Battleship USS IOWA Museum, a top five museum and attraction in the Los Angeles area and future home of the National Museum of the Surface Navy, recently debuted the first interactive exhibit to be installed aboard the historic ship, marking the beginning of the first phase of its transition to becoming the first and only national museum dedicated to the men and women of the Surface Navy.


Sponsored by the U.S. Navy's Fleet Forces Command, the exhibit titled “Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment,” educates visitors on the Navy's environmental policy and initiatives. 

Through a series of educational panels, displays, and interactive activities, the new exhibit provides an entertaining overview of the policies and processes of the Navy's environmental stewardship programs.

The exhibit highlights the Navy processes for protecting the marine environment, planning for environmental protection, and the technologies that are used to reduce waste.

Designed for audiences of all ages, the U.S. Navy's environmental mascot, Stewie, shows kids how naval ships and sailors use protective measures to safeguard marine life. Interactive stations include educating visitors on hydrophone technology, teaching them how to identify various types of whales, and provide the opportunity to simulate using “Big Eyes” as a Navy lookout to protect the ship and environment from harm. 

“The addition of this entertaining and educational exhibit to the battleship is exciting because it represents takes us a step forward towards the fulfillment of the purpose for the National Museum of the Surface Navy, which is scheduled to open in 2025,” explained Jonathan Williams, President and CEO of the Battleship USS IOWA Museum and the National Museum of the Surface Navy. “Touring this historical 

battleship gives visitors historical context into the Surface Navy and the valuable role that IOWA played in the defense of our nation and allies over nearly a half century of service. The new exhibit introduces visitors to today's technology and the role in which the Navy plays in protecting the environment, while ensuring freedom of the seas around the globe.” 

Access to the new “Stewards of the Sea” exhibit is included with the Battleship IOWA general access pass. For information on visiting Battleship USS IOWA, or to learn about upcoming events, programs, and volunteer opportunities aboard the ship, please visit

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About Battleship USS IOWA Museum 

Located in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, Calif., Battleship USS IOWA Museum is one of the top five museums and attractions in Los Angeles, bringing the ship's history to life through in-person and virtual tours and educational programs for youth. In addition to providing a natural platform for veterans and patriotic civilians to come together as a community, Battleship USS IOWA Museum provides a wide array of impactful programs and resources that support the critical needs of our military and veterans. Owned and operated by the nonprofit Pacific Battleship Center, the museum is transitioning to national museum status as the National Museum of the Surface Navy at the Battleship IOWA to open on the 250th birthday of the U.S. Navy in 2025. 

Media Contact: 

Ken Hagihara, APR, Fellow PRSA 

Lieutenant Commander, USN (ret) 

Media Relations Representative 

Pacific Battleship Center | National Museum of the Surface Navy at Battleship IOWA 

949-768-4423 ext. 101 

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