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Visiting the Battleship Iowa this weekend? Send us your pics


Click for larger mapWith the completion of its final voyage from San Francisco Bay, the Battleship Iowa is set to open it's doors to the public as a floating warship museum in its new home at San Pedro's Berth 87 on Saturday.

Initially, less than 10% of the World War II ship's interior will be open to visitors, who can file into the captain's quarters, view the bathtub installed for Franklin Roosevelt, pass through massive galleys and climb a maze of ladders to the bridge, the Times' Steve Chawkins reported.

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Museum-goers can also defend the Iowa in a simulated attack and check out the handprint-sized dent where a Japanese shell slammed into the Iowa's 17-inch thick armor plating. Adult tickets to the muesum will cost $18.

Are you going out to the Iowa ship this weekend? Tweet your photos and your thoughts about one of the largest battleships ever built to @LANow, leave us a note on our local Facebook page, or tell us what you thought of the ship in the comments section.


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-- Samantha Schaefer and Steve Chawkins

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