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Special Events

Host your next event at LA’s most unique venue

Special Events

Attend an event, rent the venue, and film aboard Battleship IOWA on the LA Waterfront.

Special Events

Attend an event, rent the venue, and film board Battleship IOWA on the LA Waterfront.

Battleship USS IOWA Museum is a waterfront venue at the Port of Los Angeles (San Pedro – near Long Beach). We’re ready to host you and your guests for your memorable special event, meeting, picnic, party, or outing.

Celebrate on her storied decks, enjoy the quiet shade of the fantail or the awe-inspiring view of the foc’sle, or in more intimate locations, including our verandas, Captain’s Cabin, and stately indoor officers’ spaces.  If you have an idea, we have an option to cover it, including:

    • Special Events
    • Corporate Events & Meetings
    • Weddings & Receptions
    • School Events & Proms
    • Family & Class Reunions
    • Team & Leadership Building
    • Birthdays & Bar Mitzvahs
    • Private & Company Picnics
    • Festivals & Concerts
    • Custom Events
    • Military Ceremonies

Groups of all sizes are easily accommodated onboard or adjacent to the Battleship IOWA. Your guests will long savor the memories and experiences they create with you aboard the Battleship of Presidents. Best of all, your event helps preserve the legacy of the Battleship IOWA and the Surface Navy.

Whatever the occasion, we have the perfect space for your event. Book your event today or inquire for more information.

Contact Us

Pacific Battleship Center
250 South Harbor Blvd
San Pedro, CA 90731
877.446.9261 ext. 724

The Port of Los Angeles

Battleship IOWA is located on the LA Waterfront at the Port of Los Angeles, the Western Hemisphere’s busiest port complex. Moored against the backdrop of the Vincent Thomas Bridge, the ship offers stunning views of the main channel and ships passing throughout the day.

Conveniently situated between Los Angeles and Orange County, IOWA is a perfect venue to ‘wow’ your guests.

  • 7 miles from Long Beach Convention Center
  • 25 miles from Downtown Los Angeles
  • 21 miles from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
  • 30 miles from Disneyland

Battleship IOWA on Google Maps.


In-House Rentals

72″ round tables, cocktail tables, folding chairs, folding chair covers, expanded stage, expanded audio / visual including a LED wall, media multi-box, and more.


Our onboard Vicky’s Cafe provides catering options for small to mid level events including breakfast, lunch, reception, and dinner.  We also have our beer & wine license, allowing us to provide beverage service for your event.

Download the Vicky’s Cafe catering menu.

Battleship IOWA is an exclusive Pepsi property for soft drinks.

VIP Tours

There are many areas of Battleship IOWA not yet open to public tours. Among these are engineering spaces, senior officer’s wardrooms, sick bay and the post office. Special VIP tours can be arranged for your special event guests. Please inform IOWA in advance if you desire a VIP tour.

Exclusive Tour Guides

Bring Battleship IOWA alive for your special event guest by reserving an Exclusive Tour Guide. Many of IOWA’s Tour Guides are US Navy veterans, and their personal insights will create a unique experience for your guests.

Ship’s Store

When Battleship IOWA was an active Navy vessel, this was the spot for sailors to buy official IOWA stationery for letters home, IOWA ball caps, and new dungarees. Today’s IOWA ship store is an exciting source for all things IOWA! You can arrange a gift package for your special guest from among the many affordable sourvenirs stocked in the ship’s store. With advance notice, IOWA will extend the store hours for your evening special event guests.


Filming on the IOWA

Battleship IOWA is perfect for television, movies, news segments, and independent films. The ship has played herself in historic documentaries, a modern ship in TV shows, a submarine in movies, and landing zone for special operations.

There are many decks and compartments that represent from World War II to a modern day warship. The ship has been a submarine, destroyer, cruiser, aircraft carrier, and even a merchant ship. Complete compartments include mess decks, gunnery, engineering spaces, hospital, sleeping areas, combat areas, senior officers’ cabins, helicopter deck, captain’s cabin, bridge, and more.

Call 877-446-9261 ext. 3 or email to schedule a location visit.

Filming Department
877-446-9261 ext. 703



Venue Rental: 877-446-9261 ext. 724

Filming: 877-446-9261 ext. 703


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