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Part of that includes featuring rotating displays and starting Oct. 30, it will have one from famed underwater explorer Robert Ballard.
Called “Lost At Sea: The Explorations of Dr. Robert Ballard,” it features partial retrospectives of some of his many underwater discoveries.
The deep sea overview includes displays of the luxury liner RMS Lusitania, sunk by the Germans during World War I, which he explored off the coast of Ireland in 1993.
It also has 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.
Five additional wrecks – the 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 and theUSS Yorktown – and ships from The Battle of Guadalcanal will be explored as visitors tour through the newly created exhibition space throughout Battleship IOWA Museum.
“This exhibition features some of my most significant shipwreck expeditions,” Ballard said. “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.”
General Admission to the Battleship IOWA includes the exhibit. 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.
“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.
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.
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