03 April 2024

Battleship Wisconsin Turns 80: Let's Celebrate

If you’ve been waiting for the opportune moment to visit Battleship Wisconsin – Norfolk’s resident testament to 20th Century American sea power – well, a birthday is as good as any!

The ship, launched in 1943 and commissioned in 1944, officially turns 80 this year and its keepers are prepping for a monthlong party for this craft that saw action in World War II, the Korean War and the Persian Gulf War.

From April 1-30, Nauticus will be packed with a full calendar of events and programs honoring the Wisconsin’s rich history. Here’s a quick look at some of the highlights:

Birthday Bash & Ice Cream Workshop (April 13)

Mingle with Wisconsin veterans, explore the ship with enhanced programs, and even learn the fascinating connection between ice cream and World War II victory at a special workshop! VIP tours available on April 14.

Nauticus After Dark: Battleship Blast! (April 25)

This exclusive 21+ event lets you enjoy the Battleship’s stunning views and historic features after-hours, complete with themed drinks and the Battleship Wisconsin Commemorative bottle of Ironclad Bourbon.

Battleship Birthday Family Overnight (April 27)

Spend an unforgettable night aboard the battleship! This unique experience includes a VIP tour, engaging activities, and breakfast in the historic wardroom – perfect for families of all ages.

Free Military Admission (April 1-30)

Nauticus is partnering with World of Warships to offer complimentary admission to active duty and veteran service members, with discounts for dependents.

More Ways to Celebrate

If that’s not enough, April promises even more fun for everyone.

  • Daily Programs: Take a guided tour of the battleship, learn to sail, or catch a special “WisKy Wednesday” program on the Nauticus YouTube channel.
  • The Norfolk Grille’s .80 Cent Specials: Throughout April, enjoy rotating specials priced at just 80 cents!
  • April Toddler Time: Bring your little ones (ages 3 and under) for a special educational program celebrating the Battleship’s commissioning.

For details on these programs, head over to the Nauticus website: Battleship Wisconsin Turns 80! for start times and to purchase tickets.

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