Battleship New Jersey to Re-Open for Tours on Monday, June 15

CAMDEN WATERFRONT, NJ — The Board of Trustees of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

announced that the ship will re-open for limited, self-guided tours of the exterior decks of the ship, beginning

Monday, June 15.

 

“We are thrilled to re-open our nation’s most decorated Battleship and allow people to experience this national

treasure,” said Marshall Spevak, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship New Jersey. “The

well-being of our staff, volunteers, and guests remains paramount during this time, and with enhanced health

screening measures, we’re proud to re-open in a safe, entertaining, and educational environment.”

 

The Battleship, which suspended all non-essential operations on March 16th due to the outbreak of COVID-19,

will offer a tour of the ship’s exterior decks.  Tour guests will experience the massive 16-inch gun turret,

M2 50-caliber machine guns, 5-inch gun mounts, the  Phalanx CIWS (pronounced “sea-wiz”),  the tomahawk

missile launch boxes, the Seasprite helicopter, the Bofors 40mm gun, the Oerlikon 20mm guns, the recently-

added Captain’s gig and more!

 

“By offering this dynamic external tour, we’ll keep guests outside to avoid some of the tight interior compartments

of the Battleship,” explained Phil Rowan, CEO/Executive Director of the Battleship.  “We hope to open additional

interior spaces aboard the ship in the near future as the pandemic continues to subside and it’s deemed safer by the

State of New Jersey.”

 

Tours of the Battleship will be available every day at 10:00am with the last tour of the day departing at 4:00pm

beginning on June 15.  Guests are encouraged to purchase tour tickets online at www.battleshipnewjersey.org.

Tickets will be discounted to $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, veterans and senior citizens.  Tours

will be limited to 10 people every 15 minutes, which will spread out guests along the tour route to make for a safer

and socially distanced experience.

 

All guests touring the Battleship will be screened with a digital forehead contactless thermometer in the Visitors

Center before redeeming their ticket.  All guests must wear a face covering and practice social distancing of six feet

in the Visitors Center and while touring the Battleship.  The tour route of the Battleship, along with the Visitors Center,

will be continuously cleaned and disinfected by the Battleship’s housekeeping personnel.

 

As a special “Thank You” to people for their patience in quarantining over the past few months, the Battleship is

offering complimentary parking.  Free parking will be available along Clinton St. and in the Marina parking lot, across

from the Philadelphia 76ers Practice Facility.

 

The Battleship New Jersey, a non-profit museum and memorial along the Camden Waterfront, NJ, is our nation’s most

decorated and largest battleship.  During “normal” times, in addition to tours, the Battleship offers group tours, educational

programming, rental event space and overnights.  To stay up to date with what’s happening aboard the Battleship, please

consult our website at www.battleshipnewjersey.org.  For more information, call 609-868-5664.

 

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