Located at Berth 87 in the Los Angeles Harbor in San Pedro, the Pacific Battleship Center allows visitors to explore a famous battleship, the USS Iowa. Serving the United States during WWII, Korean War and Cold War, the ship was once touted as the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship,” a nickname referencing her enormous guns, top speed, heavy armor and advanced fire control systems. Back in the late 1930’s/early 1940s the ship cost $110 million to build, which by today’s calculations would be about $1.8 billion.
Visitors to the museum can take a self-guided Tour Alpha, where you can board and explore the USS Iowa, getting to stroll around the same ship sailed by notable people like President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, President Ronald Reagan, First Lady Nancy Reagan and George H.W. Bush. You’ll see where daily operations took place, where officers enjoyed leisure time, where the ship was steered from, the Galley and even go onto the flying bridge for a unique view of the ship. Below deck, a digital theater allows visitors to play an educational and interactive combat game and defend it from attacks. Afterward, peruse informational exhibits on the USS Iowa to learn more about her unique history. During your visit, former military will be on hand to answer questions.