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Innovative Museum Will Usher In The Next Evolution in Museums with an Immersive Experience that Incorporates Creativity and Technology Aboard the Historic Battleship USS IOWA

The National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA, the museum for America’s Surface Navy located aboard the historic Battleship USS IOWA Museum, today announced the selection of Applied Minds, LLC, as designer for the first phase of the innovative museum. Scheduled to open in 2025, the National Museum of the Surface Navy will be designed to raise awareness of the America’s Surface Navy and its past, present, and future roles in maintaining freedom of the seas.


Led by Bran Ferren, formerly of Disney Imagineering, the creative and innovative team from Applied Minds will take the concept of museums to a new level, incorporating the historic Battleship USS IOWA as the platform for a unique, immersive experience. The team will be responsible for designing exhibits and experiences that educate visitors of the Surface Navy’s role in maintaining safe and open sea lanes to ensure that our nation remains strong economically.

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