Visit Los Angeles’ Battleship USS IOWA Museum for a fun family experience at the LA Waterfront. Battleship USS IOWA is a popular Los Angeles museum that provides a glimpse into the past through a unique experience aboard the only battleship museum on the West Coast.
Your adventure highlights life at sea for thousands of sailors over the past 70 years. Because there are numerous exhibits there are lots of opportunities for interaction. You can also follow a clever mascot dog named Victory on a popular scavenger hunt. Known as the Battleship of Presidents, USS IOWA is located at the LA Waterfront. The LA Waterfront is a former home to the US Navy Pacific Fleet and is rich in maritime history.
This famed battleship was ordered on July 1, 1939, commissioned on Feb. 22, 1943, and served our country for almost 50 years. She was designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” because of her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity, and modernization flexibility. Furthermore, these features allowed her to keep pace with technology.
USS IOWA earned nine battle stars for World War II service and two for Korean War service. The ship also was awarded the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Navy Occupation Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Also, the ship was a four-time recipient of the coveted Navy “E” Ribbon.