A living window on the most important half-century in U.S. history
Kids on the Bus
Kids on the Bus

Virtual Battleship NJ Programs…

Download coloring sheets for print:

Bow    CEC    Chow    Fish    Flag    Helicopter    Mess


Lesson plans:

Build a Battleship    Typhoon Cobra


YouTube broadcast:

Channel: BattleshipNewJersey


New Virtual Field Trips



For students from 4th grade through college…

The Battleship New Jersey, our nation’s most decorated battleship, is an 887-foot long, 45,000-ton living window on the most important half-century in U.S. history.

Students of all ages will walk up the gangway and experience the Big J’s size-nearly three football fields long. And they can:

  • Take a look inside the ship’s legendary 16-inch gun turrets.
  • Visit the Bridge, Communications, Captain’s Cabins, and Officer’s Wardroom.
  • Learn about the role the “Black Dragon” played in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.
  • Climb up and down the companionways.
  • Examine the lockers that had to hold all of a sailor’s personal belongings.
  • Check out the enlisted men’s bunks.

For Kindergarten thru 3rd grade students…

  • Participate in our “Main Deck” tour
  • Learn about the role the “Black Dragon” played in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.
  • Free Scavenger Hunt for your tour.

Scavenger Hunt Answer Key

Meets State Department of Education social studies standards…

School Tour on Battleship New Jersey
School Tour on Battleship New Jersey

The Battleship New Jersey’s Instructor’s Manual provides pre-and post-visit lesson plans-strategies to interest, involve, and motivate students so that they appreciate the Big J’s “Firepower for Freedom.”

On-ship exercises provide students with valuable insights into social studies with lessons that meet New Jersey’s, Pennsylvania’s and Delaware’s Department of Education standards.

Teacher seminars provide suggestions on how to use the Battleship as a cross-curricular tool. And battleship-based lesson plans can help teachers with strategies to:

  • Improve language skills with nautical terms and civilian synonyms.
  • Integrate science and mathematics into the curriculum.
  • Learn what it was like to be a member of a 3,000-member crew with real life examples of the importance of teamwork.
  • And much more.

How to tour the Battleship…

Scale model of the orignial Battleship New Jersey
Scale model of the original Battleship New Jersey

All bags will be collected before the tour begins – backpacks, shopping bags and oversized purses are prohibited aboard ship

For younger students – the staff of the Battleship suggests an K-3rd 1 adult per 5 students, 4th – 12th 1 per 10 students.

Groups may bring pack lunches to eat in the Mess and experience what it was like eating meals as part of the crew. Visitors should wear slacks and footwear with non-skid soles.

For more information…

Visit the Group Tour page on this website.
Email: groups@battleshipnewjersey.org
Call (866) 877-6262, extension 145. All school groups are guided and must be booked in advance.

Price: $10 per person
(bus drivers are free)

Assemblies, Classes, and Outreach

Want the Battleship to come to your school? We can send an expert on the ship to your school to talk about her history and bring some of the ship’s artifacts to you. Each program is tailored to your school or other organization based around age of participants and your groups subject interests. Do the math to Build a Battleship, look at primary sources to hear the history from those who were there, try your hand at the science behind secret codes and much more. Every program allows students to touch pieces of the ship’s history, from uniforms to projectiles to ship equipment. Distance limits apply,

To reserve, email groups@battleshipnewjersey.org
Call (866) 877-6262, ext. 245.

Price: $5 per student