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The Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the Battleship Wisconsin are a popular place for service members to have their reenlistments, commissioning, retirements or other special ceremonies. The Hampton Roads Naval Museum offers space in the museum and on the ship at no charge for these official ceremonies.

However, you must contact the Hampton Roads Naval Museum at
757-322-3106 or email thomas.dandes@navy.mil to make arrangements, or if you have questions.

The following guidelines for ceremonies
are provided by The Hampton Roads Naval Museum:

Ceremonies on the Battleship Wisconsin

Ceremonies are scheduled between 1030-1400 hours during weekdays. Ceremonies are held at the forward or aft turret. Small ceremonies that do not require set-up, are generally held at Turret #1. Other ceremonies that require set up are held aft of Turret #3. Commands are required to do all setup and breakdown.

We do provide the following equipment:

  • 150 chairs
  • two podiums
  • two flags: American and a Department of the Navy
  • one red carpet (10 foot section)
  • one bell
  • one table, long
  • one sound system that accepts CDs and tape cassettes

Museum Gallery

Ceremonies can be done inside the museum. We recommend the Jamestown Expo exhibit area. However, the maximum capacity for this area is 20 people. We will provide a bell, an American flag, a Navy flag, a small table, and chairs for the official party.

Note that there will be occasions during which this area will not be available due to Changing Exhibits. During such times, the Battle of Hampton Roads exhibit area is the most likely alternative.

Some ceremonies have been held outside, adjacent to Nauticus in Town Point Park. This area is not under the control of Nauticus nor the HRNM.

Food & Drink

No food, drink, gum, or smoking are allowed within the museum or on the battleship. Unfortunately, we do not provide a reception area onboard the ship. However, catering and reception areas are available for a fee. For more information click here.


Paid parking is available directly across from Nauticus. Handicap parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis in front of Nauticus.


Ceremony participants are required to confirm their ceremony reservations three days in advance for ceremonies not requiring set-ups such as reenlistments. Participants are required to confirm their reservations 30 days in advance for ceremonies requiring set-up services such as retirements, commissionings, and other large bookings.


Please contact the military ceremony coordinator as soon as possible for cancellations! Extending this courtesy not only helps our staff tremendously, but also frees up the time slot for others.