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The National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA educates all Americans regarding the role of the United States Surface Navy with an ultimate goal of increasing broad support for the Freedom of the Seas and the other critical mission areas. The museum focuses on connecting the past with the future through the core mission areas of the Surface Navy including international relations, protecting free trade, humanitarian assistance, and technological innovation. This is accomplished through virtual and in-person exhibits, dynamic educational programming, and interactive experiences.  

The museum is being built on board the Battleship IOWA Museum, strategically located at the Port of Los Angeles. The Port of Los Angeles was the center of gravity for the US Fleet prior to WWII and, until recently, adjacent to the area that was once the Long Beach Naval Base & Shipyard. Today, the combined port complex handles more containers per ship call than any other port complex in the world. The Los Angeles area welcomes more than 50 million visitors annually and is now home to LA Fleet Week, considered one of the premier military events on the west coast. In our opinion, there is no better location for the Surface Navy Museum.

The NMSN was licensed by the Navy to the 501c3 non-profit Pacific Battleship Center in 2018 to be built aboard the iconic Battleship IOWA. This museum effort follows on the heels of a very successful eight years that grew the Battleship IOWA into a top 5 attraction proudly welcoming 415,000 visitors per year. The ship is not only a museum, but also a platform that serves our nation with programs focused on education, military, veterans, public safety, and the community. The natural progression to the National Museum of the Surface Navy will allow us to further expand these programs to make a greater impact.

You can make your donation below or by contacting our Development Team at 877-446-9261 ext. 747. The National Museum of the Surface Navy is part of the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Together, we can ensure the Surface Navy’s history and importance is not lost to future generations. Thank you for making this legacy possible.  Click here to read more about our museum plans.

How to Get Involved?

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This museum is a community effort that will require all hands (civilians and veterans) on deck.

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  • Regular e-updates on the museum.
  • Memorialize your service or a loved one's in our Quarterdeck of Honor.
  • A commemorative Plank Owner certificate customized with your name.
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National Museum of the Surface Navy
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA  90731
Phone:  877-446-9261 ext. 747

Pacific Battleship Center is a highly rated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA.  Currently the organization operated the Battleship IOWA Museum as a top 5 attraction in Los Angeles.  More information at

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