The docents were very informative and really enjoyed what they were doing. It takes about 2-3 hours to go through the ship if reading the available information or viewing the movies and a little faster if just looking. Be aware that there are steep steps on some of the staircases but most people can manage if they take it easy. Parking is free and is right in front of the ship.

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Reviewed 19 April 2014

The ship is awesome, even if in need of some pretty serious renovation. The staff were incredible. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. TIP: Hit the restrooms before boarding the ship!! With continued reinvestment of proceeds, the exhibit should take shape nicely over the next several years. The immediate area doesn't offer much else to do, so try to combine this trip with a visit to the Aquarium of the Pacific in nearby Long Beach. (Skip the Queen Mary...not impressed!)

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