62 Battleship Pl., Camden, New Jersey
In service from 1942–1991, the Iowa-class battleship USS New Jersey saw action in WW2, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. Surviving kamikaze attacks and violent typhoons, the Big J, as it came to be called, is the largest and most decorated battleship in U.S. naval history. Now a floating museum, the battleship gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the ship’s history and experience what life was like for a battleship sailor.
Self-guiding and volunteer-led tours take visitors to the many areas open to the public, including the bridge, the captain’s cabin, berthing areas, the crew’s mess, the Combat Engagement Center, the main gun turrets, and more. Visitors can sit in Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s chair from which he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet, squeeze into sleeping bunks, and climb into one of the massive 16-inch gun turrets. Exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past and narratives from former crew members complete this memorable experience.
Open Fri.–Mon. Jan.–Feb.; daily Mar.–Dec.; closed major holidays. Admission charged.
(866) 877-6262; (856) 966-1652