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Celebrating 80 Years of Maritime Legacy: Battleship Wisconsin Opens Its Decks with Free Admission for Military

25 March 2024 by

Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the Battleship Wisconsin with over 80 Events throughout the month of April!

Plus, Battleship Wisconsin Opens Its Decks with Free Admission for Military

In the heart of Norfolk, Virginia, an icon stands tall and proud, embodying the spirit of naval excellence and resilience. As it marks its 80th year standing sentinel over the waters, the Battleship Wisconsin invites all to join in commemorating its storied history and the brave souls who sailed its decks. But this anniversary isn't just about reminiscing on the past; it's about honoring those who continue to serve our nation. In a gesture of gratitude, the Battleship Wisconsin proudly announces free admission for military personnel, a token of appreciation for their unwavering dedication and sacrifice.

A Monument of Strength and Legacy

Commissioned in 1944 during the height of World War II, the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) swiftly earned its place among the mightiest battleships of its time. With its impressive firepower and robust armor, it played a crucial role in numerous conflicts, from the Pacific theater to the Persian Gulf. Its service spanned decades, earning battle stars and commendations for its contributions to American military endeavors.

After being decommissioned in 1991, the Battleship Wisconsin found a new purpose as a floating museum, allowing visitors to step back in time and explore its decks, where history echoes in every corner. From the colossal 16-inch guns to the tight quarters where sailors lived and worked, every aspect of the ship offers a glimpse into the life of those who served aboard.


At the heart of the Battleship Wisconsin's legacy lies a profound appreciation for the brave men and women who defend our nation. In recognition of their sacrifices, the Battleship Wisconsin proudly extends an invitation to all active-duty military personnel and veterans, offering them complimentary admission to experience the ship's rich history firsthand the entire month of April, 2024. Military dependents will receive $3 off admission. Must be reserved online, select terms and conditions apply. 

This gesture is more than just a token of gratitude; it's a chance to honor the legacy of service and sacrifice that defines our armed forces. As visitors walk the same decks once trod by generations of sailors, they'll gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs that have shaped our nation's history.

A Community Celebration

The 80th anniversary of the Battleship Wisconsin is not just a milestone for the ship itself but also a moment of celebration for the entire community. Throughout the month of April, special events and exhibits will pay tribute to the ship's legacy, offering visitors of all ages the opportunity to engage with history in a meaningful way.

From educational programs for students to guided tours led by knowledgeable docents, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you're a history buff, a military enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique outing with the family, the Battleship Wisconsin promises an unforgettable experience.

Join Us in Commemorating a Maritime Icon

As the Battleship Wisconsin reaches this remarkable milestone, we invite you to join Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin in celebrating 80 years of maritime excellence and military service. Whether you're a veteran, an active-duty service member, or a civilian with a passion for history, your presence is welcomed aboard.

Step back in time, explore the decks, and discover the stories of courage and camaraderie that have shaped the Battleship Wisconsin's legacy. Featured events include:

  • Birthday Weekend Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • Battleship VIP Experience
  • Nauticus After Dark

Nauticus will host over 80 events/programs throughout the month of April, 2024: Click here for Additional Programing and Events

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