“Lost at Sea” Exhibit Opens at Battleship IOWA Museum

"Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard" Opens at Battleship IOWA Museum

Previews begin during LA Fleet Week (August 31―September 3)
Officially opens to the public on September 4

San Pedro, CA (August 8, 2018) – Battleship IOWA Museum launches “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard,” with previews during LA Fleet Week, opening to the public on September 4th. Ballard is known the world over for his discovery of the final resting place of RMS Titanic; yet, many vessels that have been claimed by our oceans and seas lie undisturbed in “undersea museums” and will be revealed aboard the historic USS IOWA. The retrospective is a showcase for the museum highlighting many of the world’s historically noted underwater wrecks found by the explorer.  “Lost at Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard” was made possible by a generous grant from the Confidence Foundation and is sponsored by Dr. Robert Ballard, Port of Los Angeles, Ocean Exploration Trust, and AltaSea

The Lost at Sea exhibit is included with General Admission to the Battleship IOWA. The Battleship IOWA Museum ticket office opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and the last tour ticket sold at 4:00 p.m. Tickets purchased at the box office are $19.95 for ages 12 – 61. Youth tickets (age 5 – 11) are $11.95. Senior admission (62 and over) are $9.95. Children under 5 are free. General admission for the military (active, retired and U.S. armed forces) is $14.95.

The deep sea overview includes displays of the luxury liner RMS Lusitania, sunk by the Germans during World War I, explored off the coast of Ireland in 1993; Titanic’s sister ship, HMHS Britannic, brought to the ocean’s floor by a World War I German mine; and PT-109, President John F. Kennedy’s boat, that at the age of 26, the future commander-in-chief risked his life to save his crew, becoming a war-hero and setting a future political stage. Five additional wrecks including USS Thresher, USS Scorpion, Germany’s U-166 (part of Operation Drumbeat where Hitler’s U-boats prowled America’s coast), the mighty German battleship KM Bismarck, USS Yorktown and ships from The Battle of Guadalcanal will be explored as visitors tour through the newly created exhibition space throughout Battleship IOWA Museum. 

“Battleship IOWA Museum is incredibly excited to produce the most comprehensive and educational experience on Dr. Ballard’s underwater findings,” states Jonathan Williams, CEO and President of Pacific Battleship Center, the museum’s non-profit entity. “We feel thankful that we can bring this experience to the masses. It showcases the ocean’s depths and rewards of STEM programs while engaging today’s youth and inspiring future generations.”

“Supervising the installation of the Lost at Sea exhibit with our crew has been a tremendously rewarding experience,” says Mike Getscher, Battleship IOWA Museum’s Executive Vice-President and COO. “We are immensely grateful to our crew for all of their hard work during the creation of this project and to Dr. Ballard for his cooperation. The effort involved thousands of hours of crew time to give you all an idea of the scope of the work involved.” 

The museum has added approximately 11,000 square feet of a new tour centered on many of Dr. Bob Ballard’s underwater wreck explorations.  Battleship IOWA has also crafted an additional experiential path that includes visits to the laundry, brig, barber shop and print shop. New digital media exhibitions and displays include almost a dozen films, an interactive map, and background audio. The former “Battleship of the Presidents” has added two wheelchair lifts which will allow physically-challenged guests to travel from the main deck, through the museum on the second deck and down to third.

“This exhibition features some of my most significant shipwreck expeditions,”  says explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. “We are presenting not only the expeditions but the historical context of each incident. The excitement that each expedition presented, we should not lose sight of the significant toll of human life lost at sea that each shipwreck represents.”  

For Battleship IOWA museum and it’s curatorial team, there has been significant planning and implementation to show visitors nearly 200 individual graphical components, a dozen artifacts, and four ships’ models, installed with special exhibit lighting.

The Lost at Sea exhibit has been the most significant project for the institution since the Navy donated the ship to the Pacific Battleship Center, the museum's official non-profit name.

Please visit Battleship IOWA’s new mobile-friendly website. We encourage social media followers to use our Facebook and Instagram outlets to learn more about museum curatorial updates and events. The phone number is 877-4-IOWA-61 (877-446-9261) or 310-971-4462.


About Battleship IOWA Museum

Named as one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 4 Museums” out of 132 in Los Angeles, Battleship IOWA now serves as a historic naval ship institution. Forged in war, guardian of the peace, the proud ship keeps watch as the proud sentinel of the LA Waterfront. IOWA’s teak decks and steel bulkheads echo the words and deeds of history: three U.S. Presidents, six of the nine American five-star military leaders, countless foreign dignitaries, and most importantly thousands of her own heroic IOWA sailors.  Visitors are awed by IOWA’s proud legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships ever to sail the world’s oceans.  Battleship IOWA is open to the public daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Our hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with our last ticket sale at 4:00 p.m. Battleship IOWA anchors at 250 South Harbor Boulevard, San Pedro, CA, 90731, at The Los Angeles Waterfront. Please visit our website for additional information about special events, group tours, educational programs, and Naval retirement flag service. 


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For more information, contact:
Brian Garrido
Battleship IOWA Museum
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (323) 206-8293