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General admission includes access to Nauticus exhibits, daily programs and a self-guided tour of the Battleship Wisconsin.


Ages 13+



Ages 60+



Ages 3-12



Ages 0-2

Free, but a reserved ticket is required.

Please Note: Nauticus will be closing at 1PM on Saturday, September 23rd.


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.

nauticus News

What’s New

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

Explore Nauticus After Hours at this 21+ Only Event Norfolk, Va. – Spring into Summer at Nauticus on Thursday, May 18th from 6 PM to 9 PM with a special after-hours event for adults 21+ only. Nauticus After Dark: Spring Fling will feature…

May 5, 2023
Nauticus Unveils New Exhibit Gallery Focused on Resiliency 

$2 million gallery ushers in first phase of museum transformation. Norfolk, Va. (May 5, 2023) – Community leaders and stakeholders participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 4th, to celebrate the opening of…

April 25, 2023
Nauticus Opens First Phase of $21.5 Million Transformation 

Resiliency at the core of new 7,500 square-foot gallery. Norfolk, Va. (April 25, 2023) – The first permanent gallery space to open as part of Nauticus’ $21.5 million comprehensive redesign focuses on the region’s history of…

April 18, 2023
$500,000 Grant from Sentara Healthcare to Support Nauticus’ Transformational Redesign

Funding will help establish a new STEM Discovery Lab Norfolk, Va. (April 18, 2023) – A new STEM Discovery Lab at Nauticus will serve area students and families thanks to a $500,000 grant from Sentara…

April 17, 2023
Media Alert: Cruise Ship Debut at Nauticus, the Viking Octanis

One of the cruise industry’s most unique ships is making its debut at Nauticus today; the Viking Octanis arrived in downtown Norfolk this morning at 8AM.  Built in 2022 for Viking Cruises, the Viking Octanis is an expedition…

April 12, 2023
The Historic Battleship Wisconsin Celebrates 79 Years of Service This Weekend

Norfolk, Va. (April 12, 2023) — This weekend, marks a special day for one of Norfolk’s icons, as the Battleship Wisconsin  celebrates its 79th birthday. Since 1944, the…

March 28, 2023
Launching: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament At Nauticus

Sign Up To Dominate In This Double Elimination Tournament Norfolk, Va. — Calling all gamers! Get your best fighter and prepare to launch your opponent’s off the stage and out of bounds in the first…

March 13, 2023
Start Your Weekend Early At Nauticus After Dark: Game Changers

An Exclusive 21+ Event to Explore Nauticus’ Newest Exhibit Norfolk, VA. – On Thursday, March 23rd from 6 PM to 9 PM, grab your friends and join Nauticus for Nauticus After Dark, an evening event series…

February 28, 2023
Get Your Game On With A Visit To Nauticus' Traveling Exhibit, Game Changers

The Game Changers experience has something for everyone! Visitors can play Pac-Man, Sonic, and Super Mario at Nauticus as well as learn about the art and science of video games! Game Changers, which traveled to Downtown…