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Battleship Wisconsin to Open New Spaces on 78th Birthday

Guests will enjoy new renovations and interpretations.

Norfolk, Va. (Apr. 7, 2022) — Thanks to a successful second year of WinterFest on the Wisconsin and the community’s support, Nauticus is excited to announce the opening of new spaces aboard the Battleship Wisconsin. On April 16, 2022, on the Wisconsin’s 78th birthday, general admission guests can explore the newly interpreted Senior Officer’s Country. 

Located off the wardroom, guests can venture into the Senior Officer’s Country, where high-ranking officers and officers with “specialty” jobs lived. Because they held senior positions, these officers had their own staterooms. Visitors will be transported back in time as they listen to audio by previous officers who have occupied these staterooms, like the Weapons and Chief Engineering Officers, as well as the ship’s Chaplin and Administration.

Nauticus could not of reinterpreted these spaces without the help of the community! These groups volunteered their time to clean up these spaces by painting, welding, building, and so much more: The USS Lewis B Puller Group, Tidewater Tech Welding Group, Portsmouth NMRTC FCPOA, USS Oak Hill, USCG ATO Portsmouth, and US Navy Fleet Forces Command Band.

Guests are invited to celebrate the Battleship Wisconsin as she turns 78 on April 16, 2022. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment and educational programming. Nauticus members can bring a friend for free and active-duty military and their children are invited to visit at a discounted ticket price.

Want to see more of the Wisconsin? Explore areas of battleship on the Command and Control Tour and Life in the Engine Room tours with a historical interpreter and learn how the battleship was commanded and maintained. These experiences are ticketed and require reservations. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Plan Your Visit
Nauticus is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Paid admission includes access to the Nauticus museum, special programming, and the Battleship Wisconsin. As always, Nauticus members are free. Tickets and additional details are available online here.

About Nauticus
Support for the Battleship Wisconsin directly benefits the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.Funding provides interpretation and restoration of the Battleship Wisconsin and allows Nauticus to open new onboard spaces and experiential learning opportunities for students, families and visitors.

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