This historic battleship has served in all the great wars since it was built with its last action being in 1991 when it fired ... More
This historic battleship has served in all the great wars since it was built with its last action being in 1991 when it fired tomahawk missiles in the Persian Gulf. The battleship is the largest and last battleship ever built by the United States Navy and visitors can explore its decks through a self-guided or audiotape tour that will take you back in time.
If you really want to see a battleship, don't bother with the Wisconsin. About all you can do is walk the deck from stem to stern--all of the really interesting areas are closed to the public. So, go see the Alabama or the North Carolina or the Massachusetts or even the old Texas. Then you can really see a battleship.
I took my grandchildren on the Wisconsin. One was 41/2 yrs, one was 18 months and my son went also. I am active duty and had to pay $11.95 for my son, $10.95 for the 41/2 year old and $10.95 for myself. I thoght it would have been no charge for military in uniform or for a 41/2 yr. old. Then when coming off, they are trying to sell you a picture for $20.00 to help with the upkeep. It is a Reserve ship that the Navy has to keep up, that is why you do not get to go in and see the inside. Another rip off from Norfolk.
No more free access to the Battleship Wisconsin, if you want to take 4 boys over for the afternoon it will cost you $60, for limited access, nothing on the interior, closed early too, a real rip-off.
The Nauticus and City of Norfolk will never see a dime of my money again PERIOD!
They are prostituting this proud old girl, plain and simple...
Paid $11 per person. All the rooms and interior were locked. You are only allwed to see it from deck. This is a rip off. There should not be any ticket on this. I have seen USS North Carolina and there you can go every where, including engine room, control room etc. This one is cheating. In my opinion, anyone who is giving it a 5-star is either affiliated with this scam or has never seen anything like that before.
The web site said the the museum battle is free it isnt. Its ten dollars per person. The museum is not that great and several displays were closed. You can only walk on the ship twenty yards one way and forty the other. You can not go on any upper decks, you can not go inside the ship.They do not tell you that when you pay youe money. Thw whole affair was a huge rip off.
The USS Wisconsin is free to tour around on and so is the museum next to it. The Museum is on the 2nd floor along with the enterance to the battleship. There is s 3rd floor museum but you have to pay to go up there. I have been to the USS Wisconsin over a dozen times and still have yet to pay to see what is on the 3rd floor. You will spend so much time on the 2nd floor and the ship you will, more then likely, not ever feel the need to see the 3rd floor. A++ trip and A+++ if you like Naval history.
Because the ship is still commished the upper O-Level decks and the ship's interior are off limits to the public. As such the viewing of the ship is impressive but won't take you long at all. Probably 30-40 minutes. The attached museum Nauticus however will take awhile. I found the museum tedious, but kids will likely enjoy. The Aegis display on teh 3rd level is particularily annoying. The pretend commander fo the CIC was so out of Navy Specs that any former naval people will find it distracting. Not too mention the display was big on flash and bang but short on substance.
This was a really cool thing to do. I've never been on a ship this large before. They have ppl all over ready to answer any questions u may have. The tour is free. And its self paced. Only thing is that u can't go in the ship, u can only walk on the main deck, and one level up.
I really enjoyed our tour of the Battleship Wisconsin. My wife and I went in January (in the off-season), and were very impressed to see that there were volunteers there to tell you stories about the ship, to talk to you, and to build an atmosphere of welcome and friendliness. The tour was free, who can complain about that? The ship was easy to find (who couldn't find a 600+ ft long battleship that towers 50+ ft above the water), and it was free to tour. The nearby Nauticus Museum looked nice and we would've toured it, except we were burning daylight and wanted to do something else in Virginia Beach.
Being from Wisconsin, it was kind of a special tour for us as well.
The only thing I was disappointed in, was that we couldn't go inside the ship.
Also, don't bother with the audio tour available for $2 in the museum, the volunteers were much better.
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