Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.

From all across our nation they came, young men who had grown up in the crucible of the Great Depression and now determined to serve their country in its time of need. These are the men whose stories you will encounter as you explore 9 levels on the self-guided tour. Open daily from 8AM to 5PM, last ticket sold at 4PM.

Imagine yourself steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. JOIN THE CREW and experience the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA!

Living with Water

Living with Watera Generations Campaign Project – supports a noble cause to protect the Battleship for the next generation. Living with Water is Battleship Memorial’s most urgent, one-time, large-scale project to secure visitor access to this National Historic Landmark by addressing chronic coastal flooding. The Living with Water story starts here; learn why it’s important and how YOU can help. To donate, click here.



Battle Star Collection

BATTLE★STAR COLLECTION | Own a piece of American history


Learn all about how the Battle Star Collection began by watching our Battleship to Blades video.

Shop online for Battle★Star Knives, Steel and Teak to share in the story and support of the most highly decorated American battleship in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Browse the collection >>.

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Donations and memberships

Donate Online >>Be a Member >>

Support the Battleship! Choose an ongoing pledge, donate in someone’s honor or join the Generations Campaign. Click here to get started.

Join the crew at the Battleship: Join the Friends of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Choose your membership level and buy online! Click here for details.


Visitor Safety Information: No running. Maintain control of children at all times. Flat, soft-sole shoes recommended. Watch where you step at all times. Stay on the tour route at all times -- Obey all signs. Pace yourself and stay hydrated. Use two hands on rails while climbing stairs. Use each step on stairs -- No jumping or sliding on rails. Do not lean over the side of the ship. Stay inside the ship during severe weather and lightning. Do not tour while under the influence of drugs/alcohol. Beware of alligators and other wildlife. It is against the law to swim, fish or disturb wildlife on historic state property. Report any dangers to Battleship staff.


Safety is our number one concern for our visitors. We have provided hand rails and non-slip tape but your choice in footwear is key in keeping you safe. Good footwear = flat, soft sole shoes such as athletic shoes, boat shoes or moccasins. Bad footwear = flip flops, flatform shoes or heels of any kind, including the small heel common on men's dress shoes and loafers.

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