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Museum Update: August 10, 2023

IOWA Volunteers Are The Best

The heart of Battleship IOWA’s crew is our volunteers. Without them the ship would not be here.

There’s really no way to thank or recognize them enough for all they do or to accurately describe the phenomenal community they create, but we do come up with fun opportunities to honor their service.

One of those fun opportunities is our quarterly bell ringing ceremony. Every volunteer who has reached the 1,000 hour mark of service hours has the chance to ring the ship’s bell to celebrate. Individual names and hour totals are read over the ship’s legacy PA system – the 1MC, then the volunteer gets to make the bell sing. We usually follow it up with refreshments in our volunteer lounge. It’s always inspiring.

Click the photo below to check the latest ceremony.

Seem like your kind of place to be? Come join us!

We’ve always got room for more! Opportunities to help come in all shapes and sizes, and there are jobs in all of our departments. If you’ve got the time, we’ve got the task.

Already a volunteer? Here’s a reminder to mark your calendars for our annual CREW APPRECIATION DINNER is September 9.

Click the button below or email our volunteer manager, Sue Schmidt, for more information and to sign up!


Into professional sports and want a cool place to catch your favorite team in action? Look no further than Battleship IOWA!

Starting September 10th, we’ll be opening the fantail and showing football games on the LED wall all day on Sundays and for Monday night football during the NFL season. If the Dodgers make the playoff, we’re here for it, too!

And that’s not all. We’ll be including other fun activities – like sip and paint opportunities and our Speaker Series – in the mix in the very near future.

Enjoy those balmy summer and early fall evenings at the best outdoor venue on the LA Waterfront!

Keep an eye on this email series, our socials, and our website calendar for details as they become available.


Can you believe it’s already time to head back to school? Seize the opportunity to give your students an educational experience they’ll cherish forever. 

child on educational field trip to Battleship Iowa in San Pedro CA

We’re excited to have your students us aboard the Battleship IOWA for an unforgettable experience that will ignite their curiosity, inspire learning, and create lasting memories.

Plan your visit today and let the journey begin.

Contact us via email at or call us at 877-446-9261 ext 706 to learn more about our tailored programs, special discounts for school groups, and available dates.

There are thousands of local students that we are unable to reach due to financial and/or travel constraints. Interested in supporting STEM education opportunities for students free of charge? Donating to our education department can help make that a reality. 

We thank you for your consideration.

NORMANDY: The Trip of a Lifetime

Always wanted to visit Normandy and see the powerfully moving areas where the Allies landed nearly eight decades ago? How about doing that to mark the 80th anniversary of that pivotal day? Better yet, what if you could support Battleship IOWA at the same time?

If you decide to book this tour, a portion of the proceeds from your reservation will be directed to Battleship IOWA, and help us continue to keep alive the history of this world-altering time.

For more information about this trip, please click the button below.

NOTE: If you prefer not to donate electronically, please mail your check to:
Attention: Development Department, 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

Thank you to our 2021 donors for their generosity and support. Want to know how your donations are making a difference? Check out our ANNUAL REPORT here.

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Join the over 10,000 individuals who have registered as Plank Owners of the National Museum of the Surface Navy. Your donations to the campaign and advocacy of Freedom of the Seas are helping educate, honor, and inspire future generations.

From now until September 30, 2023, use the promo code NMSN23 and get an EXTRA 3 MONTHS added to your membership! Click below to learn more and join.

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