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Battleship New Jersey, Camden

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4.6/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web
The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is located at 62 Battleship Place, Camden, New Jersey, United States. This museum ship preserves and displays the, the most decorated battleship to have served in the U.S. Navy and one of the largest ever built.
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  • Visited the USS New Jersey Battleship! Very interesting and so much history! I learned a lot! Went up and down the decks and learned about life of the crew on the battleship! 
  • I love WWII history and all of the places, people and things that make up this chapter in America‚Äôs past. While the events surrounding the early days of this ship include the horrific battles of the S...  read more »
  • Even though you can tell that the weather has taken a little bit of a toll on this beauty, it is still in excellent condition and well worth a visit. Everything inside gives you a great perspective an...  read more »
  • i wasn't so excited about this place.. ideally there are many places you can take picture, but the lighting was nearly impossible in places. and it never told you the era your in right now. the 1940's? 60's? 80's? they used the ship over and over again and you kept hopping around the time era's, it was confusing. you must not have a backpack or any other bulky bag, wear sneakers, don't be too tall. you have to step over a lot of bulk head doors, some are pretty tall. all the stairs are more like ladders. you have walk down the backward. and its very hard on the knees and ankles. you will be going outside of the ship very often, while this does get you a nice view of the skyline, if its raining, you will get wet, and i'm betting it will be slippery. there are a lot of places to trip on this. there only seems to be one bathroom, this is one of the stars i removed, its hard to find and is only one the main deck. we had a hard time finding it. if you have a kid with a leaky bladder - i wouldn't visit this place yet. they have a cafeteria with seats you can barely sit in. its meant for a very lean person or a child. they are kind of like the kid section at a mc donalds. the food there was very reasonable, $4-5 for most things, i didn't eat it, but it smelled nice and there was ample seating. the museum part was like a catacomb, you had no idea where you were going. there is a turret on the main deck you can go in... do not go in there if your claustrophobic or if its really hot outside. we went at 85f with 40% humidity, and it was like a sauna inside. and very tight. the opening was the tightest of all, and you had to get on your hands and knees to get under the guns. why they couldn't design a system you could just walk into is beyond me. there are lots of neat things to look at and play with in there, but there is room for only about 4 people, and that's squeezed in there. and getting out is very hard as well. i came back with my shirt smelling oddly of paint. there were no people around the entire boat. only in 1 place did i "See" a person, and she was hiding in the shadows. there are a number of dummies though. so if you had a problem and needed help, i don't know of a real way to get that help. and its so easy to get lost, looking for help would be hard, and getting them out of there would be near impossible. overall its an ok place to visit, nothing really was memorable other than the pain in my hips and knees. it gave a nice view of the philladelphia skyline, it would be hard to do this in the winter (probably impossible), and rain would be an issue. overall it was a bit bland for me... as for your camera, if you have an slr, i recommend a flash, a prime or something fast. there are rooms that are totally black, many shadows, and tight areas. no room for a tripod. bring a bag that is very low key, they will take your back pack - and you will get stuck if you had one.
  • Amazing battleship! Definitely worth the visit. The self tour is well laid out and informative. Several hours can be spent touring the ship and viewing the exhibits at mid ship. Don't miss going inside one of the main turrets. This is a fantastic piece of history you will enjoy experiencing in person.
  • This is a great museum experience. The simple sight of this ship at anchor is a wonder. The exhibits are well designed, the self guided audio tour is great. Our visit was a great experience.
  • This is something you rarely get to experience. Living history! Spanning from World War 2, with Admiral Halsey on the deck, to launching tomahawk cruise missiles in Desert storm. This amazing piece of engineering blew my mind with it's sheer size. If you have any interest in military history or just love the idea of those massive 16in guns, you need to jump on board. She's definitely showing her age, but it made me feel good knowing that my purchased tickets and some additional donations I made on board are going to help bring her back :)
  • The upkeep they've done is great. So much history on the ship, you get to walk through basically the whole thing. Plan on 2-3 hours if you're interested in history.
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