Museums bring history alive, like a skeleton found underneath your house. Dig up the past with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $33 for a one-year individual membership (a $53 value)
- $78 for a one-year family membership, good for two adults and four children per visit (a $133 value)
Memberships allow access to Nauticus' interactive, educational exhibits, including the battleship Wisconsin, naval computer-simulation games, special events such as 4th of July fireworks displays, and a simulated tide pool. Perks include discounts on guest tickets, reciprocal admission to more than 300 associated museums, and invitations to members-only events and parties.
Current exhibits include Guns, Sweat, and Gears: Anatomy of a Battleship, which takes visitors back to the Wisconsin's WWII service, showing off its 2,400-pound analog computer, shell-moving trolleys, and 12-foot optical range finder.
Walking across the dock to Nauticus, visitors' eyes are inevitably drawn to the sleeping giant nestled up alongside it: the 850-foot battleship Wisconsin. One of the largest battleships ever built by the United States Navy, its massive, 16-inch guns lent their firepower to WWII, Korea, and Operation Desert Storm. The hulking warship is now retired, its gigantic mass a testament to both its immense power and the strength of the open ocean whose waves it once plied.
This dichotomy between peaceful repose and thundering wrath is fully embraced by Nauticus, immersing visitors in exhibits that explore the ocean and man’s use of it at their most peaceful and destructive. On the Wisconsin, visitors can tour crew messes and officer lounges, getting a taste of naval life. Inside the center, permanent exhibits include Our Mighty Seaport, which delves into Norfolk's busy maritime commerce, with real-time updates on ships sailing past and an observation deck overlooking the port. Turning to nature, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Science on a Sphere exhibit simulates extreme weather conditions on a 6-foot video sphere. In Horseshoe Crab Cove, visitors can pet starfish, crabs, and sea urchins without having to take turns with nearby seagulls.