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The campaign to build the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA is being spearheaded by the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization founded in 2008.  The Pacific Battleship Center team led the efforts to save, refurbish, establish, and grow the Battleship IOWA Museum into a top Los Angeles attraction and the #2 ship museum in the nation.  In 2019, the U.S. Navy licensed the National Museum of the Surface Navy name to the Pacific Battleship Center to build this one of a kind museum aboard Battleship IOWA in Los Angeles.

2012:  Battleship IOWA is donated to the Pacific Battleship Center, a 501c3 non-profit organization for placement on the Los Angeles Waterfront.
2015:  Battleship IOWA becomes home to Los Angeles Fleet Week, the largest Labor Day event in the L.A. area.
2019:  Pacific Battleship Center secures the rights to build the National Museum of the Surface Navy from the U.S. Navy.
2020:  The team finalizes the campaign package and initiates the quiet phase of raising $60m in funding.
2021-2025:  Efforts to secure sponsorship for phase 0 and museum, galleries, experiences, and exhibits.
2023:  Initiate detailed design process for galleries, experiences, and exhibits.
2024:  Initiate construction of museum.
2025:  Open Phase 1 of the museum.



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The Pacific Battleship Center currently operates programs at the Battleship IOWA Museum with a focus on education, veterans, and community.

  • The annual operating budget for the Pacific Battleship Center dba Battleship IOWA Museum during non-pandemic times is $4.5 million annually.
  • The operating budget will be increased by $4 million annually to accommodate the opening of the National Museum of the Surface Navy.
  • The Battleship IOWA Museum staff is fully committed to the transition and is performing split duties in their roles with the Pacific Battleship Center.
  • Earned revenue (admissions, events, overnights, retail, food & beverage, etc.) is expected to make up $6 million of the annual budget.
  • Costs are allocated according to associated program or category.
  • We invite you to review our annual 990 tax returns and/or our audited financials at



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

How can you help?

  • Sign up to be a Plank Owner.
  • Contribute (cash, in-kind, stock, real estate, planned giving, etc.)
  • Become a volunteer.
  • Spread the word.
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  • Have an idea? Let us know!


All you need to do is become a Plank Owner for FREE and receive the following benefits:

  • 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.
  • Donate and receive even more!

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Pacific Battleship Center dba
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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