Fun and Inspiring Events in February

Only nine days left to bid in our SILENT AUCTION!

Our silent auction ends Feb. 28th, but there’s still time to get in your bids in.  And remember, you can bid higher than the retail price because every dollar goes to support the ship we all love.  She’s counting on your bid!

To add to the bidding fun, we’ve added more unique items!

  • Item #130:  Ultimate Work-From-Home Solution
  • Item #128:  Battleship IOWA Teak Deck Picture Frame with photo of ship
  • Item #131:  Comms Tour – get an in-depth look at Battleship IOWA’s communications gear. It still works!


Attention car enthusiasts!

We’ve added a cool bonus to our VIP Tour of a Classic Car Collection. Now, not only does it come with dinner, it includes this retro Sun Classic Car Toolkit which includes a tachometer, inductive timing light and clamp, tune-up manual, and more. Treat yourself and nine friends to classic cars and leave with more than just memories and photos!



Only a week left to get in on the bidding, so get while the getting’s good!

All in-person experiences are Covid-permitting and will be extended as necessary, so don’t worry about the expiration date. You can bid with confidence.

Winners must provide their own transportation to experience locations.


8th Annual Gravely Celebration

Join us one week from today – Friday, Feb. 26th at 12:00pm PST for our annual GRAVELY CELEBRATION! With an engaging host and inspiring speakers, this year’s event promises to be unforgettable!

Spots are limited so RSVP Now.

For further information and details such as speaker bios, click here.


This year marks the 50th anniversary of Samuel Gravely’s promotion to the rank of admiral – the first ever earned by a Black man. Read about this achievement and more about the extraordinary life and career of this remarkable man here.


One more chance to share ideas

To ensure that we reach as much of our community as possible, Battleship IOWA Museum is adding one final meeting to discuss plans for our Freedom of the Seas Park Pavilion.

This meeting will include a Spanish translator and will inform you about the project, answer questions, and get your ideas. It will take place:

Reminder: you can email us anytime with your questions and ideas at

Click here to sign up and attend this meeting.


The proposed park next to Battleship IOWA consists of a 2/3 acre site which will be renovated into a public park with an integral community center. Located on Port of Los Angeles property, the site at Berth 87 is uniquely situated to provide shore side access in one of the busiest harbors in the world.

Key features of the project include the construction of an approximately 5,000 square foot multi-purpose community center, educational exhibits, Veterans Memorial, maritime displays, public art, the renovation of an existing block wall structure into an information kiosk, and approximately 35,000 square feet of landscape and artful hardscape.

The park would be entirely funded by a grant from the State of California Statewide Park Program. It’s a competitive grant opportunity and we’re pulling out all the stops to build the park and community center for our community – one of our three core pillars!


Silent auction not your thing? You can support the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA with a donation. It’s another great way to support our February FUNdraiser and keep this grand lady looking spiffy!

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