For history buffs, the guest service professionals at Holiday Inn Burbank highly recommend a visit to the Battleship USS Iowa Museum. The interactive experience for the entire family received praise as one of the “Best cool exhibits to see with your kids” by CBS Los Angeles. As a self-guided tour, the visit to Battleship USS Iowa Museum presents the lives of the thousands of Navy personnel that have roamed the open water for more than 70 years. Opened in 2012, the museum implements advanced technology that includes an interactive tour app that enriches the education of visitors of all ages. Often referred to as the Battleship of Presidents, the USS Iowa has found a permanent home in an area full of nautical war history.
Given the ship classification BB-61, the USS Iowa represented the last class of World War II battleships. Commissioned in 1943, the iconic battleship ruled the open waters during World War II, the Korean War, and throughout the protracted Cold War. USS Iowa garnered 11 battle stars and the battleship carried three United States presidents to locations where negotiations were held to end armed hostilities. In October of 2011, the USS Iowa moved from the Suisan Bay Reserve Fleet to the Port of Richmond, which operates in California. After a lengthy period of renovation, the battleship floated beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on the 75th anniversary of its commission for port on the Los Angeles waterfront. On Independence Day 2012, a private unveiling ceremony for the new museum attracted more the 1,500 veterans and financial contributors.
History Education at Its Finest
The USS Iowa Museum offers a wide variety of education programs that cater to both families and large groups. As a hotel that hosts large social and professional organizations, Holiday Inn Burbank often recommends that a visit to the USS Iowa Museum be part of a travel itinerary. The museum offers daily tours, as well as group education programs and the conducting of military ceremonies. Daily tours bring visitors to the largest guns that have ever fired ammo from a United States Navy ship. You get to see the cabin where President Franklin D. Roosevelt stayed on his way to sign the treaty to end World Warf II. Daily tours at the USS Iowa Museum also include visits to missile decks, helicopter decks, and an armored bridge.
Located at the Los Angeles World Cruise Center, the USS Iowa Museum offers more than 2,100 parking spaces to accommodate the large crowds the museum attracts daily. You can expect to see images of the battleship in several movies and television shows, including the popular series NCIS: Los Angeles. Guests of Holiday Inn Burbank who visit the area during a military holiday should make the USS Iowa Museum a part of their itineraries. Annual patriotic events unfold on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veteran’s Day. General admission tickets for adults run around $20, but you can receive a discount by purchasing a ticket online. Youth and seniors receive general admission discounts. The USS Iowa Museum opens at 10am every day of the year, except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Located at 250 S Harbor Boulevard in Los Angeles, CA, the museum is roughly 30 miles due south of Holiday Inn Burbank.