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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

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Address: 250 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90731-2830
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10:00 - 17:00
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Celebrate the American Spirit aboard Battleship IOWA - the West Coast's...

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.)

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The tour of the ship was nice. Interesting to see the size of things. However, the real interesting part was the talk given by person who was on active duty during World War II... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The tour of the ship was nice. Interesting to see the size of things. However, the real interesting part was the talk given by person who was on active duty during World War II on the battleship. Also at the end of the tour, the interpretive Center inside the ship was very educational.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Having just visited USS Midway sadly this just didn't compare. They're largely reliant on an app you download to give you information as you move around the boat. That'd be fine but the WIFI was really slow & didn't always work, so we spent big chunks of the tour without having any clue what we were looking at as there's... More 

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Vernon, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Iowa. The volunteers are wonderful and shared their vast knowledge about this ship. It was worth the visit. We bought the combination ticket for the Queen Mary and the Iowa.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We are staying for a few weeks in El Segundo. I did not know about the USS Iowa until I saw a news story on the evening news. We decided to make the hopefully short trip to see it. The traffic worked in our favor, and we had a short trip both to and from the ship. The Iowa is... More 

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Visalia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We attended a fundraiser dinner and tour of the USS Iowa. We needed more time for the tour you could spend all day on the ship the history is unbelievable. Part of the dinner they fired the 5 inch gun Wow it was very cool. You need to put this on you to do list.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The only one of the four great US Navy Battleships on the West Coast. These were the most powerful Battleships the US Navy produced. This one is in great shape, offers a great tour of the operating decks and has a great museum. Great setting in the Port of Los Angeles with plenty of parking

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Restoration work done on this ship seems high quality. We enjoyed our visit and were glad for the few signs and videos that were on board to explain the importance of the ship and some of what we were looking at. We probably would have definitely gotten more out of it if we had been able to download the app... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Experience the life of a sailor on tour-of-duty during world War II, the Korean War and the Cold War. Men are usually more interested than women in the guns, rounds of ammunition and missile decks. From a woman's perspective it is enlightening to see the crew's living quarters, complete with wardrobes, photographs and personal effects. The Captain's cabin actually looked... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Getty Center has a very extensive collection of paintings, statues and an excellent collection of European antiquities, decorative items, furniture, etc. worth to see. With regard to paintings it is not El Prado (Madrid) or Le Louvre or the Vatican museums but it has several interesting paintings of different European schools like: Italian (Tiziano, Carrari, Barbieri, D’Arezzo ); Dutch(Rembrandt,... More 

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State Center, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We toured the USS Iowa the day before our cruise. Very interesting and especially so since we are from Iowa.

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