Battleship IOWA is the West Coast’s only Battleship open to the public. Operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center (PBC), the IOWA opened on July 7, 2012 as an interactive naval museum at the L.A. Waterfront. It is dedicated to “Celebrating the American Spirit” through the preservation and interpretation of the Battleship IOWA. By sharing the accomplishments and sacrifices of American patriots and engaging visitors in unique and exciting ways PBC bring the ship to life by connecting the past with the future.
Pacific Battleship Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that operates the Battleship USS Iowa as a museum & education platform. The organization does not endorse or promote any political candidates or advocacy organizations. We provide a community platform to all groups and organizations, regardless of political affiliation. For over 70 years, the USS Iowa has protected America’s freedoms and continues to do so today.
We receive no funding from the City or County of Los Angeles, the State of California, or the federal government. The State of Iowa is instrumental in the preservation of the Battleship Iowa and telling its story and provided $3,000,000 to the startup operation of the Pacific Battleship Center. We rely on admissions, memberships, and donations from corporations and individual donors. Donations and sponsorships go towards the start-up and expansion of a variety of programs including education, museum, tours, and long-term preservation & restoration.
The Pacific Battleship Center participates in employer match programs. The Pacific Battleship Center is a public charity organized under IRS code 501(c)3 and donations to the organization are tax deductible.