A Floating Museum: Battleship New Jersey

62 Battleship Pl., Camden, New Jersey In service from 1942–1991, the Iowa-class battleship USS New Jersey saw action in WW2,

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.

Battleship New Jersey, New Jersey
Visitors to the U.S. Navy’s largest and most decorated battleship, in service from 1942–1991, can tour everything from the captain’s cabin and the crew mess to the post office and medical and dental facilities.

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.

www.battleshipnewjersey.org
(866) 877-6262; (856) 966-1652

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest