Battleship Wisconsin

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One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA, USA
Battleship Wisconsin - USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) Iowa-class battleship in Norfolk, VA alongside Nauticus.
Battleship Wisconsin - View of Portsmouth as we depart on $1.00 paddlewheel ferry ride to Norfolk, VA.
Battleship Wisconsin - View of Portsmouth as we depart on $1.00 paddlewheel ferry ride to Norfolk, VA.
Battleship Wisconsin - Passing the USS Nassau (LHA-4), a Tarawa-class amphibious assault ship capable of transporting over 3000 Marines undergoing refurbishment.
Battleship Wisconsin - Japanese exchange students on $1.00 paddlewheel ferry ride to Portsmouth from Norfolk, VA.
Battleship Wisconsin - Japanese exchange students impressed by USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) Iowa-class battleship in Norfolk, VA alongside Nauticus.
Battleship Wisconsin - View of Norfolk as we arrive on $1.00 paddlewheel ferry ride from Portsmouth, VA.

Battleship Wisconsin Norfolk Reviews

Chemosh Chemosh
5 reviews
Museum and Battleship Wisconsin (or WHISKEY) Sep 06, 2011
My dad and I had drove down to see the Norfolk Naval Base but arrived to late for the tour. We opted to take the cruise that goes along the inlet to the naval base which we very much preferred to the tour of the base. But that is another story.

Our tour of the Nauticus Museum and the Battleship Wisconsin was one of those "well this should only take a couple of hours" that lasted most of the day. It was wonderful. My Dad who served in Korea with the Navy had the experience of being between the USS Missouri and the North Korean coast while they were shelling railroad bridges. To be around/on the Iowa class sister ship was awesome. The museum also contained items from the Monitor & Merrimac that had slugged it out just up the bay from the museum. Everything we saw in this one spot of Norfolk made up for the rest of the crap we had to put with in the City of Norfolk. Highly recommend the visit.

Another HIGH RECOMMENDATION is to engage any of the staff their about topics. They are enthusiastic and so knowledgeable. You will not regret it.
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missandrea81 missandr…
144 reviews
Feb 06, 2008
This is a free thing to do in the Norfolk area. I enjoyed it a lot even though my first thought was, looking at a ship?? Really?? It turned out to be very interesting and fun. You can walk around the shipyard at the Nauticus museum and admire the USS Wisconsin from all sides then you can explore the deck of the ship for free!!! There are a bunch of veterans that can answer any question you might have and they enjoy giving answers! Don't miss looking inside the ship at various points. Also very interesting was the steal smell coming out of the air vents around the ship. The view isn't bad either. I learned a lot and can recommend this site as worth taking making a stop at!
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jennjeff1 jennjeff1
143 reviews
Sep 09, 2006
Looking for something to do for free in Norfolk? How about the USS WISCONSIN (BB-64) battleship tied up along side the Nauticus Museum. We took a couple of Japanese exchange students there via the $1.00 paddlewheel ferry boat ride across from Portsmouth.

The USS WISCONSIN is an Iowa-class battleship, just like the USS MISSOURI which we helped refurbish in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Although the USS MISSOURI was the location of the Japanese surrender during WWII, the USS WISCONSIN was also fitted with TOMAHAWK cruise missile launchers prior to the Gulf War of 1991, in which the USS WISCONSIN took part.

Battleships are by far the most impressive ships ever to sail the seas, although they may not have the same total firepower that an aircraft carrier has today with its embarked air wing. The USS WISCONSIN's three huge 16-inch gun turrets, each with three guns, can launch a volkswagon-sized shell over 20 miles which is totally remarkable. The view from the street of this mothballed battleship is awe-inspiring.

Just be sure to see if the USS WISCONSIN is open because it is usually closed on federal holidays. The volunteer staff are happy to answer any questions and are very knowledgeable. There is also a free Hampton Roads Naval Museum operated by the United States Navy that celebrates the 220 years history of the fleet in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. This is separate from the Nauticus Museum which has a fee of $10.95 for adults. A gift shop is also available on the premesis.

Enjoy your free tour of this magnificant ship which sailed from 1945 until 1991!
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