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Hours & Tickets

Guests receive admission to Nauticus AND a self-guided tour of the Battleship Wisconsin.

Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Please call for other holiday hours. Closing procedures for the Battleship Wisconsin begin 15 minutes before close and the ship will be closed in the event of inclement weather.


Ages 13-55



Ages 55+



Ages 4-12



Ages 0-3

Free, but a reserved ticket is required.


Member Admission

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


Military Admission

Active Duty Military receive $3.00 off of general admission.

Offers only valid at front desk with valid ID.


Group Rates

Special rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

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.

GUIDED COMMAND AND CONTROL TOUR: 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

GUIDED LIFE IN THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR: 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


MAIDEN: The inspiring true story of the first all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World yacht race.

Special Showings May 27-29 only! Watch the documentary and visit the vessel on Nauticus’ Pier!

Main Theater: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., 1 hour 37 minutes long (will replace The Living Sea)

THE LIVING SEA: The Living Sea celebrates the beauty, power, and importance of the ocean. Underscored by the music of Sting and narrated by Meryl Streep, the motion picture explores our relationship with the sea.

Main Theater: 11 a.m. & 1 p.m., 77 minutes long

USS WISCONSIN: THE LAST BATTLESHIP: Discover why the Battleship Wisconsin is truly the most unique battleship in the world. Experience the excitement and nostalgia as the world’s largest guns fire from the deck for the last time. This half-hour documentary chronicles the life of the Battleship Wisconsin and the courageous men who went to war with her.

Design Chamber: 28 minutes in loop

nauticus News

What’s New

May 12, 2022
Largest Cruise Ship to Sail from Norfolk Arrives Sunday

Carnival resumes operations with 4,000-passenger vessel Photo Credit: GLF Investments Norfolk, Va. (May 12, 2022) — Mid-Atlantic cruisers will have their first chance to sail from Norfolk since 2019 as the 4,000-passenger Carnival Magic…

May 9, 2022
Tall Ship to Host Summer Sleep Away Camp

By: Megan Roche With the banks of the Elizabeth River and the waters of the Chesapeake Bay right off our shores, the Schooner Virginia is the perfect spot for a water-based summer camp! Is your child ready for the summer of a lifetime? Look no further. …

May 5, 2022
Nauticus Lands National Drones Exhibition

A high-flying examination of the past, present, and future of remotely controlled pilotless aircraft opens Father’s Day Weekend. Norfolk, Va. (May 5, 2022) – Perhaps no other emerging technology has captured the public’s imagination quite like…

April 8, 2022
Nauticus Cruise Season Accelerates With Back-To-Back Ship Calls

Inaugural call of the Norwegian Gem set for Sunday; Norwegian Getaway returns on Monday Norfolk, Va. (April 8, 2022) — More than 5,000 cruise ship passengers are planning their Norfolk arrival over the coming days as Nauticus…

April 7, 2022
Battleship Wisconsin to Open New Spaces on 78th Birthday

Guests will enjoy new renovations and interpretations. Norfolk, Va. (Apr. 7, 2022) — Thanks to a successful second year of WinterFest on the Wisconsin and the community’s support, Nauticus is excited to announce…

April 6, 2022
Celebrating WisKy’s Birthday with A Gift for Our Visitors

By: Megan Roche Photographer: Sean Kuhn It’s almost big WisKy’s 78th birthday and to celebrate, you can explore more areas throughout the ship! Thanks to funds raised through Winterfest on the Wisconsin , visitors have access to…

March 23, 2022
Carnival Cruise Line Celebrates Partnership with Norfolk

World’s largest cruise line presents cake to Norfolk City Council Photo Credit: Nathalie Silva Ariz Norfolk, Va. (March 23, 2022) — On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Carnival Cruise Line presented a special birthday cake to Norfolk City…

March 16, 2022
Women in STEM Are Making Waves at Nauticus

Free virtual event on March 25 with special guest Tracy Edwards, MBE. Norfolk, Va. (March 16, 2022) — Stop over at Nauticus for their Women in STEM Day during Women’s History Month on March 26, 2022. Enjoy a fun-filled day of science, technology…

March 14, 2022
Nauticus’ Introduces New Summer Camp Aboard Historic Ship

Spend the summer on the waterfront taught by award-winning instructors Norfolk, Va. (March 14, 2022) – Registration is now open for Nauticus’ Summer Camps. Choosing from three different camp experiences, this will be your child’s…

February 18, 2022
Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sunday Arrival Launches Norfolk’s Busiest Season

First large-scale cruise ship since pause in port operations arrives at Nauticus on Sunday Norwegian Getaway. PC: NCL Norfolk, Va. (February 18, 2022) – Nearly two years after the Covid-19 pandemic paused the global…

February 16, 2022
Catching Up with the Sail Nauticus Academy

By: Megan Roche While the chilly temperatures might not make for the best sailing weather, things are still moving full speed ahead with the Sail Nauticus Academy team. The Sail Nauticus Academy program is a free partnership between Norfolk Public…

January 18, 2022
Messages in Bottles Wash Ashore at Nauticus!

New exhibit features over 50 voices from the past. Norfolk, Va. (January 18, 2022) – Have you ever found a message in a bottle and wondered where it came from? Questioned its meaning and wondered what happened to the sender? The Message in a…

January 11, 2022
Nauticus Exhibits Celebrates the Contributions of African Americans

Reduced admission on January 15 thanks to presenting sponsor, Bank of America Norfolk, Va. (January 7, 2022) – The extraordinary contributions made by African Americans in the fields of medicine, mathematics, engineering…

January 6, 2022
Nearly 65,000 Guests Visit Hampton Roads’ Newest Holiday Hit

WinterFest on the Wisconsin more than doubles its attendance in 2021 Norfolk, Va. (January 5, 2022) –In its second season, WinterFest on the Wisconsin welcomed more than double the number of guests from the previous year. Nearly…

November 23, 2021
Waterfront Parade Ushers in Holiday Season This Weekend

Santa arrives by boat in Downtown Norfolk Norfolk, Va. (November 23, 2021) – The Elizabeth River will look much brighter this Saturday evening as a lighted sailboat parade launches the holiday season in Hampton Roads. The fleet of…