Historical Attractions

Nauticus Norfolk

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Nauticus
1 Waterslide Drive
Norfolk
VA
23510
Tel: 757-664-1000

Where are we going today?

All aboard...it's time to visit Nauticus!

If you are a family who loves history, or loves maritime adventure, then you might just want to keep reading!

Nauticus is historical, and fascinating, and of course...fun! You can't help but first be impressed with how huge the Battleship Wisconsin is. It's actually one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S Navy.

Step aboard, and explore it's deck through your own self-guided tour that will take you back in time. Can you imagine what it would have been like living and working in such a place. Well, on the tours you will find out!

The battleship earned 5 battle stars during WWII - so there is quite a history to explore!

Nauticis also has a museum filled with both permanent and changing exhibits that cover a range of fascinating topics. The permanent exhibits can let you explore the secrets of the deep, where you can learn all about The Celia submarine, and your family can actually control a 9-foot long robotic arm to try and collect artifacts and samples off the seabed!

You can imagine yourself gazing down upon earth as you are suspended 22,000 miles above the surface, and kids in particular will love Horseshoe Crab Cove there they can actually touch exotic sea creatures in the tide pool!

Nauticus is also able to get you face to face with their newest additions....sharks....and kids can learn all about the living seashore and inhabitants of Chesapeake Bay. Pretty cool!

Maritime fun is waiting at this great and popular Norfolk attraction!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTickets range $15.95 - $35.95
  • ChildrenTickets range $11.50 - $31.50 (ages 4 to 11)
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily. Labor Day to Memorial - closed Mon / Noon - 5pm Sunday

All year round. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day.

Teachers corner

They offer several educational programs including field trips, science camps, preschool science adventure and outreach programs!.

I'm Hungry!

Dockside Cafe has a salad bar, chicken wing bar, and other tastes! .

Healthy Eating!

There is an outdoor dining area if you want to bring your own lunch, or they have salads in the cafe.

Any Top Tips?

Plan about 2 to 3 hours for the museum, and an extra 2 hours for the Battleship.

Doing our bit

The collections have been meticulously preserved and collated, and displayed, so the history of the maritime can be explored for years to come. They are dedicated to preserving the history and profits go back into the preservation.

Need a little extra help?

There is wheelchair accessibility throughout the building and on the main deck of the USS Wisconsin.

Can I get one of those?

Banana Pier Gift Shop is on the first floor, and have over 3,000 sq feet of shopping! Books, toys, decor…all yours to take home!.

More information

The prices range from basic admission, to extras such as films. Check the best package ticket for you.

What people are saying?

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    We went on a field trip here with a large group of people. The service was poor and we were not actually allowed to tour the museum or even sit in the museum. The girls had no choice but to stay up late to watch a movie after an exhausting day because of the decision making of Tami (the boss of Nauticus). Our girls were not allowed in the museum and had to wait outside for up to three hours for their parents to pick them up.

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    One rainy day on a vacation to Williamsburg we were told about Nauticus.....what a treasure. Our young children were thrilled with all there was to see and do. The older adults were entertained and enjoyed it as well. Next visit we will plan for a return trip.

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    One of our favorite places to visit. So many learning opportunities and my lieutenant (who is also an historian) gives the best tours.

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    Cool museum

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