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USS Wisconsin

Walk the decks and corridors of a World War II battleship, a floating fortress that also saw action in the Korean and Gulf Wars.

At 887 feet (270 meters) in length, the USS Wisconsin is one of the largest battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy. The vessel first saw active duty in the Pacific in 1943 and was last used in a foreign war in Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

Today, the battleship Wisconsin is berthed on the Elizabeth River, next to Nauticus, a hands-on maritime center that covers more than 200 years of U.S. naval history. A self-guided tour of its decks is included with the price of museum admission. For an additional charge you can venture below deck on a guided tour.

Before boarding, familiarize yourself with its history by watching the short orientation film. It includes recollections of some of those who served aboard the USS Wisconsin.   

To get a sense of its size and power, walk the decks and stand under the huge gun turrets that once fired massive armor-piercing shells. Step into the wardroom where officers once dined. The main deck is wheelchair accessible.

Check out the ship’s interior with a guided tour; there are two on offer. The Topside Tour includes the captain's cabin and sleeping quarters, the combat engagement center and the radio room. Along the route you’ll climb up four decks and squeeze into some small spaces, so you will need to be reasonably fit. The Main Street U.S.N. tour is a glimpse into what daily life was like for those who lived and worked onboard the battleship. It takes you to the library, bakery, laundry and doughnut shop, among other places. 

The USS Wisconsin is open daily between Memorial Day (the last Monday in May) and Labor Day (the first Monday in September). For the rest of the year the museum is open every day except Monday. For pricing and scheduling of the tours visit the Nauticus website.


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Hilton Norfolk The Main $148
Hilton Norfolk The Main

Hilton Norfolk The Main

100 East Main Street, Norfolk
     
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    Situated in Norfolk, this hotel is steps from USS Wisconsin BB-64 and Nauticus National Maritime Center. Moses Myers House and Chrysler Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott $144
    Norfolk Waterside Marriott

    Norfolk Waterside Marriott

    235 E Main St, Norfolk
       
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      Located in the heart of Norfolk, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of USS Wisconsin BB-64 and Nauticus National Maritime Center. Moses Myers House and Chrysler Museum of Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown $113
      Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

      Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown

      520 Plume street, Norfolk
         
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        Located in the heart of Norfolk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Douglas MacArthur Memorial, Nauticus National Maritime Center, and Moses Myers House. Chrysler Museum of Art and Children's Museum of Virginia are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown $135
        Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

        Wyndham Garden Norfolk Downtown

        700 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk
           
          3.1
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          Located in the heart of Norfolk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Norfolk Scope, Moses Myers House, and Chrysler Museum of Art. Nauticus National Maritime Center and Children's Museum of Virginia are also within 2 mi (3 km).

          Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel $135
          Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

          Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel

          777 Waterside Dr, Norfolk
             
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            Situated on a river, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterside Festival Marketplace and Nauticus National Maritime Center. Moses Myers House and Children's Museum of Virginia are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Odyssey Corporate Housing Norfolk
            Odyssey Corporate Housing Norfolk

            Odyssey Corporate Housing Norfolk

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              Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown $129
              Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown

              Residence Inn Norfolk Downtown

              227 West Brambleton Avenue, Norfolk
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 322 reviews
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                Situated in Norfolk, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hunter House Victorian Museum and Chrysler Museum of Art. Moses Myers House and Nauticus National Maritime Center are also within 15 minutes.

                Freemason Inn - Bed & Breakfast
                Freemason Inn - Bed & Breakfast

                Freemason Inn - Bed & Breakfast

                411 W York St, Norfolk
                   
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                  of 5, from 14 reviews
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                  Located in the heart of Norfolk, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Hunter House Victorian Museum and Chrysler Museum of Art. Nauticus National Maritime Center and Moses Myers House are also within 15 minutes.