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1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 USA

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“Chart a course full of family fun!”

Nauticus is an attraction located in Norfolk, Virginia, just a short distance away from Virginia Beach. Found on One Waterside Drive, Nauticus is conveniently located and very fun to see in person. It is interesting to children and adults alike. This attraction is an assemblage of science and technology exhibits. Many of the center’s exhibits are interactive. Here, people can learn about the economic and naval power of the sea.

Nauticus is also home of the Battleship Wisconsin. Not only does the center collect many exhibits that relate to the original USS Wisconsin, but it also has the BB-64 live and in living color. This was the original ship used in the Pacific Theater of World War II, the Korean War, Navy reserve fleets and Operation Desert Storm. She “retired” in 1991 and earned six battle stars. On April 16, 2010, a formal ceremony took place, showing that the Battleship Wisconsin was now the legal property of the City of Norfolk. Now visitors can enjoy hands-on exhibits of the ship, HD films, sharks and other nice features.

The museum is larger than it might appear to be. Visitors are told to plan for at least two hours of visiting, if not more, while touring the center and the third floor of the Nauticus. If you want to explore the entire Battleship Wisconsin then make plans to stay at least 3-4 hours!

There are many educational programs on-hand including field trips, outreach programs, science camps and science adventures. Visitors can look forward to watching an HD film at the Nauticus Theater. The screen is 50 x 24 and uses a Christie CP2000 digital High Definition DLP projector. In fact, there is only one such display device in the entire tri-state area!

Permanent exhibits at the Nauticus include the Jamestown Exposition, an examination of the period between 1880 and 1907, Secrets of the Deep, which has an actual submersible unit and a robotic arm, and an SOS Station, which simulates being suspended in orbit 22,000 miles above earth. The Horseshoe Crab Cove offers children the chance to touch exotic sea animals. There are many permanent and visiting exhibits at Nauticus.

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  • 3 Helpful
January 23, 2015

Alot of neat things to do , but my opinion dont think its worth the money . Tickets to this place are expensive .

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May 21, 2017
Rated 5.0

This was AWESOME. We did the basic package and still had an amazing experience!

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January 13, 2017
Rated 5.0

Very interesting to tour. Did the self guided tour but was still able to learn a lot. Highly recommended.

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October 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

We enjoyed this so much. We would visit monthly if we lived closer. There is so much history. We stood in awe on this massive ship. It would be difficult with young children. We spent about 4 hours here. There is lots of history displays. They have opened the lower deck on the ship where the bunks, chapel and post office were. There are lots of stairs on the ship and it is stuffy in the lower deck.

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June 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

If you're a navy vet or just a naval enthusiast, this is a must see.

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1 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, Virginia
23510 USA


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