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Our crew is confident you’ll be amazed at the areas available to explore and the ongoing efforts to preserve and maintain this iconic national treasure. We’re ready for your family and friends to share the history and educational experiences offered at The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial. We look forward to your visit!


Visitors Center

Upon arrival, guests are advised to stop in the Visitors Center located land-side across from the Battleship. Our Ticket Office assists individuals, families and groups looking to start their tour.

All tour guests must pass a health screening, wear a face covering and practice social distancing.

Ship Mannequin Wearing a Face Covering   For Today's Visit All Tour Guests Enter Here

Visitor Center Amenities:

  • Lockers
  • Educational Videos
  • Restrooms (we recommend “hitting the head” before heading to the ship but there are some restrooms aboard)
  • Water Fountains
  • Vending Machines
  • Tables and Chairs with Board Games


Entering the Ship

To get on the ship, stay to the right and climb the stairs, or use the elevator behind the stairs. You then cross over a metal brow that rises and lowers with the tide connecting the pier stairs/elevator to the deck of the ship.

Stairs and elevators from the pier to the battleships brow.   Metal brow or bridge connecting the pier tower to the ship.


Ladders and Knee Knockers

Full tours of the Battleship New Jersey are physical and require climbing and descending steep steps (called ladders by the Navy). You will also be stepping over “knee knockers” or high step openings along the tour.

A steep ladder with hand rails along the tour route.   A step before a high step opening inside the ship.


How to Dress

We advise guests to dress casually and wear comfortable walking or athletic shoes with non-skid soles. It is strongly suggested that high-heeled and open toe shoes or any article of clothing that might compromise safety be avoided while exploring the Big J.

No high-heels sign.  No flip-flops sign.


Carrying Infants

Front carriers are required for infants and toddlers. You will have to leave your stroller under a land-side awning or in your car. Carriers are available for purchase in the Visitors Center.



Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any accessibility concerns.

  • Our main deck tour option that is roughly 45 mins and full of valuable information.
  • There are wheelchair accessible elevators under the forward and aft entry stairs to provide access to the battleship.
  • Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available as well as gender neutral restrooms with baby changing tables.
  • Chairs and benches are located around the ship to allow people to sit and rest.
  • Service animals are welcome aboard although it is unlikely that they can negotiate the steep ladders and its recommended they only do the main deck tour.
  • Reveille! Sensory Friendly Days. A relaxed opening suitable for families that would benefit from a quieter museum experience. Additional hands-on programs will be going on and a modified tour route will be available to those wishing to avoid the battleship’s stairs. A quiet room will be open to any that wish to use it. Check our calendar for exact days. If your group would benefit from a more relaxed experience on other days, please e-mail to set up a special tour.  More Reveille! Information.




For scheduled Curator’s Tours and events, email or call 866-877=6262 x 144.


Fire Power Self-Guided Tour

Our self-guided interior and exterior tour.


Turret II Guided Tour

The interactive Turret II guided tour brings guests five decks to the bottom of the 16-inch gun turret. Along the way, you’ll load powder bags, hoist a projectile in an elevator, plot a firing solution on an analog computer and pull the trigger to simulate the firing of this massive gun. This tour finishes with a walk down Broadway. Suggested ages: 8+

This optional add-on tour is included with the purchase of a Fire Power Tour for a limited time on Saturdays and Sundays.


Steam to Speed Engineering Guided Tour

Begins in the crew’s mess, which is near the end of the current Fire Power tour. Guests will get to walk through both fire room two with two of the ship’s eight boilers and engine room two with one of the ship’s turbine units that turns one of the four propellers and two turbo generators, which create electrical power for some of the 1,000 motors on the ship. Guests will see the throttle board where speed was controlled and burners where fuel consumption was controlled.  They will get to go down to the hold and look up at one of the ship’s massive propeller shafts.

This optional add-on tour is included with the purchase of a Fire Power Tour for a limited time on Saturdays and Sundays.


Jason’s Kids Kompartment

Pre-school children can enjoy Jason’s Kids Kompartment, presented by Lockheed-Martin.  This space offers a safe and fun area for younger kids to play.  The space features a small boat for kids to captain, a play galley area, Sixers basketball, blocks, coloring books and more!  The Kids Kompartment is part of the Battleship’s Fire Power tour.

Kids Kompartment playroom.


Ship’s Store

The Ship’s Store located on the ship, offers an assortment of Battleship gifts and merchandise, including USS New Jersey hats, models, books, themed plush animals, dog tags and more. You can visit the Ship’s Store with or without a tour, inquire at the Visitors Center. Many of our items for sale are made in the USA.



The Battleshop in the visitors center offers an assortment of Battleship gifts and merchandise, including USS New Jersey hats, models, books, themed plush animals, dog tags and more. Many of our items are Made in the USA.


Chow Line

The Chow Line inside the ship is open from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Saturdays. We are currently offering hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, chips, sodas and beer.


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