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Battleship USS Iowa Museum, Los Angeles

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Tour the ship that carried Franklin Delano Roosevelt across the Atlantic Ocean when you visit Battleship USS Iowa Museum. Learn about its role as the last lead ship of any class of U.S. battleships on the Atlantic during World War II, and view the ship's guns, the officer’s mess, and the captain’s cabin, which served as FDR's quarters when he was on board. Ask the tour guides--who are retired Navy officers--any questions you have. If you're visiting with children, bring them on the complimentary Victory the Dog scavenger hunt--in honor of the ship’s mascot--which is available at the start of the tour. Note that there are no restrooms or food on board, and many obstacles like uneven decking and steep and narrow stairs on the ship make it inaccessible for wheelchairs, strollers, and small children. Take the guesswork out of planning a Los Angeles vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • Meeting the men who served on the ship. We took the self tour and learned so much about the history of the ship and the people who served on her 
    Meeting the men who served on the ship. We took the self tour and learned so much about the history of the ship and the people who served on her  more »
  • The Presidential Tour is amazing! Get access to off tour areas and insider info on FDR's trip to the Tehran conference with Churchill and Stalin. Dave, our tour guide, was incredible. He gave us so.....  more
    The Presidential Tour is amazing! Get access to off tour areas and insider info on FDR's trip to the Tehran conference with Churchill and Stalin. Dave, our tour guide, was incredible. He gave us so.....  more »
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  • As an Iowan and a Navy family, this was a must-see on our trip. To start, if you are from Iowa, you get free admittance, so that was a great perk. The view from the ship is breathtaking. The ship is breathtaking. It has been very well maintained and each of the individuals along our self guided tour were insightful and more than welcoming. It was a great piece of history that all of my kids enjoyed (9 years old to 18). I was blown away by its size alone, but seeing how our service men and women are "housed" at sea was even more interesting. One part that surprised me were the living quarters for the women, and how they were separate at the time of this ship's service. I would highly recommend stopping here!!
  • A quick stop 2 hour tour of this magnificent battleship that plied the waters in service of the United States from World War 2 to its final decommissioning in 2011 to become the floating museum it is today. The self guided tour takes you to nearly every quarter of the ship. There are other exhibits not associated with the Iowa aboard. Aside from various small bits aboard screwed down to avoid breakage by guests...the Iowa looks as though she could set sail with a hardy crew ready to helm the ship. Docents roam the deck ready with history and facts. The cost for 4 adults is a healthy $95 + change. There is of course discounts for students, seniors and veterans. Is it worth it? I say yes. The amount of history aboard alone is worth the cost of a few hours, the friendliness of the docents is more than worth the money and time. There is a gift shop at the end of the tour... The amount of goodies and curios will keep battle ship fans for another 30 minutes....

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