Museum Update 16 December 2021

Remembering Our Forgotten Heroes

Support the National Museum of the Surface Navy and donate in honor of our forgotten sailors who fought for Freedom of the Seas.

Get Ready for an EXCLUSIVE Peek into 2022

On Wednesday, Dec. 22 at 11:00 AM, CEO Jonathan Williams will host a Zoom call for supporters of the National Museum of the Surface Navy at Battleship IOWA. He’ll discuss highlights from 2021, share plans for 2022, and take your questions.

These sessions are always interesting and fun. Sign up and if you’d like, send us your questions now.

Click the button below to reserve your spot now.

National Museum Legislation Passes House

We got incredibly exciting news last week: The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House!

What does that mean? “The National Defense Authorization Act passed the U.S. House last night and includes Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán’s legislation to designate the battleship U.S.S. Iowa Museum as the National Museum of the Surface Navy. Once it becomes law, as expected, this bill will make the Battleship Iowa the first and only museum in the nation dedicated solely to the men and women who have served in the surface forces of the U.S. Navy.”

Thanks to Congresswoman Barragan and all those who helped make this bill a reality. We couldn’t be more thrilled to honor the legacy of the Surface Navy with the new national museum.

To read the full press release, click the button below. To learn more about this one-of-a-kind museum, click here.

The National Museum of the Surface Navy will not only preserve the incredible stories of 246 years of sailors and ships, but it will highlight the ongoing work the US Navy still does daily to protect the freedom of the seas.

How can you be a part of this incredible legacy?

And as a thank you for your donation to the Surface Navy Museum between now and the end of the year, we want to send a gift for your contribution:

  • $25 – Receive a National Museum of the Surface Navy Museum sticker
  • $50 – Receive a National Museum of the Surface Navy challenge coin
  • $250 – Receive a National Museum of the Surface Navy hat
  • $500+ Receive each of the items above

Please be sure to include your mailing address when you donate. Feel free to contact us at with any questions.

This Week, Your Battleship Crew

…had fun hosting the Army Navy game. 

This game is always full of spirit and tradition, and as they say, in this one, everyone wins. We will admit, however, to smiling quite a bit when Navy sung second.

From small indoor spaces with incredible historical significance to large outdoor areas like the fantail, we’ve got unique places for all sorts of events! Book yours today. Email sales manager Catherine Moreno for details and pricing.

Become A Plank Owner Today

Be a part of all the incredible things happening at Battleship IOWA and get in on our transition to become the National Museum of the Surface Navy from the beginning. Register to become a Plank Owner, and at the same time, memorialize your service or a loved one’s.

National Museum of the Surface Navy Plank Owner certificate

As a Plank Owner, you receive special benefits – including perks in our points system (details coming soon), and recognition on our Plank Owner listing.

Sign up today. It’s free!

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