USS Wisconsin Tours
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Experience military and maritime history aboard the USS Wisconsin, one of the biggest battleships ever built. Having been through three wars, “Wisky” now serves as a floating museum docked next to the Nauticus Maritime Center in Norfolk.
Explore the main and two upper decks of the USS Wisconsin. You’ll see the ship’s massive gun turrets—along with the radio room, sailors’ bunks, surgery room, brig, and more. Then, head to the Nauticus Maritime Center to learn more about the warship that survived World War II, the Korean War, and the Persian Gulf War.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Admission to the Nauticus includes a self-guided tour of the Wisconsin—guided tours of additional areas are available for an extra fee. You can also spend the night on the ship.
- Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes with no heels, and be prepared to climb down steep stairways if you want to tour belowdecks.
- The Nauticus building and the main deck of the Wisconsin are accessible to wheelchairs.
How to Get There
The USS Wisconsin is located along the Elizabeth River waterfront in downtown Norfolk. Take I-64 to 264 West, and exit at Waterside Drive. Paid parking garages are available on Main Street and Plume Street.
When to Get There
Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin are typically open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and closed on Mondays the rest of the year. The Wisconsin sometimes closes during inclement weather. Holiday closures include Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Check the website for the schedule of guided tours and other events.
Nauticus Maritime Center and Hampton Roads Naval Museum
A maritime-themed science center, the Nauticus has more than 55,000 square feet (5,110 square meters) of interactive exhibits, theaters, and aquariums. It’s also home to the US Navy–operated Hampton Roads Naval Museum, where you can browse a large collection of weaponry, underwater artifacts, uniforms, and detailed models and artwork.
Address: 1 Waterside Drive, Norfolk, Virginia 23510, USA
2 Tours and Activities to Experience USS Wisconsin
Experience the best of Norfolk with this Passport to Fun. Enjoy admission to Norfolk’s top attractions, like Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront, the USS Wisconsin (BB-64), the second ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the US state of Wisconsin, and the Virginia Zoo. Enjoy great discounts at the Norfolk Premium Outlets, and with outdoor adventure at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.
Mountain Bike Tours
Ride through Norfolk's culture past and present on our 4-hour guided tour. Pedal or use Pedego e-bike power at up to 20 mph to 20 points of interest. The tour covers art, history, and modern culture. These bikes have electric motors so pedal or use electric power. We routinely have riders that span the spectrum of age and fitness Expert instruction and a practice session are compulsory prior to launching. We obey all traffic laws and please follow your guide's instructions. If your group is larger than 5 or has specific needs please reach out and we will create a custom tour to suit your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience USS Wisconsin?
The best ways to experience USS Wisconsin are:
- Norfolk Passport to Fun City Sightseeing and Discount Book
- 1/2 Day E-Bike Tour of Norfolk's History and Art