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Address: 1 Waterside Dr, Norfolk, VA 23510-1737
Phone Number:
+1 757-664-1000
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Explore the Nautical, Naval And Natural wonders of our world.

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Fun for all ages

Whether you are visiting with toddlers or teens there is something for everyone. the museum is informative and interactive. Be prepared to learn a lot and spend a couple of... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Angie P
Chesapeake, Virginia
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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120 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Whether you are visiting with toddlers or teens there is something for everyone. the museum is informative and interactive. Be prepared to learn a lot and spend a couple of hours! There is a cafe on site with decent food or you can take your own and sit in the eating area.

Thank Angie P
North Babylon, New York
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A very nice naval history experience, set up to entertain both adults and children. There are many hands on displays, especially in the beginning, that are geared for kids, but as you advance, Nauticus is more for adults, delving into naval history wit displays and videos. Direct access to USS Wisconsin from the second floor.

Thank Mike S
New Jersey
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We couldn't believe the size of this ship. The museum attached is very informative and well laid out.

Thank santaclaushusband
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

No visit to Norfolk would be complete without a visit to Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin. If you are hungry or thirsty, Nauticus has two places to have a sandwich or a snack. If anyone has an interest in naval history, specifically WWII battleship history, this is the place to go. You can see a variety of equipment that was... More 

Thank davidlong1944
Newport News, Virginia
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55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Great museum with pieces of history! There's so much to see and quite a few activities to participate in as well! Awesome that you can actually go tour the ship as well.

Thank fleminm
Sophia, North Carolina
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174 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Shopping restaurants and just a nice place to hangout on the waterfront in Norfolk. If you have time and want to do something different hit Waterside and relax or Shop.

Thank Gene T
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited a number of museum ships and Nauticus is as well done as any out there. The museum had decent displays with enough information and content to keep most kids intrigued. The ships is excellent condition and is a true gem. The only flaw in our visit was the cafe. Since we were there at lunch, we stopped... More 

Thank Brad L
NauticusMarketing, Guest Relations Manager at Nauticus, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback about your experience with our café. We want your total guest experience to be an enjoyable one. We have shared your comments with our food service partner and we are working with them to improve the process and improve future operations. More 

Petersburg, Virginia
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Museum for a 7th grade Field Trip. Wow! This place was very informative for the students and myself. I enjoyed the history lesson. We were able to board a "Decommissioned" ship that had been out to sea several times. It was huge - although we didn't have access to everything. We learned about the sizes of all... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent five hours exploring this place. Our kids ages 2-9 had a blast touching and exploring everything! The battleship was amazing! We left the stroller in the car because the battleship is not stroller friendly but the museum did have elevators and a nice open feel. Also there are parking garages right across from it!

Thank Nikki J
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My 8 y.o. son and I had a blast learning about the USS Wisconsin, and it's contribution to our country. We spent about 5 hours at the museum! There so many exhibits, and interactive pieces, and the best of all was the self guided tour of the actual ship. We both got to pet a shark and learned interesting facts... More 

Thank jkayprice

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