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Hours & Tickets

Pardon Our Dust! Select exhibit galleries are currently closed to the public as we renovate the building as part of the Reimagine Nauticus campaign. Stay updated on the Reimagine Nauticus construction plans and new exhibit openings here.

Nauticus will reopen the Battleship Wisconsin ONLY to visitors beginning January 9 – February 29, 2024. Select exhibits inside Nauticus will reopen on March 1, 2024. To purchase admission for March 1, 2024 and on, please click here.

January 9 – February 29 Admission Price
Includes access to Battleship Wisconsin only.


Ages 13+



Ages 3-12



Ages 0-2

Free, but a reserved ticket is required.


Member Admission

Members receive FREE admission year round! Not a member? Sign up today!


Military Discount

Active Duty Military receive $3.00 off of general admission.


Group Rates

Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.


Snap EBT/Medicaid

Admission is $3.00 per person, up to four people in party. Offers only valid at front desk with SNAP EBT/VA Medicaid card with valid photo ID. Special events not included.


Teacher Discount

Virginia and North Carolina licensed teachers may bring their valid ID to the Nauticus admissions desk for one (1) free adult admission into Nauticus & the Battleship Wisconsin.

Guided Tours

Take a deeper look into the Battleship Wisconsin with a guided-tour! Our experts will show you areas not open to the public and share the stories of the WisKy. Each participant must also purchase an admission ticket to participate in the tour. Limited spaces are available and there are multiple tours each day. Tours can be purchased online or at the Front Admissions Desk.


Explore the areas of Battleship Wisconsin with a historical interpreter and learn how the Battleship was commanded and would fight in the control areas of the ship including the Captain’s Cabin, Pilot House, and Combat Engagement Center.

Each participant must also purchase an admission ticket to participate in the tour. 90 Minutes Long.


This fascinating tour takes visitors seven “decks” (aka floors) down in the depths of the Battleship Wisconsin, where they’ll learn exactly what was required to power this massive City at Sea. See up close, never-before-open-to-the-public engine room spaces aboard the Battleship Wisconsin

Each participant must also purchase an admission ticket to participate in the tour. 60 Minutes Long.

Charitable Donations

Nauticus is pleased to support our local community by considering all charitable donation requests from qualified nonprofit organizations in the Hampton Roads area. To learn more or to apply, please click here.

nauticus News

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February 13, 2024
Nauticus to Honor Norfolk Native, William Roscoe Davis, In Celebration of Black History Month 

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January 25, 2024
Nauticus Connects Students to Maritime Jobs with New Program

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November 14, 2023
First-Ever Community Night at WinterFest on the Wisconsin

60% Admission Reduction Coincides with Grand Illumination Parade. Norfolk, Va. (Nov. 14, 2023) — Hampton Roads’ newest holiday tradition, WinterFest on the Wisconsin , is inviting the 757 to come celebrate this Saturday…

November 9, 2023
Nauticus’ WinterFest Features New Experiences, Entertainment, Illuminations

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October 25, 2023
WinterFest Premieres Tree Forest Display Built by Local Students

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October 18, 2023
Nauticus After Dark: Mystery at the Museum

Experience this Mysterious Evening with Nauticus at this 21+ Only Event Norfolk, Va. – Grab your friends and help solve the mystery at Nauticus on Thursday, October 19th. With a special after-hours event for adults 21+ only…

October 12, 2023
Schooner Virginia Brings First Place Trophy Home to Norfolk

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October 10, 2023
Nauticus Foundation Welcomes New Chief Financial Officer

Amy Owens brings more than two decades of experience in financial leadership . Norfolk, Va. (October 10, 2023) – After a nationwide search, Nauticus is delighted to announce the hiring of Amy Owens, Chief Financial…

September 13, 2023
Region’s Most Unique Waterfront Event Returns

Only event hosted on Norfolk’s cruise ship pier features sailboats, local brews, live music, and more.  Norfolk, Va. (September 13, 2023) – On September 23, one day prior to the 4,000-passenger cruise ship Carnival Magic returning to Norfolk…

September 5, 2023
Free Climate Change Exhibition

Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes to be on display through October 29 Norfolk, Va.– Nauticus invites the community to take a journey through climate change with the traveling exhibition Real People, Real Climate, Real Changes . Free and open to the public…

August 22, 2023
Ship, Shipmate, Self

By Captain Michael Fiorentino Welcome to the Virtual Great Chesapeake Schooner Race. As you follow along with us virtually, we also wanted to share with you what’s it like to be on a schooner at sea.  You might wonder, how big a crew is required to sail the ship? …

June 14, 2023
Sail Nauticus Academy Graduation 2023

By Sarah Linden - Brooks Each June, we get to indulge in our favorite event here at Sail Nauticus—Sail Nauticus Graduation. Our spring celebration includes a family week during the final week of programming. Family members of our Academy students are…

June 13, 2023
Battleship Driving Range & Underwater Exploration

Father’s Day Weekend Festival at Nauticus Norfolk, VA. (June 13, 2023) – Nauticus is gearing up to celebrate Father’s Day Weekend with a splash offering discounted admission of $5 per person when purchased online, in advance. The…

June 1, 2023
New Early Learner Gallery and Aquarium Usher in Summer at Nauticus

Exploration and creativity anchor first-of-its-kind children’s experience. Norfolk, Va. (June 1, 2023) – Nauticus will open its first-ever themed environment for early learners on Father’s Day weekend.  The…

May 9, 2023
Nauticus After Dark Is Back For A Spring Fling

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