Special Programs & Events
PLEASE NOTE: Nauticus admission now includes access to the Battleship Wisconsin Wardroom and Officer's Country as well as the new exhibit For All Those in Uniform Who Have Served. Admission fees help preserve and maintain the battleship for future generations.
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.
Our Mighty Seaport Exhibit Imports. Exports. So much happening in OUR port! Our Mighty Seaport introduces visitors to the fascinating world of maritime commerce. Discover what's coming into our port and what's being shipped from Virginia to far corners of the globe. Families can navigate a tugboat down a busy waterway and receive "real time" information on ships sailing past Nauticus. Our Mighty Seaport celebrates maritime commerce from the most unique spot in town – along a remarkable working waterfront.
For Those in Uniform Who Have Served Located in the entry of the Wisconsin Wardroom, this changing exhibit pays tribute to the armed forces, with the initial focus on Senator John W. Warner, who was instrumental in bringing the battleship Wisconsin to Norfolk. The exhibit includes memorabilia and photos from his Navy career.
Guns, Sweat and Gears: Anatomy of a Battleship Relive the past as you explore enormous gun devices, tools and personal mementos from Norfolk's own Battleship Wisconsin. This exhibit includes a 2,400 pound military analog computer, a 12-foot long optical range finder, WWII racks (bunks), galley equipment, shell sleds and cradles for moving the Wisconsin's 16 inch gun ammunition, a 48-star U.S. flag, and dozens of never-before-seen archival images.
An Enduring Legacy: The U.S. Navy and the 1907 Jamestown Exposition Developed by the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, this 26 minute film traces the importance of the Jamestown Exposition to the region and its influence on the development of the naval station at Sewells Point. The film is shown in the Jamestown Exposition exhibit area.
Forward for Freedom This six minute dramatic film shown inside Nauticus' new introductory theater brings the Battleship Wisconsin to life through stories and commentary from those who served aboard her.
Opens June 5 – Tickets On Sale Now
Swingtime Salute: The USO Battleship Revue Produced by Nauticus and Virginia Stage Company (VSC) and sponsored by the Hampton Roads Central Virginia USO, this night of starlit entertainment recreates a touring 1940s variety show on the deck of the Battleship Wisconsin. This year brings the return of the lovely Brunowski Sisters, along with even more singing and dancing from the Big Band era. Dashing sailors and dishy dames, accompanied by a live band, will expertly belt out the era's popular tunes from the Andrews Sisters, Bing Crosby, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and more. Swingtime Salute will run from June 5 through July 6 Wednesday through Saturday, with four 2 p.m. matinees in the Nauticus Theater on June 26 & 29 and July 3 & 6. Prices range from from $30 to $50 depending on the show night. Active military get in free. For tickets, please call the VSC Box Office at (757) 627-1234, Ticketmaster at (800)982-2787 or visit www.vastage.com.
Begins June 15
Spy Ship: An Undercover Onboard Quest You have been recruited as a WWII secret agent for this mission to help solve a compelling mystery threatening the United States' naval position. Should you choose to accept, your mission will lead you on an exciting trek throughout the Battleship Wisconsin, gathering clues, solving cryptograms, ciphering enigmas, unlocking secrets and compiling evidence as to the identity of a treacherous and deceptive covert operative posing as a crewmember. Log onto www.nauticus.org and click "Spy Ship," to find out more about your crucial role in this assignment, plus how to sign up for ongoing undercover communications. Tell no one, trust no one –and good luck!
June 15, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Forward for Freedom Vintage Car Show Nauticus welcomes the Tidewater Region Antique Automobile Club of America for a vintage car show behind Nauticus. Take a look at classic cars from different eras – even some that Wisconsin sailors might have come home to! This event is free, but donations will be accepted for the Battleship Wisconsin. For more information about the club, visit http://local.aaca.org/tidewater/.
Wednesday, June 12
Sail Nauticus Opens It's Not Too Late to Register for Camp! SailQuest, Sail Nauticus' youth sailing camp for 6th, 7th and 8th graders, will be held over the course of eight weeks, from June 17 through August 9th. This hands-on camp includes water and shore-based activities led by certified instructors. Each day at SailQuest will involve sailing on the Elizabeth River, as well as fun-filled activities that teach maritime sciences, including weather, aquaculture, modeling and robotics. Sailors will also tour the Battleship Wisconsin and learn of the ship's historic engineering and technological marvels. No two days will be the same during SailQuest. Sessions will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $245 per camper, with a discount for Nauticus members.