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Commemorative Giving

Honor Your Hero

Who is your hero? 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 is a meaningful and memorable gift.

Plaques are a tax-deductible donation to the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(C)3 nonprofit. All proceeds support the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the Battleship Wisconsin.

Commemorative Plaque Location

The Battleship Wisconsin is a big ship, but the berthing visible along the public tour route is very limited. This program is a unique opportunity to acquire a permanent commemoration of you or your family’s commitment to preserve and honor a historic symbol of American naval might.

Racks

Enlisted Berthing

Top, Middle & Bottom
Max of two (2) plaques per rack level

racks

Chief Petty Officer Berthing

Top & Bottom
Max of one (1) plaque per rack level 

Very limited quantity of CPO racks available

racks

 Master Chief
Berthing

Top & Bottom
Max of one (1) plaque per rack level 

Very limited quantity of MC racks available

Lockers

Enlisted Berthing

Box and Upright Lockers
Max of two (1) plaques per rack level

lockers

Chief Petty Officer Berthing

Cabinet Locker
Max of one (1) plaque 
per cabinet door on locker

Very limited quantity of CPO racks available

lockers

 Master Chief Berthing

Cabinet Locker
Max of one (1) plaque per locker

Very limited quantity of MC racks available

Plaque Sizing & Inscription

Each plaque is 4.5” x 2” bronze metal with black coating. The first line is allocated to a dedication line of the donor’s choice (In Memory of, In Honor of, Dedicated by) followed by three lines for applicant use (max of 78 characters, must include spaces & punctuation).

Nauticus reserves the right to deny requests for inscriptions that might be considered offensive or inappropriate or messages that do not align with the Museum’s mission. No other plaques, markers or decoration of any kind are permitted on/in racks and lockers.

Pricing

Pricing starts at $250 for lockers and $500 for racks.

Enlisted RacksEnlisted LockersCPO RacksCPO LockersMaster Chief RacksMaster Chief Lockers
Bottom$500$2,500$5,000
Middle$650$2,750$7,500
Top$800$3,000
Cabinet$850$1,500
Upright’s$350
Box$250
Discounts: Battleship Wisconsin Veterans receive a 10% discount on all levels. Combo pricing is available. Veteran status must be approved by Nauticus.
Please contact the Development Department to learn more.

Plaques are a tax-deductible donation to the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(C)3 nonprofit. All proceeds support the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of the Battleship Wisconsin.

Policies & Additional Information

The Battleship Wisconsin is a big ship, but the berthing visible along the public tour route is very limited. This program is a unique opportunity to acquire a permanent commemoration of you or your family’s commitment to preserve and honor a historic symbol of American naval might. While all reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special requests, Nauticus cannot guarantee sponsorship of a particular rack or berthing compartment location.

This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to support the Battleship Wisconsin to honor a veteran, thank a loved one or carve your own story in a permanent place of recognition. The Battleship may be a big ship but only features a limited number of opportunities to feature your inscription along a visible tour route in the interior decks of the ship.

Every plaque purchase is considered a tax-deductible donation to the Nauticus Foundation. Nauticus, home of the Battleship Wisconsin is operated by the foundation, a private 501(c)(3) organization.

Nauticus relies on private donations such as plaque purchases to fund daily operations, support ongoing education programs and help preserve the Battleship Wisconsin.

Your support will ensure that Nauticus continues to be a world-class attraction that supports STEM-STERN education, provides impactful experiences and shares access to maritime resources. Support to this program is non-refundable.

Each plaque is 4.5” x 2”, the first line is allocated to a dedication followed by three lines (max of 78 characters) for applicant use. 

Dedication Lines: In Loving Memory of, In Honor of, Dedicated by

The first line is allocated to a dedication followed by three lines (max of 78 characters) for applicant use. 

Dedication Lines: In Memory of, In Honor of, Dedicated by

Nauticus reserves the right to deny requests for inscriptions that might be considered offensive or inappropriate or messages that do not align with the Museum’s mission. No other plaques, markers or decoration of any kind are permitted on/in racks and lockers. Nauticus will make every reasonable effort to maintain plaques.

Yes, all plaques are permanent and cannot be moved once placed. Nauticus will make every reasonable effort to maintain plaques. If circumstances cause Nauticus to move the donor’s plaque, the donor will be notified right away.

Racks are limited to a maximum of two (2) plaques per enlisted rack and one (1) plaque per Chief Petty Officer and Master Chiefs racks.

Enlisted Lockers are limited to one (1) plaque per sponsor, Chief Petty Officer Lockers are limited to one (1) plaque per door, and Master Chief Lockers are limited to one (1) plaque per entire locker.

While all reasonable attempts will be made to accommodate special requests, Nauticus cannot guarantee sponsorship of a particular rack or berthing compartment location.

Yes, as long as both plaques are purchase at the same time and the spaces are available. No guarantees can be made. Unfortunately, we cannot move prior placed plaques.

Yes, USS Wisconsin Veterans may purchase a rack or locker at a discounted rate of 10% off, proof of serve is required. Please submit a copy of DD214 or Veteran card with printable form submission and by emailing both the form and copy of service to Development@nauticus.org

YES! Plaques are for everyone: military or civilian, alive or deceased. This is the perfect opportunity to honor a veteran, thank a loved one, congratulate a friend or carve your own story aboard the historic Battleship Wisconsin.

Yes, please contact the Development Office at Development@nauticus.org for more details.

Plaques typically take 6-10 weeks for fabrication after approval of final wording and layout. Plaque will not be ordered without prior payment. Nauticus officials will work with the donor regarding placement details.

Yes, All plaques are placed on racks and lockers along the visible tour route aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.