Museum Update 24 May 2022

Hull Preservation | Still Time To Meet Our Goal

KTLA Morning News correspondent Gayle Anderson, a long-time friend of the ship, paid us a visit recently. She highlighted May as Military Appreciation Month and touched on our hull preservation campaign. She got some wonderful footage of Engineering Manager Dave Moser welding at the wind and water line.

Click the photo below for her report (it’s the second video on the page) and to see your Battleship IOWA crew hard at work on the hull.

We are extremely grateful for everyone who has donated to the hull preservation campaign. We still need your help to reach our goal of $100,000 by Memorial Day – which is a week away!

To support the project and keep Battleship IOWA afloat and sound for generations to come, please click the button below.

LA Fleet Week 2022 Is Here!

LA Fleet Week opens to the public for a live, in-person event for the first time in two years. We’re back bigger and better than ever.

What can you expect? 

  • Visiting Navy vessels: USS Essex and USS Portland
  • Live entertainment: Friday, May 27 – American Idols Tribute to American Heroes, Saturday, May 28 – Rock & Roll, Sunday, May 29 – Country, Monday, May 30 – Cover & Tribute Bands 
  • Dodgeball tournament with military and first responder teams facing off for the LA Fleet Week crown Saturday, May 28th in the LA Fleet Week Expo footprint
  • Galley Wars presented by FOX Entertainment on the fantail of Battleship IOWA on Sunday, May 29th – this year featuring teams from the Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Army cooking-off for the LA Fleet Week trophy
  • Performances by the First Marine Division Band and Navy Band Southwest – they’ll be around town as well as at the LA Fleet Week footprint. Please see for the full schedule
  • Daily flyovers by aircraft ranging from helicopters to F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets
  • Static displays including no fewer than five helicopters, tanks, military hardware, and more
  • A family fun zone presented by Dave & Buster’s
  • Amazing eats by Vicky’s Doghouse and plenty of food trucks
  • And much more!

For the first time ever, we’ll have a split footprint. The main exhibits, contests, and food will be adjacent to Battleship IOWA in the LA Fleet Week Expo. You’ll be able to catch a shuttle to visit the Essex and Portland in the outer harbor.

Please visit for full details on exhibits, parking, and more.

* No reservations or tickets needed ~ FREE to the public *  We’ll see you here!

And check out all the behind the scenes work and shenanigans that go into putting on LA Fleet Week in our latest podcast! (Click photo above for video.)

STEM Adventure Camp | Still Time To Sign Up!

Want to send your student to summer camp, but are slightly tight on funds? Thanks to The Crail-Johnson Foundation, we have over 100 scholarships available for our STEM Adventure Camp! If you live in the greater LA Harbor area and are classified as a low- to median – income household, you are qualified to apply for a scholarship

We welcome students in 1st through 8th grade to participate in week long camps, Monday – Friday, 9am – 12pm. 

While aboard the ship, summer explorers will be able to investigate different ship compartments and participate in fun STEM activities centered around concepts vital to the successful construction, operation, and maintenance of the ship. Each camper will get a summer camp t-shirt and a daily snack and beverage.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the Google Form application.

To register your child as a paying participant, please complete our Camp Registration form.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Education Manager Tiffany Ellerbeck at 877-446-9261 ext. 749 or email her at

Celebrate LA Fleet Week By Becoming A Plank Owner

As we spend Memorial Day saluting our sea services, armed forces, and those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our nation as members of our military, why not mark the occasion by becoming a Plank Owner for the National Museum of the Surface Navy?

As a Plank Owner, your giving provides recognition and Haze Gray points to be redeemed for ship access, event space reservations, and more. Your name will be listed in the Quarterdeck of Honor, our living donor recognition display that lists your name more prominently as you support over time.


Registering as a Plank Owner entitles you to a free digital certificate. Printed certificates are reserved for Plank Owners who donate $25 or more.  As a Plank Owner, you will receive updates, invitations, and recognition as a museum Plank Owner. It may take up to 10 days for donations to reflect in your listing and upgrade your status.

The Haze Gray points system is in development to be released in 2022. All donations, volunteer hours, and numerated support will be applied to your Haze Gray account retroactively, dating back to Jan. 1, 2020.  If you choose to donate without logging in, we will strive to match your donation up to an existing record.  If we are unable to locate a record, we will create one for your contribution.

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