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Escape The Mothball Fleet

Explore rarely-exposed areas of a World War II battleship as you gather the intel needed to…

Escape The Mothball Fleet

Get ready for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime adventure that blends elements of an escape room and a scavenger hunt to challenge you in a whole new way.

Unravel enigmatic clues, follow mysterious markings, and search off-limits areas as you race against the clock to save the largest battleship in United States history.

This adventure-game was inspired by real-life events. The challenge awaiting you was lived by our team, as they scrambled to meet a shockingly-short window of opportunity. If they had failed, USS IOWA might have been doomed to the scrapheap of history.

Now you have the chance to retrace their steps – exploring a vessel you’ve never been aboard and under pressure to find the answers you need before time runs out.

Your experience starts with a briefing, then you begin your adventure, hunting for clues through the seemingly endless maze of hundreds of ship compartments, companionways, and ladders.  You have two hours to complete your tasks, otherwise IOWA might be lost forever.

Don’t worry. You’ll have members of our trained ship support staff with you, but don’t count on them to help. They’re only along for your safety (and it takes them weeks to learn the ship) – you’ll be navigating on your own.

You and your favorite group of family or friends will remember this experience for a lifetime.



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Due to the confined spaces through which this experience passes, it is limited in group size and availability. Escape The Mothball Fleet will accommodate up to six (6) participants ages sixteen (16) and above. Minors under age eighteen (18) must be accompanied by an adult – one adult for each minor.

Guests are required to wear closed-toed footwear in order to negotiate the ladders (staircases) and grated decking that will take them to unique areas on board. This experience entails a lot of walking and is not recommended for those with physical conditions that may impair their abilities to climb stairs or stand for prolonged periods of time.

The adventure lasts approximately two (2) hours.

Escape The Mothball Fleet is available on Saturdays and Sundays beginning at 12:00 PM and weekdays with at least two weeks’ prior notice.

Tickets are $200 for a group of up to six (6) participants.


1) Purchase General Access Pass in Step 1.
2) After purchase, you will be given the option to add on a special tour. Choose Escape The Mothball Fleet.

Step 1: Purchase General Access Pass

Battleship USS Iowa Museum on the Los Angeles Waterfront

Purchase a General Access Pass and AFTER your purchase, add “Escape the Mothball Fleet.”

Step 2: Add “Escape The Mothball Fleet”

“Escape the Mothball Fleet” is available as an add-on AFTER you purchase the General Access Pass.

Add-ons must be purchased in advance!

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