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Nauticus to Honor Women in Maritime during Women’s History Month

Reduced admission to $12 on Saturday, March 16th 

Norfolk, Va. — Nauticus’ Women’s History Month celebration focuses on women that have made remarkable contributions to the maritime industry. A variety of maritime based activities, crafts, and programs will be presented inside Nauticus and on the Battleship Wisconsin

“On Saturday, guests will engage with and learn from local women who have excelled in the maritime industry,” said Nathan Sandel, Director of Education at Nauticus.

We are proud to offer our visitors reduced, $12 general admission on Saturday, March 16, 2024.

In addition to visiting Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin on Women in Maritime Day, guests can:

10AM – 4PM: Meet the Women of Norfolk’s NOAA – Come learn about NOAA, finding shipwrecks, charting, and even make your own chart!
10AM – 4PM: Meet the Women of Norfolk Naval Shipyard – Engage with the women of Norfolk Naval Shipyard with production demonstrations, snap circuits, production tooling and more.
10AM – 4PM: Meet and Greet with Her Helm – Come learn about the stories and view the portraits of women boat captains across the Chesapeake Bay. By recognizing and celebrating these women, we are providing support for girls and women to find inspiration in the maritime world.
10AM – 4PM: Meet the Women of the United States Coast Guard– Explore Coast Guard Station Portsmouth’s 29-foot response boat-small and talk to Coast Guard personnel on site that day.
11AM – 1PM: Meet Susz Hodges, Chief Mate of Schooner Virginia– Join the Chief Mate of Schooner Virginia on the fantail of the Wisconsin to learn more about Sail Nauticus and try your hand at reading nautical charts. In this walk-up activity, guests will be encouraged to get their hands on navigational equipment to better understand how ships plan safe passages. Susz Hodges has her 100-ton USCG Captain’s License with sail endorsement and has sailed in the Pacific Northwest, U.S. Virgin Islands, and along the East Coast. 
11AM & 2PM: Water Quality Add On (Only $5 per person!)– Uncover the pivotal role water quality plays in our community and learn hands-on techniques for tracking local waterway health through testing and sampling. Join us in preserving and understanding the vitality of our water ecosystems. Don’t miss this chance to actively engage in environmental stewardship!
12:30PM – 1:30PM: Tunnel Talk: A Very Boring Podcast – Join us for a live recording of the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel Expansion Project hit podcast where they will be displaying the impressive model of the TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine).

Thank you to our community partners for Women in Maritime Day: NOAA, Her Helm, United States Coast Guard, Hampton Roads Expansion Project, and Norfolk Naval Shipyard!

To purchase tickets to Women in Maritime Day at Nauticus, please click here.

Plan Your Visit
Nauticus is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays – 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
Women in Maritime Day and additional exhibits are supported by the Nauticus Foundation. The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501©3 that supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. Nauticus’ mission is to benefit the community through education, impactful experiences, and sharing access to maritime resources. For more information, visit