Hours of Operation
Memorial Day - Labor Day
- Open Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rest of the year
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
* Ship closing procedure begins 15 minutes before posted closing time.
Check here for dates when our mascot, Splash the Sea Dog, will be out and about at events throughout Hampton Roads
Because events are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm. For additional information, call (757) 664-1000. Events are included in Nauticus admission unless otherwise noted.
Horseshoe Crab Cove
10-11 a.m., 12-1 p.m., 2-3 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. (pending animal cooperation) 3rd floor
How many eyes does a horseshoe crab have? What does a shark’s skin feel like? Get to know some of our animal residents through a guided discussion of their habits and habitats. Then, stick around for a touch experience.
11 a.m.-12 p.m., 1-2 p.m. & 3-4 p.m.
Yes, you can touch a real, live shark!!! (Touching permitted pending animal safety and cooperation.)
Head to the 3rd floor Seabots Design Lab for this workshop. Nauticus educators provide supplies for you to design and build your own underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. But the fun doesn’t end there. Next you can test your design in our ROV tank. This is a great teamwork activity for families and groups.
3:15 p.m. (Weekends Only)
Perform and observe experiments illustrating the unique properties of our most valuable natural resource. Join us in the Aquarium area for this fun table-top presentation.
Science on a Sphere
Take a journey around the world without leaving the air-conditioned comfort of the 3rd floor. A Nauticus educator guides you on an exploration of earth science events around the globe. See a hurricane form and travel across the Atlantic Ocean, observe whale migration patterns and compare the size of earth to other planets in our solar system all without leaving your seat.
2:15 p.m. WEEKENDS ONLY
Fighting fires is never easy. Now imagine that you are out at sea and the fire is on your ship. How did the crew fight fires onboard the Wisconsin? Well, it depends on what kind of fire it was. Learn about the different kinds of fires and how each one was fought and contained in this exciting, interactive Battleship program.
(An educator will meet you at the quarterdeck and escort you to the program. Programs start promptly at the indicated time, however, if you’re running late just ask a member of the Battleship Crew for directions.)
Battleship Wisconsin Guided Tours - Command & Control
For times, please ask at the admissions desk
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Explore previously sealed off areas of the Battleship during this fascinating guided tour. Includes the Captain’s cabin, Admiral’s cabin, Combat Engagement Center, Flag Bridge, navigation Bridge and Quartermaster’s space. This 90 minute tour involves climbing up to 4 decks and entering small spaces. Participants must be physically fit and wear comfortable walking shoes.
*Requires purchase of a Gold Ticket.
Discover how sailors communicate ship to ship and ship to shore!
Experience the science of static electricity, sparks and electrical charges in a safe and controlled manner. You’ll get a “charge” out of it!
3D Movies at Nauticus Theater – 3rd Floor
The Living Sea - In Hi-Def
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
This Academy Award-nominated film celebrates the world ocean’s beauty, diversity and importance to life on earth.
Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea - In 3D
12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Aircraft Carrier immerses audiences into the exciting realm of air and sea operations aboard a modern Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier. Track the experiences of a young F-18 Super Hornet pilot and others engaged in a massive international event.