Frequently Asked Questions

This collection of frequently asked questions (FAQ) provides brief answers to many common questions asked by our guests. Some of the answers will direct you to a page on our site, some will direct you to the City of Norfolk or Cruise Norfolk website. Click on the question to reveal the answer. If your question isn't answered here, please use our search engine. If your question still is not answered, fill out our contact form and you will receive a quick reply.

Nauticus is an exciting interactive science and technology center that explores the naval, economic, and nautical power of the sea. Home of the Battleship Wisconsin, Nauticus features Battleship Wisconsin-related exhibits, hands-on exhibits, national-caliber traveling exhibits, HD films on a giant screen, sharks, the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and more!

Please visit our admissions page as our rates vary depending on event.

Please visit our admissions page as our hours of operation vary depending on event.

Nauticus
One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 664-1000
Toll Free: 800-664-1080
Email: Contact Form
Fax: (757) 623-1287

Yes! Please visit our Group Reservations page for more information.

Yes. Gift certificates are available from the Banana Pier Gift Shop. For more information, email Elizabeth Joseph or contact the gift shop by phone, 757-664-1023 or 800-664-1080 ext 41023.

Yes! For more information, please visit our membership page.

You should plan to spend 2 to 3 hours to tour the Hampton Roads Naval Museum and the third floor of Nauticus. 3 to 4 hours if you include the Battleship Wisconsin.

Use the following link to enter your beginning address. Click on "Get Directions" to have a mapquest map generated with personalized directions.

Map Your Route

From the North or Northwest (Williamsburg/Richmond)

Take I-64 East
Exit onto 264 West towards Downtown Norfolk
Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9)
Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

From the South or Southwest

Take I-64 West
Exit onto 264 West towards Downtown Norfolk
Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9)
Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

From the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Take I-264 West towards Downtown Norfolk
Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9)
Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

Hourly garage parking is available at Plume Street, Main Street or at several nearby City of Norfolk parking garages. Visit the City of Norfolk's Parking Department for more information.

The NET bus schedule is Monday-Friday, 6:30am-11:00 pm; Saturday, Noon-Midnight; Sunday, Noon-8:00 pm and runs every 6 to 18 minutes. The NET bus stops directly in front of Nauticus on the weekends and one block away on Main Street on weekdays. For more detailed information and maps please visit the City of Norfolk's NET Bus webpage.

Yes. We offer the following:

  • Wheelchair accessibility throughout the building and on board the main deck of the Battleship Wisconsin
  • Five on-site handicapped-reserved parking spaces (Handicapped parking is unavailable on cruise ship days.)
  • Wheelchairs for guests available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Handicapped-reserved spaces in the Nauticus Theater.
  • Exhibit and movie scripts are available upon request. (check out at the admissions desk)
  • Assisted listening devices available upon request in Nauticus theater. (Please let the theater staff know prior to show starting that you will require the ALD.)
  • Audio Tours for the Battleship Wisconsin are available. (check out at the admissions desk).
  • Sign Language interpreters can be provided with a minimum of two-weeks notice. Please call The Director of Visitor Operations at 757-664-1019 to place a request or the Group Sales Manager at 757-664-1021 for a group visit of 15 or more people.
  • TTY phone available for use at the Admissions desk
  • Closed-captioned exhibits throughout the building
  • Two elevators with access to Second and Third floors.

We offer several educational programs. You can learn more about what we offer by visiting the links below:

We offer several educational programs geared towards teachers. Present your teacher ID card at the admissions desk and receive a free pre-visit to Nauticus plus 10% off of purchases in the Banana Pier Gift Shop. You can learn more about what we offer by visiting the link below, call (757) 664-1024 or e-mail reservations@nauticus.org

Yes. You can experience the wonders of science in your facility by scheduling an exciting Science SOL-based Nauticus Outreach program. All of our programs are hands-on, educational and fun! They have been designed to teach your students about basic scientific concepts and their applications in the real world. For more information, visit these pages:

When you have an event at Nauticus or at the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, it's all about experiencing the power of the sea. Nauticus can accommodate nearly any size group for a wide range of spectacular indoor and outdoor events throughout the year! Selecting the location for your event is easy. Just start with the number of guests you expect and choose the area in which you're interested. Rates are based on a three-hour evening event, with additional time available at an additional cost. Rates include exhibits in your rental area as well as set-up, clean-up time, staff, tables, chairs and linens to accommodate 175 guests. To view rental rates, please visit our Museum Rentals page.

No. The Nauticus theater shows large format HD films on a 50 x 24 foot screen in glorious High Definition. The Nauticus Theater uses a Christie CP2000 digital High Definition DLP projector (1 of only 10 in use in the United States and the only one in our tri-state area), an EVS Airbox High Definition video server (the same servers used to broadcast the Olympics in High Definition) and Lexicon and Symetrix digital audio processors.

The movies shown in our theater are constantly changing. We offer "USS Wisconsin: The Last Battleship" and "Gateway to the World" for groups and tours with advanced reservation. Click here to view our current movie schedule and show times.

Yes. The Banana Pier Gift shop is located on the first floor of Nauticus. With more than 3,000 square-feet of shopping space, the Banana Pier Gift Shop is filled with a wide selection of nautical souvenirs, apparel, books, toys, home décor items and of course a large selection of Battleship Wisconsin merchandise!

Yes. The Banana Pier Online Gift shop is available through our secure server at http://www.nauticus.org/store/index.php

Yes, we have an indoor dining area with vending machines. Enjoy a variety of sandwiches, salads, snacks, beverages, and more. We also have outdoor dining areas.

The schedule and prices for the Victory Rover vary depending on the time of year and number of people. For more information, contact Victory Rover at (757) 627-7406 or visit www.navalbasecruises.com.

Tickets may be purchased at the Victory Rover Ticket Window at Nauticus

There is no charge to visit The Hampton Roads Naval Museum, located on the second floor of Nauticus. Portions of the interior of the Battleship Wisconsin are included in Nauticus admission or you can purchase a guided tour along with your paid admission. Please visit our Daily Schedule for prices and times.

HRNM offers space in the museum and on the ship at no charge for these official ceremonies. For more information, please visit http://www.norfolkwaterfrontvenues.com/.

Yes. With your paid admission you can access limited areas of the interior of the Wisconsin. We also offer a guided tour for an additional charge. For times and prices please visit our Daily Schedule.

The Cruise Norfolk web site contains cruise schedules as well as a list of links for the cruise lines that visit Norfolk. You may also receive up to date information by calling 757-664-1000 or 800-664-1080.

You may park in the Cedar Grove parking lot. The Cruise Norfolk site also offers detailed information for directions and pricing.

Unfortunately, no. The cruise ship is in dock to load and unload passengers only. You may visit cruisenorfolk.org to obtain information about the ships that dock in Norfolk.

Nauticus is in the heart of a vibrant, revitalized downtown. Within walking distance, you'll find MacArthur Center, a one million square-foot shopping complex, dozens of chef-owned restaurants, a thriving arts community and dozens of attractions. For more information on things to see and do in Norfolk, please visit www.downtownnorfolk.org or www.visitnorfolktoday.com.