Nauticus
Norfolk, VA
Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network

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Brief Description: Nauticus combines the Chesapeake Bay's remarkable naval heritage with exciting interactive exhibits exploring the power of the sea. It features hands-on exhibits including computer and video interactives, films on a giant screen, exotic aquaria, shark touching, and national-caliber traveling exhibits.

Adjacent to Nauticus is the Battleship Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built. Explore its deck through a self-guided or audio tour that takes visitors back in time to experience this majestic ship. Within Nauticus, travel through two centuries of naval history at the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, as seen through the eyes of the sailor in and around the great harbor of Hampton Roads. Nauticus is also home to The Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center, a NOAA environmental resource center, and the Victory Rover, which offers cruises of the Seaport.

Location / Directions: From the North or Northwest (Williamsburg/Richmond): Take I-64 East; exit onto 264 West towards Downtown Norfolk. Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9). Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left.

From the South or Southwest: Take I-64 West; exit onto 264 West towards Downtown Norfolk. Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9). Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left.

From the Virginia Beach Oceanfront: Take I-264 West towards Downtown Norfolk. Take the Waterside Drive exit (exit 9). Nauticus is 4 lights down on the left

Address: Nauticus
One Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
Visitor Phone: (800) 664-1080
Activities: Nauticus includes permanent and traveling exhibits, films, educational programs, science camps, audio tours of the Battleship Wisconsin and more.

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., daily; Rest of year, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; Noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Nauticus is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas. Call for other holiday hours.
Fees: Adults, $10.95; Children (4-12), $8.50; $9.95 for senior citizens, AAA members, and military personnel with ID; free for children age 3 and under. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Call (757) 664-1000, (800) 664-1080 or visit www.nauticus.org for more information.
Visitor Facilities: Three floor exhibit building, with 350 seat theater; Battleship Wisconsin, Hampton Roads Naval Museum, and nearby Tugboat Museum.
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessibility throughout the building and on board the main deck of the Battleship Wisconsin. Five on-site handicapped-reserved parking spaces. Wheelchairs for guests available on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicapped-reserved spaces in the Nauticus Theater and in Design Chamber: Battleship X. Exhibit and movie scripts (check out at Guest Relations). Closed-captioned exhibits throughout the building.
Website: http://www.nauticus.org

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