Fire Power (self-guided tour)

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Fire Power Tour

This overall view of the Battleship New Jersey takes guests five levels up and two decks below. The Main Deck features an Exhibit/Museum that encompasses the 48 years in and out of service. Guides are available for questions and conversations in the Captain’s Quarters and CEC. For a limited time on Saturdays and Sundays, the tour also includes two complimentary guided extensions found along the route:

Engineering “Steam to Speed” Guided Tour Extension – Walk through both fire room two and engine room two. Learn about the ship’s boilers and turbines. Climb under one of the ship’s massive propeller shafts.

Turret II Guided Tour Extension – An interactive experience that tasks you with loading the powder bags, hoisting a projectile in an elevator, and pulling the trigger to simulate the 16-inch guns firing. Finish with a walk down Broadway.

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40mm Saluting Gun Shoot

Have a blast and help support the World’s Greatest Battleship at the same time!

We fire our 40mm Gun on Saturdays from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM. (We cannot guarantee your ability to shoot the gun if you arrive at the ship after 2:00 PM)  For a $50.00 donation to the Battleship, you can fire our 40mm Saluting gun when you come and visit the Battleship.  Proceeds from the gun shoot go to support the on-going restoration of Battleship New Jersey and to support the museum’s education mission.  Please check in with the ticket box office upon arrival to set up your shoot time.

You can upgrade to fire a 5-inch gun salute for a $500 donation!  *This must be scheduled in advance for preparation, email:

Only available on Saturdays from 12:00- 2:00 PM.

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Curator’s and Curatorial Guided Tours

These two types of guided, three-hour-long tours by the Curator and the Curatorial staff will take your group to places that only these guides can show you. A Curator’s Tour, led by Ryan Szimanski, is available for a donation of $1,000. Ryan will take guests to some of his favorite places, many as seen on the museum’s YouTube Channel. Or your group can experience a tour with a knowledgeable member of our curatorial team for a $500 donation. These reservation-only, private tours are available for groups of up to 10 people. Please email or call 856-296-4987 to make your reservation today.


Twilight Adult Tour

Friday Sept. 10, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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.

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After Hours: Engineering “Steam to Speed” Guided Tour

Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 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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After Hours: Turret II Guided Tour

Friday, September 24, 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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Student Days – Chart Your Way

Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM

A special day of education for students and their parents aboard the ship.

How does the ship’s navigator know that the water is deep enough for a battleship? Or if the ship can fit under a particular bridge? Navigational charts are maps of waterways. Learn to read them and test your skills to see if you can safely navigate New Jersey into port! Join Battleship Educators for a tour of the ship and an activity. This month’s tour will include a visit to the ship’s navigation bridge and chart house as well as the opportunity to raise signal flags to signify that the battleship plans to alter course.

Admission is a $5 donation for all.

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