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Celebrate The Battleship

Join us in celebrating the Battleship Wisconsin's 80th anniversary of her commissioning. There are many ways to celebrate this historic occasion!


April 16, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of the commissioning of the Battleship Wisconsin, the largest and last Battleship built by the U.S. Navy that is now the historical icon of Downtown Norfolk and centerpiece of Nauticus. To celebrate the milestone, Nauticus will host 80 events throughout the month of April. 

Saturday, April 13

Birthday Weekend

Join Nauticus on April 13 for the Battleship Wisconsin‘s Birthday celebration! Explore NEW SPACES opening aboard the ship, special programs such as meet & greet’s with Wisconsin Veterans, WWII re-enactors, guided tours and more.

Tuesday, April 16th

Time Capsule Ceremony

Live streamed at 10 AM eastern time, Nauticus will honor the Battleship’s 80th birthday with a time capsule that is set to be opened on the Battleship’s 100th birthday.

Bookings Begin April 4th

Battleship VIP Experience

Experience an exclusive VIP guided tour hosted by our Battleship Operations Manager (& Desert Shield/Desert Storm Veteran of the Wisconsin), Keith Nitka, as he takes you on an exploration of the Wisconsin touring spaces not accessible on any other tour.

Saturday, April 27th

Overnight Aboard the Battleship

Come spend the night on the historic battleship Wisconsin! Enjoy informal conversations with enlisted Navy volunteers and retired naval officers. This special “Battleship Birthday” overnight will be only $80 per person!

Additional Speciality Programming

Nauticus After Dark returns with a speciality theme to honor the Battleship’s Birthday!

Nauticus After Dark: Battleship Blast is an exclusive event for 21+ to enjoy the Battleship Wisconsin‘s views and historic features after hours. From 6PM – 9PM on Thursday, April 25th, you and your friends will be able to enjoy adult beverages from different countries that the Battleship visited during her time of service.

To purchase your tickets, please click here!

Join us for a special overnight experience aboard the Battleship Wisconsin on April 27. Enjoy a discounted rate of $80 per person.

Save the date! Tickets will go live on April 1.

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A Piece Of History

Join the Navigator’s Circle and receive a handcrafted gift made from the 1944 teak deck from the USS Wisconsin.

*Only available while supplies last

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Gift Shop

All proceeds from purchases at the Gift Shop benefit the Nauticus Foundation, which helps fund many of our ongoing education and restoration projects including the Battleship Wisconsin.

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Commemorative Plaque

Honor your veteran, first-responder, relative or friend with a permanent plaque aboard the historic Battleship Wisconsin. Military or civilian, living or deceased – an engraved plaque placed aboard the last battleship built by the United States Navy.