Take a fascinating tour of a seasoned, battle-tested U.S. Navy warship at the Nauticus maritime museum on the docks of Norfolk. The USS Wisconsin is an Iowa-class battleship, one of the largest ever built, that started her career in the Pacific during WWII, and served in both the Korean War and Operation Desert Storm. Eventually donated to Nauticus to become part of the museum, today visitor can do tours on the decks to see the massive 50-cal gun turrets, and below decks to explore the sailors’ bunks, mess deck, offices and more. Nauticus also has exhibits about the ship’s history, technology and daily lives on the sailors on board.
The USS Wisconsin is located along the Elizabeth River waterfront in downtown Norfolk, that same port she based in during many years of her service. Visitors can take a self guided tour of the ship as part of the admission price to Nauticus, but guided tours cost an additional fee.
Address: 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, USA
Hours: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Open every day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The rest of the year: Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
Admission: Admisson to Nauticus starts at $15.95 for adults