Bunk Up On the Battleship Iowa - Atlas Obscura Experiences
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Bunk Up On the Battleship Iowa

$175 per person
Los Angeles, California
About Your Host

Hi. I’m Sandi, a member of the Atlas Obscura community.

I've been curating Atlas Obscura events since 2013 and coordinating sleepovers on the Battleship IOWA since 2016. After 8 years in LA, I've become an expert on local history, culture, architecture, art, and offbeat attractions. I chronicle my adventures on my own blog, AvoidingRegret.com, and for KCET's SoCalWanderer column.

For questions about this experience, please contact the host directly through Airbnb.

What We’ll Do

We will gather on the permanently moored ship, now known as the Battleship Iowa Museum, in the late afternoon to receive our safety briefing, get settled into our bunks, and chow down on an early dinner in the mess hall.

We'll then take an extensive tour of the massive warship—which measures 887 feet (about 0.15 nautical miles) in length—through staterooms, command centers, the main galley, and other areas that show what "life at sea" was like for sailors in the Pacific Fleet from the 1940s through the 1980s.

And, as a special bonus, we'll even gain exclusive access to some areas of this great, gray lady that are not currently open to the public during regular tours.

After a good night's sleep, we'll rise to reveille, grab a hot breakfast, and be treated to a special Q&A session with actual veterans—some of whom served in the U.S. Navy and on this very same battleship.

What Else You Should Know

Mattresses are single occupancy only. If you're very tall (over 6'4"), have broad shoulders, or are claustrophobic, these accommodations are not for you!
Be prepared to walk up and down several flights of narrow, steep stairs and step up and over doorways.

Where We’ll Be

As the only civilian adult group to receive permission to sleep over, we'll experience the a.m. and p.m. routines and customs aboard the retired USS Iowa, the lead ship of the last class of battleships in the Navy, now permanently moored. See the biggest guns on any U.S. Navy ship, used primarily for anti-aircraft missions: nine 16-inch guns mounted on three stacked turrets on the flight deck (capable of carrying 2000 tons of firepower).

Dates and Availability
  • Nov 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–Nov 9, 9:00 a.m.
    $175 per person
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What We’ll Provide

Chow down in the galley, just like the enlisted men did! Full breakfast. Dinner includes salad, entree, and dessert. Vegetarian/vegan options available. Can accommodate food allergies.


Non-alcoholic beverages served in the galley for dinner and breakfast.

What to Bring

Comfortable clothing, jacket, and shoes for lots of walking indoors and outdoors
PJs and a change of clothes for the next day.
Bedding (sleeping bag or pad, sheets/blanket), and pillow(s)
Bottled water
Camera/smartphone and chargers/spare batteries

Additional Information
Cancellation Policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.

Group Size

There are 40 spots available on this experience.

Who Can Come

Guests ages 16 and up can attend.

No exploring the ship unaccompanied. No sharing bunks or sleeping outside of the bunks. No food allowed in the sleeping quarters. No alcoholic beverages allowed at any time. No firearms or weapons of any sort. No fishing.

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