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San Pedro's Battleship Iowa museum opens; send your photos

July 7, 2012 | 10:00 am


Click for larger mapThe Battleship Iowa, originally commissioned in 1943 and among the biggest U.S. warships ever built, opens today as a floating warship museum in San Pedro's Berth 87.

The ship is one of 48 that have been donated to coastal communities in need of tourism and upgraded waterfronts. Leaders and boosters of the historic ship are hopeful the museum will be a success, The Times' Steve Chawkins reported.

Initially, less than 10% of the ship's interior will be open to visitors, who can file into the captain's quarters, view the bathtub installed for FDR, pass through massive galleys and climb a maze of ladders to the bridge. Additional tours will be added over the next four years.

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Museum-goers can also watch a computer-animated film packed with the sound and fury of combat at sea — and there's a room where gamers can control the Iowa's defenses during a simulated air attack. Tickets for adults will cost $18.

The ship recently completed its final voyage from San Francisco Bay and greeted its new San Pedro home with hundreds of elected officials, civilians and sailors who served on the ship during World War II on board.

Are you going out to visit the "battleship of presidents" this weekend? Tweet your photos and your observations 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