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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61
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Battleship USS Iowa Museum Admission
Ranked #13 of 596 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, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 2 July 2014

This is a must see if you're taking a trip to Los Angeles. The Iowa and Iowa class battleships are true pieces of living history having gone through WWII, Korea, Vietnam (the New Jersey BB-62), and Desert Storm. You really get overwhelmed going through seeing the weaponry, the crew berthing, the bridge, and just what made the ship go.

Definitely a must for anyone who loves history, learning about WWII to Desert Storm, or Naval Warfare enthusiasts.

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Reviewed 2 July 2014

We did the self guided tour and it was very nice. A lot of good info and history. There were many volunteers that were helping along the way if people had any questions. My dad was very helpful at explaining what different things were on the ship as he served 20 years in the Navy. I would recommend this to anyone that likes Navy ships and has a few hours to visit.

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Reviewed 30 June 2014

As an 8th grade history teacher, I organized a field trip for over 100 of my students. It was a great visit! The veterans who led four different small groups were very knowledgable and informative. They fielded all sorts of questions from my students with care and made this truly an educational experience they will remember.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

I liked that we could actually see the ship in one day. We got to sit in the Captain's seat and see what it was like to fire on the enemy. It was really amazing to see how they lived aboard ship.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014

Definitely a unique attraction. It's fun to tour an actual Battleship that had its own place in history. It is basically a floating museum where the main attraction is the structure itself! The tour is self guided, just follow the arrows. Be prepared to climb up and down steep ship steps. Talk to the docents peppered around as they have fun and interesting facts to share! Tour can be as long or as short as you make it. I think we made it through in about an hour or hour and a half. This is an ideal visit for someone who loves anything nautical or military. We had a good time learning the history. Wish more things were labeled on the ship regarding what they were used for. We made up our own assumptions which was entertaining. There sure were a lot of "espresso machines" on that ship! If you are in the South Bay definitely give it a visit!

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