Your Support Makes A Difference!

The Pacific Battleship Center is the award-winning 501(c)3 non-profit that inspires curiosity, connects communities, and enhances understanding of America’s role in maritime peace and prosperity. 

We accomplish this through Battleship IOWA, National Museum of the Surface Navy, LA Fleet Week, and Veterans West programs.

We don’t receive government funding for operations and are supported by donations, volunteers, and tourism related activities.

Learn more about our organization.

Donate / Plank Owner

Support the Battleship Legacy

Your generous gift supports our mission to educate, inspire, and strengthen our Nation’s youth, veterans, and community. Help us continue to preserve the legacy of those who served in the Surface Navy and on the Battleship IOWA, so that they are not forgotten.

Pacific Battleship Center is an award-winning 501c3 non-profit organization that does not receive government funding for operations and is solely supported by donations (cash, in-kind, stock, bequests), volunteers, and tourism related revenue. The Pacific Battleship Center is responsible for the Battleship IOWA and National Museum of the Surface Navy.

Pacific Battleship Center’s 501c3 tax id 26-3934742.


Add Your Name to the Plank Owner Registry

Add your name as a supporter by becoming a Plank Owner of the National Museum of the Surface Navy. Not only will you receive a commemorative certificate, you will also be recognized for your level of support and earn Haze Gray* points that can be redeemed for merchandise, experiences, special events, and more.

Beginning in 2022, you can now connect with your shipmates by registering through Together We Served, linking your military service history and profile.

Pacific Battleship Center’s 501c3 tax id 26-3934742.

Mail Your Donation

Pacific Battleship Center
Attn: Development Department
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA 90731

Donate via Phone

Pacific Battleship Center
Development Department
877-446-9261 ext. 747

Bequests, Distributions, and Transfers

Legacy / Bequest

The National Museum of the Surface Navy and Battleship IOWA Museum serve hundreds of thousands of people annually through education, support for veterans and their families, and building community. Your legacy gift will directly impact our mission those we serve for years to come, and can provide you with tax benefits and even pay you income.

Learn more.

IRA & 401k Distributions

If you’re 70 1/2 or older, you can use the IRA charitable rollover to make a tax-free gift to the Pacific Battleship Center. This law allows you to transfer any amount up to $100,000 directly to a qualified charitable organization without paying income tax on the distribution.

For more info, contact our Development Team at or 877-446-9261 ext. 747.

*Please contact your tax and financial advisor for more details on your eligibility.

Stock & Property Transfer

You can support our programs and services through a stock transfer or donating a vehicle.  Funds from all donations assist in delivering programs in education, veterans, and community throughout the year.

Email to let us know how you want to help!

In-Kind / Volunteer / Artifacts

In-Kind / Pro-Bono

In-kind and pro-bono donations of materials, products, and services allow us to re-allocate funding to other urgent needs around the ship and take our mission further.

Examples of products and services include paint, wood, steel, electrical, computers, IT, office furniture, design services, professional services, fire protection, vehicles, mooring lines, tools, container and storage, food and beverage, garbage cans, HVAC, artifacts, and much more!

Email to let us know how you want to help! 

If you are donating an item or service, you can fill out the paperwork by clicking here.


Volunteers bring the Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles to life and become a part of a family and community.  Volunteers range in age from teenagers to centenarians, are civilians and veterans, and coming from all walks in life.  Learn more today by filling out an application below.

Tasks and jobs available include administrative, operations, security, tour guides, fundraising, and everything in between. Become part of something special, as you help transform the Battleship IOWA into a world-class experience.



Artifacts help us tell the story of the Battleship IOWA and the Surface Navy.  We accept a variety of artifacts, when relevant, that will support in telling the story to the public in the future.  Unfortunately our storage and display space is limited, so we are unable to accept all artifacts or guarantee that the go on display.

Our artifact collection policy requires that only Museum Collection Staff is able to accept items.  A receipt will be issued to you once the items are accepted.  All other artifacts that are left at the ship and not with the collection staff or mailed randomly will be treated as abandoned property.  For more information, contact the Curator’s office at 877-446-9261 ext. 713 or email  Please attach a photo of the item when emailing us.

Sponsorships & Events

Become a Battleship IOWA Museum Los Angeles sponsor and increase your brands exposure to a large audience whether it is at one of our popular events or year round in front of your target audience.  Our messaging reaches almost 50 million people per year when you include social media, email, online and onsite.  We customize each partnership proposal to help you reach your objectives, with opportunities beginning at $2,500.

Learn more about our popular events: Gravely Experience, Memorial Day, LA Fleet Week, Freedom of the Seas Awards, Veterans Day

For more information or a customized proposal, please contact the development team at 877-446-9261 ext. 747 or

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