San Pedro, CA: Battleship IOWA Museum, Gun Tour

Battleship IOWA Museum’s new educational Gun Tour, offers visitors a behind-the-scenes journey that weaves through levels of the ship, never before opened to the public. Explore deep within the ship’s down hatches, up ladders, into the lives of the battleship sailors throughout history. The tour culminates with an awe-inspiring view of the mechanical marvel at the heart of the battleship, the 16 inch guns inside Turret No.1.

Courtesy of the Battleship IOWA Museum

Entering service more than 70 years ago, the USS Iowa deployed to the South Pacific in the early years of World War II. The iconic battleship served with distinction in that war, and later during the Korean War.  In the 1990s, as the Berlin Wall crumbled, the IOWA concluded her active duty. 

Battleship IOWA now serves as a non-profit historic naval ship museum and is supported solely by individual donations, corporate foundations, and philanthropic organizations. Forged in war and a guardian of peace, the proud ship is the sentinel of the Los Angeles Waterfront.

The Battleship IOWA Museum is open to the public daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Gun Tour is available Saturdays and Sundays. The tour length is 2 hours and 30 minutes. 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM  Battleship IOWA Museum, 250 S. Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731; The tours start at the Box Office on the wharf. 

Tickets are available online at The Gun Tour has a maximum of 7 guests per tour and is offered twice per day. **You must be 10 years of age or older to take this tour. Parking is available at the Cruise Terminal Parking Lot. Please enter at Swinford Street and Harbor Boulevard. For information about special events, group tours, educational programs, and Naval retirement flag service, visit

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