Admissions Information

battleship-comes-to-lifeNauticus Hours:

Memorial Day – Labor Day: Open Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rest of the year: Closed Mondays, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 5 p.m.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Nauticus admission now includes access to selected interior areas of the Battleship Wisconsin (see Basic Ticket below) as well as the new exhibit For All Those in Uniform Who Have Served. Admission fees help preserve and maintain the battleship for future generations.

GOLD TICKET – BEST VALUE!

Members: $15
Adults: $35.95
Children (Ages 4-12): $31.50
Children (Ages 3 and under): Free (Children must be 8 years old for interior tours of the Battleship Wisconsin.)
Military Adults (Active Duty with ID): $32.95

Includes:
  • Nauticus Admission
  • Guided Interior Battleship Wisconsin Tour
  • Self-Guided Battleship Wisconsin Tour
  • 3D Movies

BASIC TICKET

Members: FREE
Adults: $15.95
Children (Ages 4-12): $11.50
Children (Ages 3 and under): Free
Seniors (Age 55 and up) and AAA Adults: $14.95
Military Adults (Active Duty with ID): $12.95

Includes
  • Nauticus Admission
  • Self-Guided Battleship Wisconsin Tour
  • 3D Movies

*Guided Command & Control Tour

Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and Weekends at 3 p.m.
Ages 8 and up.

Tours-3Explore previously sealed off areas of the Battleship during this fascinating guided tour. Includes the Captain's cabin, Admiral's cabin, Combat Engagement Center, Flag Bridge, navigation Bridge and Quartermaster's space. This 90 minute tour involves climbing up to 4 decks (aka floors) and entering small spaces. Participants must be physically fit and wear comfortable walking shoes.

*Guided tours cost $20 per person in addition to regular Nauticus admission, which is required.

*Guided Engine Room Tour
Presented by Connie and Marc Jacobson

Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and Weekends at 3:30 p.m.

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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! 60 minutes.

Tour takers must be able to climb steep ladders and tolerate close spaces. For participant safety, no high heels or open toed footwear is allowed.  Your safe enjoyment of this tour is our goal.

*Guided tours cost $20 per person in addition to regular Nauticus admission, which is required.

Self Guided Tour

Tours-2All guest come aboard the Battleship Wisconsin from the second floor of Nauticus. We recommend guest move forward to the bow of the ship and then investigate the entire main deck moving around the ship in a counterclockwise direction. Along the way, there are several ladder-wells (Navy Stairs) that invite you to ascend the exterior of the ship all the way up to the 03 level. There is also an entrance into the ships interior.  The Battleship Wisconsin is a city at sea. The main deck interior brings you into the Officers Wardroom (City Government), senior officers staterooms and aft to the Message Processing Center (Phone Company). From here you can move down the ladder-wells onto the second deck. The second deck has many of the offices and businesses found in your home town. While below, check out the Public Affairs Office (News & Public Information), the Legal Affairs Office (Law Firm), Dispersing Office (Banking & Pay-Roll), Chapel (Churches), Dental (Health Care) , US Post Office (Morale Boost), Ship's Store (Convenience Shop), Main Galley and Mess Deck (Large Buffet Restaurant) There are four restaurants on the Wisconsin, Bakery and Donut Shop, Master-at-Arms Office (Sheriff), Marine Detachment areas (Security), Garbage and Waste disposal areas (City Dump), Supply Office (Warehouse Control), Weapons Office (Gun Shop), Machine and Valve Shops (Repair Garages) and lots of Sailors’ racks and berthing areas (Hotels).

Packages

Nauticus/Victory Rover Combo

Enjoy a day of maritime fun with admission to Nauticus and a two hour Naval Base cruise aboard the Victory Rover. Available March through December. For dates and more information, contact Victory Rover at (757) 627-7406 or visit navalbasecruises.com. Tickets may be purchased at the Victory Rover Ticket Window at Nauticus.

Directions to Nauticus

Click here for personal driving directions to Nauticus!

From the North or Northwest (Williamsburg/Richmond)

  • Take I-64 East
  • Exit onto 264 West towards Downtown Norfolk
  • Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9)
  • Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

 

From the South or Southwest

  • Take I-64 West
  • Exit onto 264 West towards Downtown Norfolk
  • Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9)
  • Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

 

From the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

  • Take I-264 West towards Downtown Norfolk
  • Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9)
  • Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

Parking
  •  Hourly garage parking is available at Plume Street, Main Street or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages.
  • For all parking garages in Downtown Norfolk, visit this interactive Map
  • Five on-site handicapped-reserved parking spaces
    (Handicapped parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Handicapped parking is unavailable on cruise ship days.)

Dining

Dockside-Cafe-LogoDockside Café

Dockside Café offers a salad bar, chicken wing bar and other tasty food.

Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. View the Menu.

Other Amenities
  • Change machine
  • Baby changing stations in restrooms
  • Lockers
  • Vending machines
  • Souvenir penny and quarter machines
  • Umbrella covered outdoor dining area

IMG_7039Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessibility throughout the building and on board the main deck of the Battleship Wisconsin
  • Five on-site handicapped-reserved parking spaces
    (Handicapped parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Handicapped parking is unavailable on cruise ship days.)
  • Wheelchairs for guests available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • 2 elevators with second and third floor access
  • Handicapped-reserved spaces in the Nauticus Theater.
  • Exhibit and movie scripts are available upon request. (check out at the admissions desk)
  • Assisted listening devices available upon request in Nauticus theater. (Please let the theater staff know prior to show starting that you will require the ALD.)
  • Sign Language interpreters can be provided with a minimum of two-weeks notice. Please call The Director of Visitor Operations a 757-664-1019 to place a request or the Group Sales Manager at 757-664-1034 for a group visit of 15 or more people.
  • TTY phone available for use at the Admissions desk
  • Closed-captioned exhibits throughout the building

Mission Statement

NAUTICUS inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today's maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk's harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world's largest Navy.

Thank you to all of our Veterans!
Through November 12, receive $11 off our complete Flag Raising Package with coupon code: VeteransDay.
All proceeds from purchases go to the Nauticus Foundation, which helps fund many of our education and restoration projects. Dismiss