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Nauticus Mission Statement

We exist to benefit our community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources.

Nauticus Vision:

To become the leading maritime and science discovery center in the region.

The Nauticus Foundation

The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization established to support the mission and activities of Nauticus. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has raised funds within the community to support the construction of the Museum including the development and expansion of Museum exhibits; educational programming centered around the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM); preservation and maintenance of the Battleship Wisconsin; and the development of the Sail Nauticus Community Sailing Center and Sailing Academy.


Nauticus Board of Directors

Nauticus is led by a distinguished group of business leaders from the Hampton Roads community. This board oversees all governance, policy formation, fiscal management, strategic planning and fundraising for the campus on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, which includes Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin, Sail Nauticus, and the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center.


Paul D. Fraim
Fraim & Fiorella, PC
Norfolk, VA


John Reinhart
CEO& Director Emeritus, Virginia Port Authority
Norfolk, VA


J.J. Keever 
Virginia Beach, VA


Maryellen Baldwin
President & CEO, Navy League Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach, VA

VADM David Architzel USN (Ret.)
Suffolk, VA

Judy Barrett
Senior Vice President, Private Banking, TowneBank
Norfolk, VA

Sarah Beasley
Vice President of Operations, Capital Concrete
Norfolk, VA

RADM Charles “Chuck” J. Beers, USN, (Ret.)
Norfolk, VA

Robert Clark
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

William W. “Bill” Crow
President, Virginia Ship Repair Association
Norfolk, VA

Allen Fabijan
Creative Director, Sinclair Communications
Norfolk, VA

Jonathan Gallo
Vandeventer Black, LLP
Norfolk, VA

Ameet Habib
Wolcott, Rivers, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA

Mark Honecker
President & CEO                                                       
ITA Global Security
Newport News, VA

VADM Alexander Krekich, USN, (Ret)
Norfolk, VA

Kelsey Sarcone Host
T. Parker Host, Inc.
Norfolk, VA

Jordan A. Watkins
International Trade Manager,
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Norfolk, VA

Matt Wilbricht
Senior Vice President, NAI Dominion
Chesapeake, VA

Edward W. Wolcott, Jr.
Wolcott, River, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA

Due to inclement weather, Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin will be closed Friday, January 21, Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, 2022.

All ticket purchasers - please check your email for details.

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We apologize for any inconvenience.