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Museum Update 23 September 2022

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Don Francisco’s Coffee is helping us meet our goal of raising $25,000 by the end of 2022 in support of Veterans West, the military and veterans affairs department of Pacific Battleship Center. Click the link below to learn how your donation can result in coffee being delivered to your door for a year.


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 a mysteriously-marked trail, and search off-limits areas as you race against the clock to save the largest battleship in United States history.

Part escape room, part scavenger hunt, Escape The Mothball Fleet is a first-of-its-kind immersive experience that lets you walk in the footsteps of those who rescued the last of the world’s great battleships – USS IOWA.

You have two hours to solve clues and gather enough intel to confirm the ship is ready for tow. If you can’t complete your tasks, IOWA may be doomed to the scrapheap of history.

Click the photo below for a preview

Surprise your favorite date, come with a group of friends, or bring the kids – this one’s fun for everyone.

Hit the Book Now button for details and to purchase tickets.

Citizenship Ceremony

We have been privileged for the last year to work with US Customs and Immigration Services as a site for the swearing in ceremonies for new United States citizens.

We have come to love these days. They’re profoundly moving. We never witness one without looking at our new fellow citizens and wondering about their stories – what shaped their decisions to move to this country and put in the time and effort of negotiating process of becoming naturalized.

Saturday’s ceremony was extra special. It was held on Constitution Day – that incredible document was signed on September 17, 1787 – which is also Citizenship Day.

To add to the excitement, they were sworn in by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejando Mayorkas. Mayorkas took the same oath they did, after having immigrated here from Cuba with his parents and sister.

Halloween At Battleship IOWA

Join the Battleship IOWA crew on Saturday, October 29th from 6pm – 10pm for our second annual Halloween STEMebration! Have a safe and fun experience aboard the ship for FREE while enjoying our candy stations, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) stations, craft stations, spooky reading corner, and carnival games.

Hotel Transylvania 2 will be played on the fantail at 8pm, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. The crowd was larger than expected last year, but never fear! We have made adjustments to the event footprint to make for a smoother transition between activities on the ship. Come have a ghoulishly good time!

This event is open to the community thanks to the support from our generous sponsors.

Scuttlebutt Podcast | Episode 124

The second half of our conversation with Dave Way (Battleship IOWA historian and curator) and Jim Kurrasch centers on “Artifact Number 1” – which is the ship itself. When you have a ship that has served during three different eras, what ethos do you choose when deciding how to preserve it? How do you keep it relevant and interesting to future generations? Find out what we did in the beginning and where we’re going now.

Find it where you get your podcasts or here:

Or click the photo below for the YouTube version.

Freedom of the Seas Awards Dinner

This year’s Freedom of the Seas Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, October 22nd. Interested in attending or becoming a sponsor for the event? Click here.

NOTE: If you prefer not to donate electronically, please mail your check to:

Attention: Development Department, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

Want to know how your donations are making a difference? Check out our ANNUAL REPORT here.

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