A 30-minute drive from the Anaheim Resort brings visitors to the museum housed aboard this historic vessel. A self-guided tour, included in the price of admission, is enhanced with narration from a mobile app that uses historic images and augmented reality technology to tell the maritime past of the USS Iowa. The app allows the public to view areas of the ship closed to the public and as well as hear oral histories from ship veterans from World War II and the Korean War. Children may also enjoy a scavenger hunt adventure onboard the ship, following clues left behind by USS Iowa’s canine mascot Victory.
For an enhanced experience, head up to the flight deck. A fully restored Korean War-era Piasecki HUP-2 helicopter represents the aviation history of the USS Iowa—it’s one of the last remaining aircraft of its kind in the United States. A special ticketed exhibit allows guests to become honorary pilots inside the Navy Flight Theatre, which features six different in-flight simulations.
Two immersive tours are also offered on weekends for an additional fee. The two-hour guided Full Steam Ahead tour recommended for ages 10 and up takes visitors through areas of the ship typically off-limits to the general public, such as the engine room, boiler room, sick bay and Combat Engagement Center. A lengthier, comprehensive Curator’s Tour provides a four-and-a-half-hour VIP experience, including a behind-the-scenes history presentation, access to off-limits decks, a short exclusive film and buffet lunch. Tickets for the tour series are limited, so advance reservations are recommended.
Battleship Iowa Museum is located at 250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731. Tickets and additional information can be found at pacificbattleship.com.