The Battleship Wisconsin has turned 75!

Three generations took her to sea. The 4th generation will bring her back to life so that we can tell “their stories, our history”.

Come be a member of the 4th generation crew and prepare for a community-wide celebration on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th!


Special 75th Anniversary
Commissioning Ceremony

April 16, 10 a.m. 

On April 16, 1944, the USS Wisconsin was commissioned in Philadelphia and went on to serve proudly in WWII, the Korean Conflict and the Persian Gulf War.

On April 16, 2019, at 10 a.m., Nauticus, military, city and state officials will mark the 75th anniversary of the occasion with a special ceremony on board the ship. In order to share this event with as many Battleship Wisconsin veterans as possible, Nauticus will broadcast it live on the Battleship Wisconsin’s Facebook page.

The Battleship Wisconsin will be open to the public during the ceremony. Therefore, visitors on board at the time may view the ceremony first-hand.

ALBESILA Luminarium

by Architects of Air
In conjunction with the Battleship’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, Nauticus will celebrate its 25th birthday!
In recognition, join us:

April 12-22, (rain or shine)

MacArthur Center Green. This walk-through art experience is a massive labyrinth in which visitors are immersed in a maze of 27 egg-shaped domes—a phenomenon of ever-changing light, shapes and color! Albesila’s centerpiece is its 73-foot high, multi-colored dome, which takes it inspiration from the “Spiral of Life” with a galaxy of 288 stars swirling upward. Albesila will be open (rain or shine) Monday through Friday from noon until 6 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Fee. For more information, visit nauticus.org.

6th Annual Frisky on the Wisky

May 11, 6-10 p.m.

Join us on Saturday, May 11, for an evening of assorted tastes by local restaurants, specialty drinks, live entertainment, dancing, games, silent auction and more aboard the Battleship Wisconsin’s fantail. Fee. VIP and main event tickets available for purchase at Sailnauticus.org. Hurry, this is a sell-out event!

75th Anniversary Celebration

May 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 19, Noon – 5 p.m.

Only $7.50 admission (plus tax) each day for adults and children.

Enjoy these activities* all weekend!
  • Opening of new spaces
    including “Broadway,” the ship’s hospital, barber shop, library, Chief’s Mess, and laundry facilities.
  • Meet Battleship Wisconsin vets
  • FREE Krispy Kreme donuts (Sat.)
    in the ship’s Donut Shop while supplies last!
  • FREE cupcakes (Sun.), while supplies last!
  • Sneak peek performance of Dames at Sea
    by The Hurrah Players
  • Entertainment by Good Shot Judy, Phil Poteat & more!
  • Hands-on kids activities & crafts
    Face Painters * Games * Gift Shop Special offers * Flag Ceremony
  • Members Only “Sneak” Preview (Sat.,) at 9 a.m.

*All activities, some of which will vary each day, are included in Nauticus admission.

Nauticus’ 25th Birthday Party!

June 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Enjoy a special birthday-inspired admission rate, giveaways,
music, face painting, balloon animals, and MORE!

Harborfest Celebration

June 7-9

Visitors to America’s largest and longest-running, free maritime festival will be encouraged to visit the battleship to celebrate her history and legacy.

Dames at Sea

July 19-21 & 26-28

It’s showtime! Nauticus is teaming up with The Hurrah Players to present Broadways’ tap-dancing sensation, DAMES AT SEA on the ship’s fantail. The show is a tale of nautical love and adventure on the high seas – fun for the whole family. Fee. Details and tickets at hurrahplayers.com.

Steel Beach Barbecue Classic

September 7, 2-6 p.m.

This inaugural, one-of-a-kind event aboard the Battleship, will feature tastings from Hampton Roads top barbecue restaurants, craft beer/wine, live music and entertainment. All proceeds from the event will directly support the Battleship Wisconsin’s ongoing restoration, preservation and educational programs. Fee. Tickets on sale June 1 at Nauticus.org.