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Museum Update Nov 24, 2021

Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, the pandemic still on our minds, and a flood of ten-year memories around us, we’re feeling particularly grateful this year.

We have come a long way in the last decade. Recently we’ve been telling the story of our circumstances in 2011 – IOWA… sitting on a dock in Richmond, CA with no power, no water, no crew, little money.

We faced an uphill battle on our hands from the moment we pulled this grand lady out of Suisun Bay. It’s a miracle we’re here at all and with everything that’s happened over the last year and a half, it’s a miracle we’re still here. Neither would have happened without your support.

From our crew to yours, thank you and our best wishes for a


Building the future by celebrating the past

As we near the end of a challenging year, we look ahead to our future as the National Museum of the Surface Navy.

We’re excited for this next chapter. We have a track record for creating extraordinary stories. Remember Lost At Sea? We transformed a berthing area into a state-of-the-art interactive journey through the fascinating world of undersea exploration.

We’re about to do the same thing on a more epic scale: we’re going to tell the tale of 246 years of the United States Surface Navy. From the well-known sagas of figures like John Paul Jones, to your great uncle once removed on your mother’s side, to privateer sloops carrying letters of marque, to today’s littoral combat ships – we want to preserve every story we can.

The Surface Navy is an integral part of the fabric of our society. It protects our way of life to this day. The national museum will stand as a testament to the fortitude and courage of our men and women who go down to the sea in ships and ensure 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

…has been working hard at maintenance. A few current projects include:

  • Dockline replacement
  • Refurbishment of the 03 ABL deck
  • Wooden deck replacement on the 02

These efforts are ongoing. The work is tough, but satisfying. Looking for a way to get involved? Come join the operations team and help keep her ship shape!

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!

Get Ready – Giving Tuesday is Next Week

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Watch your inbox and our socials for your chance to contribute to Battleship IOWA’s Giving Tuesday. 

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