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.
Check here for dates when our mascot, Splash the Sea Dog, will be out and about at events throughout Hampton Roads
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.
Shark Lab & 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.
11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Yes, you can touch a real, live shark!!! (Touching permitted pending animal safety and cooperation.)
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.
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.)
Science on a Sphere
10:30 a.m. & 3:30 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.
12:15 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.)
11:15 a.m. 4:15 p.m.
Perform and observe experiments illustrating the unique properties of our most valuable natural resource. Join us in the Aquarium area for this fun table-top presentation.
Battleship Wisconsin Guided Tours - Command & Control
11 a.m. , 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Recommended for 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 and entering small spaces. Participants must be physically fit and wear comfortable walking shoes.
*Requires purchase of a Gold Ticket.
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.
11:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m.
Discover how sailors communicate ship to ship and ship to shore!
3D Movies at Nauticus Theater – 3rd Floor
The Living Sea - In Hi-Def
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
This Academy Award-nominated film celebrates the world ocean’s beauty, diversity and importance to life on earth.
Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea - In 3D
12:30 p.m. & 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.