Hours of Operation
Memorial Day - Labor Day
- Open Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Rest of the year
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.
* Ship closing procedure begins 15 minutes before posted closing time.
Because events are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm. For additional information, call (757) 664-1000. Events are included in Nauticus admission unless otherwise noted.
Horseshoe Crab Cove
Open all day.
How many eyes does a horseshoe crab have? What does a shark’s skin feel like? Get to know some of our animal residents through a guided discussion of their habits and habitats then stick around for a touch experience. (Touching permitted pending animal safety and cooperation.)
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Yes, you can touch a real, live shark!!! (Touching permitted pending animal safety and cooperation.)
Discover how sailors communicate ship to ship and ship to shore!
Science on a Sphere
11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Take a journey around the world without leaving the air-conditioned comfort of the 3rd floor. A Nauticus educator guides you on an exploration of earth science events around the globe. See a hurricane form and travel across the Atlantic Ocean, observe whale migration patterns and compare the size of earth to other planets in our solar system all without leaving your seat.
What's in That Container Ship?
Ever wonder how the products you use every day make it to the store? Learn about the role ports play in our everyday lives.
Great Guns of Fire
Head out to the Battleship to discover what it takes to launch a 1900-2700 pound projectile 26 miles. We’ll tell you all about it and give you the chance to try it out for yourselves, using a model of course.
(An educator will meet you at the quarterdeck and escort you to your program. Programs start promptly at the indicated time, however, if you’re running late just ask a member of the Battleship Crew for directions.)
1:30 p.m. Weekends Only
Fighting fires is never easy. Now imagine that you are out at sea and the fire is on your ship. How did the crew fight fires onboard the Wisconsin? Well, it depends on what kind of fire it was. Learn about the different kinds of fires and how each one was fought and contained in this exciting, interactive Battleship program.
(An educator will meet you at the quarterdeck and escort you to the program. Programs start promptly at the indicated time, however, if you’re running late just ask a member of the Battleship Crew for directions.)
Head to the 3rd floor Seabots Design Lab for this workshop. Nauticus educators provide supplies for you to design and build your own underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. But the fun doesn’t end there. Next you can test your design in our ROV tank. This is a great teamwork activity for families and groups.
Learn how coastal cities like Norfolk are fighting the dangers of sea level rise and what it may mean for you!
Living River, Hidden World
4 p.m. Weekends Only
See some of the many microscopic organisms that live in the Elizabeth River!
Guided Interior Battleship Tours
*Guided Engine Room Tour
Presented by Connie and Marc Jacobson
Daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and Weekends at 3:30 p.m.
This fascinating tour takes visitors seven “decks” (aka floors) down in the depths of the Battleship Wisconsin, where they’ll learn exactly what was required to power this massive City at Sea. See up close, never-before-open-to-the-public engine room spaces aboard the Battleship Wisconsin! 60 minutes.
Tour takers must be able to climb steep ladders and tolerate close spaces. For participant safety, no high heels or open toed footwear is allowed. Your safe enjoyment of this tour is our goal.
*Guided tours cost $20 per person in addition to regular Nauticus admission, which is required.
*Guided Command & Control Tour
Daily at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and Weekends at 3 p.m. Ages 8 and up.Explore previously sealed off areas of the Battleship during this fascinating guided tour. Includes the Captain's cabin, Admiral's cabin, Combat Engagement Center, Flag Bridge, navigation Bridge and Quartermaster's space. This 90 minute tour involves climbing up to 4 decks (aka floors) and entering small spaces. Participants must be physically fit and wear comfortable walking shoes. *Guided tours cost $20 per person in addition to regular Nauticus admission, which is required.
3D Movies at Nauticus Theater – 3rd Floor
Secret Ocean - In 3D
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend.
Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea - In 3D
12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Aircraft Carrier immerses audiences into the exciting realm of air and sea operations aboard a modern Nimitz-class nuclear-powered carrier. Track the experiences of a young F-18 Super Hornet pilot and others engaged in a massive international event.