Event dining on the Battleship New Jersey

 

The Battleship New Jersey hosts many private and public events on the ship.
Check out what public events are coming up on our calendar.

Oct
30
Sat
Candy for Kids on Halloween Weekend @ Battleship New Jersey
Oct 30 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Candy for Kids on Halloween Weekend @ Battleship New Jersey
Happy Halloween!
Kids touring the Battleship during the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31, can get a treat of packaged candy for Halloween. Just stop in the Battleship Gift Store in the Visitors Center after your tour!
The Battleship is open for tours every day in October from 11am to 3pm.
Oct
31
Sun
Candy for Kids on Halloween Weekend @ Battleship New Jersey
Oct 31 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Candy for Kids on Halloween Weekend @ Battleship New Jersey
Happy Halloween!
Kids touring the Battleship during the weekend of Saturday, Oct. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 31, can get a treat of packaged candy for Halloween. Just stop in the Battleship Gift Store in the Visitors Center after your tour!
The Battleship is open for tours every day in October from 11am to 3pm.
Nov
5
Fri
Evening Guided Tours: Engine Room @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Evening Guided Tours: Engine Room @ Battleship New Jersey

Friday, October 8, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Descend into the armored citadel of the ship for a 90-minute, family friendly, guided, walking tour of the most powerful engineering plant ever installed on a battleship. Learn how steam powered engines moved the massive ship at record breaking speeds and see the spaces crew members worked in. This hands-on walking tour is fun for all ages and allows guests to climb down seven stories into a fire room to see the huge boilers, an engine room to see the turbines and throttle wheels, and a one of the ship’s many steering positions.

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Own a Piece of Teak Decking from the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm
Own a Piece of Teak Decking from the Battleship @ Battleship New Jersey
This is a four-plank triangular section of our original teak decking.
Approximately 49″ long x 19″ wide with rubberized caulk between the planks. This teak was removed from the main deck on the starboard side of turret 3, the aft 16″/50cal gun, during a major restoration of that area performed in January of 2021.
Judging by the area it was removed from, the method of installation and the coatings on the steel underneath, it is possible that this teak was on board during World War II. It was likely installed in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard either while the ship was originally being built or during a major reactivation in 1968 for service during the Vietnam War. This deck protected the armor plate underneath from damage by the one-ton shells, which were carted over it when ammunition was loaded and insulated several generations of American fighting men from the South Pacific sun while they ate their meals in the mess decks below.
The teak decking will be available to bid for on eBay beginning 6 pm ET, Friday, Nov. 5 online at https://www.ebay.com/itm/165168984552
Nov
8
Mon
Curator Autographed US Battleships Book Auction @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Curator Autographed US Battleships Book Auction @ Battleship New Jersey
The museum will be auctioning several brand-new copies of the new edition of Friedman’s US Battleships Illustrated Design History over the holiday season.
Ryan Szimanski, the Battleship’s Curator and the YouTube channel star, will autograph each copy and personalize it in any way the auction winner would like.
The book, one of Ryan’s all-time favorites, is a must-own for battleship enthusiasts and has long been out of print. These books were generously donated by Naval Institute Press who have a long tradition of supporting naval history organizations like ours. As you start your holiday shopping for the naval history buffs in your life be sure to support us by checking out both the museum and NIP’s online stores.
The first auction will be going live on Monday, Nov. 8 at 7:00 pm EST. Check out our eBay page at www.ebay.com/usr/battleshop. All auction proceeds will directly support the Battleship’s popular YouTube channel.
Nov
11
Thu
Battleship to Unveil Veterans Banners during Veterans Day Ceremony @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Battleship to Unveil Veterans Banners during Veterans Day Ceremony @ Battleship New Jersey

The Battleship will honor our veterans with a ceremony along the promenade leading to the historic ship, where there will also be an unveiling of new banners recognizing Veterans from throughout New Jersey.  The ceremony will begin at 11am on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Battleship volunteer Nan LaCorte will start the ceremony with a rendition of the National Anthem on her bugle.  She will also perform TAPS as a memorial wreath is casted upon the Delaware River.  The ceremony is free to attend.

Veterans can also experience a tour of the Battleship for a donation of any amount on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.  The Battleship is open daily for tours from 11am to 3pm.

The new banners, sponsored by Sheet Metal Workers Union  Local 19, feature  the images of 22 Veterans and others from throughout the Garden State.  These include Adm. William F. Halsey Jr., who called the USS New Jersey his Flag Ship during WWII, WWII Medal of Honor Recipient USMC Sgt. John Basilone,  Four-Star Adm. William J. Fallon, Hilda P Griggs, member of the first and only all-African American Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during WWII, and Lilian Carson, a “Rosie the Riveter” who helped build the USS New Jersey at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  Also recognized on the banner will be the Battleship’s Overnight and Gun Crew Manager, Ken Kersch, who served aboard the USS New Jersey during the Vietnam War,  Russel Collins, who served aboard the New Jersey during WWII and then volunteered on the Battleship until passing in Dec. 2017, and Bob Waters, a Navy veteran during the Korean War who also served in the Curatorial Department of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial.

The banners will fly along the promenade of the Battleship for at least one year.  The Battleship plans on honoring other Veteran heroes in future years.  Guests can also request a booklet with additional details on all of the Veterans honored on the Battleship’s Promenade Banner.  The booklets will be available in the Ship’s Store.

 

 

Evening Guided Tours: Turret II @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 6:00 PM

Join a knowledgeable tour guide in a 90-minute, family friendly, walking tour that takes guests through the five stories of one of Battleship New Jersey’s massive 16″ gun turrets. Visitors will get to stand in the armored gun house where the gun captain oversaw reloading procedures, explore the magazines where 1-ton shells and thousands of powder bags were stored, and pull the triggers in the plotting room where primitive but effective computers aimed the guns over the horizon. This fun for all ages experience includes many hands-on elements that let’s guests see and feel what it was like for a World War II crew member to fire the ship’s guns. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly.

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Nov
14
Sun
Student Day: Native American Admiral JJ “Jocko” Clark @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 1:00 PM – 3:00 PMNative American Admiral, JJ "Jocko" Clark

A special day of education for students and their parents aboard the Battleship New Jersey.

In celebration of Native American Heritage month, learn about one of New Jersey’s admirals, JJ “Jocko” Clark. Clark was born in the Cherokee Nation in the 1890s in what was then described as “Indian Country” and is now known as Oklahoma before going to the Naval Academy, earning his pilot’s wings, and fighting in both World Wars and the Korean War. Between the World Wars, Admiral Clark tested planes that would be used by the Navy during the Second World War. In 1953, Admiral Clark commanded 7th Fleet from New Jersey and was present for the signing of the Armistice ending the Korean War hostilities. In this program designed for elementary school aged students, guests will build their own aircraft to learn about aerodynamics and take a tour of the ship to see where Admiral Clark commanded from.

Admission is a $5 donation for all.

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or call 866-877-6262 ext. 108

Additional sessions will be added in the future.  Please consult this website for details.

Nov
18
Thu
Donate a Toy or Game for Toys for Tots and Get a Free Tour @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 18 @ 11:00 am – Nov 30 @ 3:00 pm
Donate a Toy or Game for Toys for Tots and Get a Free Tour @ Battleship New Jersey
Bring a new toy or game to the Battleship and we’ll give you a free tour with the purchase of an adult tour.
Please support the US Marine Corps Reserves’ Toys for Tots program at the Battleship through Dec. 19. Toys can be dropped off in the bin next to our Gift Shop in the Visitors Center.
Make a child’s holiday nicer and get a free tour of our nation’s most decorated battleship for helping out!
Open everyday, except Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 25, from 11am to 3pm.
Nov
19
Fri
Twilight Adult Tour @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Twilight Adult Tour @ Battleship New Jersey

Experience an “adult-oriented” tour during the evening hours! This adult tour, led by a member of our curatorial team, will take guests through rarely seen parts of the ship and will showcase the more mature sailor art created over the years, as well as share some adult stories. Guests will can enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or a soft drink after the tour on the Main Deck Portside area and watch the sun set over Philly!

Must be over 21 years old.

Tickets are a $30 Donation per adult

$15 for Battleship Members

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Nov
27
Sat
Book Discussion with Historian Paul Stillwell @ Battleship New Jersey
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Book Discussion with Historian Paul Stillwell @ Battleship New Jersey
Paul Stillwell, an author, independent historian and retired naval officer, will discuss his new book, Battleship Commander, at 1pm on Saturday, Nov. 27 in the Officers’ Wardroom of the Battleship. This is the first-ever biography of Vice Admiral Willis A. Lee Jr., who served a key role during World War II in the Pacific. Recognizing the achievements and legacy of one of the war’s top combat admirals has been long overdue until now.
Battleship Commander explores Lee’s life from boyhood in Kentucky through his eventual service as commander of the fast battleships from 1942 to 1945. Paul Stillwell draws on more than 150 first-person accounts from those who knew and served with Lee from boyhood until the time of his death.
The presentation by Mr. Stillwell is free to experience with the purchase of a tour of the Battleship.
Dec
4
Sat
Author Presentation on Japanese-Occupied Phillippines During WWII @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Author Presentation on Japanese-Occupied Phillippines During WWII @ Battleship New Jersey

Author Celeste Ramos-Martin will speak about her upcoming book series, “Children of the Pearl” on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at noon in the Officers’ Wardroom of the Battleship.

The Children of the Pearl series of wartime adventures are based on her parents’ experiences during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. The first book of the series, “Boy of the Pearl,” based on her father’s boyhood recollections, will be published in 2022. “Girl of the Pearl” is scheduled for 2024.

The author’s presentation is free to experience with the purchase of a tour of the Battleship, which is open every day, except Christmas, from 11am to 3pm or tours in December .

Dec
7
Tue
Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration Ceremony @ Battleship New Jersey
Camden and Gloucester counties will partner on the annual Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration event on the fantail of the Battleship New Jersey at 10am on Tuesday, Dec. 7.
Local dignitaries, veterans, live music by the Eastern High School Marching Band, and a memorial wreath presentation will be part of the ceremony, which is free for guests to attend.
Dec
11
Sat
Holiday Train Display @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – Dec 26 @ 3:00 pm
Holiday Train Display @ Battleship New Jersey

Experience a Holiday Train Display Aboard the Battleship!

A new Holiday model train display will be available for guests to experience in the Wardroom from Saturday, Dec. 11 through Sunday Dec. 26.

This display, courtesy of the South Jersey Garden Railroad Society (SJGRS), will be free to experience with a tour of the Battleship.

The Battleship will be open for tours everyday in December,  except for Christmas, Dec. 25.

Dec
31
Fri
Admiral’s VIP New Year’s Fireworks Experience, Dec. 31, 6pm @ Battleship New Jersey
Dec 31 @ 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Admiral's VIP New Year's Fireworks Experience, Dec. 31, 6pm @ Battleship New Jersey
Watch the New Year’s Fireworks like an Admiral!
The Battleship’s Admiral’s VIP New Year’s Fireworks shows includes a guided tour of the World’s Greatest Battleship. Then you’ll enjoy appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks in the heated Admiral’s and Captain’s Cabins. Before the fireworks begin, we’ll bring you to the Navigation Bridge, where you can watch the fireworks from inside the bridge. If it’s nice out, you can go outside the bridge to enjoy the show!
A $200 donation per person for this special package.
Parking along Clinton Street, close to the Battleship is included
Choose from three fireworks shows:
– 6pm, New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31
– 12am, New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
– 6pm, New Year’s Day, Jan. 1
The guided tours will begin at 3:30pm for the 6pm shows and 9:30pm for the 12am show.