Special Programs & Events

Because events are subject to change, please call ahead to confirm. For additional information, call (757) 664-1000. Events are included in Nauticus admission unless otherwise noted.


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Great White Shark. Daily 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Great White Shark takes viewers around the world to great white hotspots: the crystal clear waters of Mexico's legendary Guadalupe Island; newly-discovered shark territory around Stewart Island off the southernmost tip of New Zealand; the bone-chilling waters of South Africa's "flying" great whites; and finally to the California coast near heavily-populated Los Angeles.

Rescue. Daily 12:30 & 3:30 p.m.
Rescue plunges audiences into the hard, but inspiring work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster. Behind the scenes, the film follows a Canadian naval commander, two pilots and a volunteer rescue technician as they train for action.

Friday & Saturday, October 16 & 17; October 23 & 24; 6:30-10 p.m.
Thursday & Friday, October 29 & 30; 6:30-10 p.m.

Haunted Ship: Zombie Pirates. Chemical waste has turned pirates and the Battleship Wisconsin’s crew into zombies—can you escape in time to avoid the same fate? This experience is not recommended for children under age 13, the claustrophobic, or faint of heart. Must be able to climb steep ladders and navigate tight, dark spaces. $9 for groups fo 15 or more. Must book and pay in advance. Tickets are $10, and doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, call (757) 664-1000 or visit http://nauticus.org.

Wednesday, November 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In honor of Veterans Day, all vets get in free! No other discounts apply.

Saturday, November 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

Girls in STEAM Night. Enjoy a fun-filled evening of science, technology, engineering, arts and math activities. Open to all Brownies, Cadettes & Girl Scouts. Call (757) 664-1041 or email rebecca.hill@norfolk.gov for more information.

Opening Weekend: Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, November 22, Noon-6 p.m.
November 27-December 13: Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, Noon-6 p.m.
December 16-December 27; Weekdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays, Noon-6 p.m.
Open December 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Closed Christmas Day.

Dickens’ Christmas Towne. A lively London Pub featuring savory fare, additional storefront shops, and even more family-focused entertainment will help bring the magic and tradition of Dickens’ Christmas Towne to life this holiday season at Nauticus! Visitors walk through a magical Victorian village filled with strolling carolers, Father Christmas, sweet treats, unique gifts, games, holiday activities and crafts. An impressive train display, lighted sailboats, and the Teddy Bear Express trackless train on Saturday and Sunday evenings combine to make this a truly memorable experience. Presented in partnership with the Virginia Stage Company, this experience takes place in the lower level of the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center. $5, adults; $4, children (4-12); free, ages 3 & under. For more information, call (757) 664-1000 or visit nauticus.org.