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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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  • Compare to previous visits, we think it improved a lot and got modernized. We wish we had spend all of our time here than the last 1 1/2 hours on the Wisconsin next door (which needs TLC)  more »
  • We were excited to climb aboard...but the cashier was so inattentive and uninterested in us visiting that we decided to forgo the trip. She was really unpleasant and didn't even seem to care if we pur...  more »
  • You start on the third floor and work your way down. The third floor highlights the harbor and the Port. You are also exposed to the naval history of the Hampton Roads area. The second floor is all ab...  more »
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  • So much fun!! Our children are 7 and 2 and they had the best time! So much for them to touch and do. I was very impressed that as a parent i enjoyed it and also my kids loved it. Best of both worlds. We had such an enjoyable time we got a memebership. It was also amazing how much of the USS Wisconsin we had access to. Could easily spend hours between the museum and ship.
  • No trip to Norfolk is complete unless you visit Nauticus! The museum was great but our tour of the Wisconsin was the icing on the cake!
  • You can easy spend a whole afternoon here WITHOUT going to the big ship next door for the free topside tour. Lots of great displays, including the Pilothouse of the USS PREBLE, the alignment systems for the 16" guns, and a fun you-build-it river channel that my nephews and grandson loved. For the season they even have a Christmas Towne...
  • Awesome Museum! If you like the Museum just wait till you see the Wisconsin! They've done a great job restoring her to her WWII glory!
  • This is a really neat museum with some indoor/outdoor elements. You can stand in a ship's belly and also stand on a ship (USS Wisconsin). The marine science exhibitions are informative and there is a lot you can actually pick up and touch.