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Nauticus, Norfolk

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Tour a battleship, go underwater in a submersible, or pet a few crabs at Nauticus. This educational museum's interactive exhibits teach visitors about the sea and U.S. naval endeavors. Go aboard USS Wisconsin, one of the largest battleships ever constructed by the U.S. Navy. In the Secrets of the Deep exhibit, climb inside a submersible and control the robotic arm that is used to collect items from the sea bed. At Horseshoe Crab Cove, you can handle some of the occupants of Chesapeake Bay. Put Nauticus on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Norfolk tourist route planner.
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  • August 13, 2017
    I visited here because I wanted to see the USS Wisconsin. Unfortunately, I came late in the day and had only an hour, so I split my time between the two, a half hour at the ship and a half hour at Nau...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    I was going on a harbor cruise but it was raining very hard so I visited Nauticus instead. Lots of maritime history of the Norfolk area here plus the Battleship Wisconsin BB-64. There are many interac...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    History, history, history! Visited with my 7 and 10 years old kids, they loved it. Specially being able to pet the horseshoe crabs!  more »
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  • June 20, 2017
    It is a great, historical experience where visitors can see and touch parts of this great battleship. Imagine what it was like to do battle and be out to sea for what seemed like endless periods of time. Plan to get there early if you want to see it all. It is attached to a museum so there is even MORE to see. A worthwhile adventure.
  • June 17, 2017
    We stayed overnight on the Battleship Wisconsin, the 3 of.us, & had a great time. The team is so friendly & give really interesting tours both in the evening & the following morning. We made a seabot & had a competition, saw "The Last Battleship", which is very interesting, so we bought our own copy from the Nauticus bookstore. We enjoyed breakfast with the team in the morning, & they supplied us with cold bottles of water several times. The Nauticus itself is a great museum which we had time to tour last year.
  • July 5, 2017
    Great museum, go for the vip ticket it's really worth it! We spent hours in the museum and on the boat. The visit was great and the staff extremely knowledgeable! Highly recommended of you visit Norfolk
  • June 23, 2017
    It's a large museum with lots of interesting stuff if you are at all interested in naval ships and operation. The ship was probably the most interesting thing to me but it was so hot outside that you didn't want to take the time to look at everything.
  • June 28, 2017
    It was fun for kids, informative for adults, there is a variety of things to do and see related to ocean and navy. The self guided tour was worth the money if you want to be on a battleship.

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