CAMDEN, NJ — Tours of the Battleship New Jersey in Camden resume March 6, and will take place on Saturdays and Sundays, according to Visit South Jersey, the state-designated marketing destination for Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties, and the Outer Coast Plain Wine Region in South Jersey.
Tours will be available from 11 a.m., with the last tour departing at 3 p.m. To open with a bang, the Battleship will choose a guest in the morning of Saturday, March 6, to fire the ship's portside (Philadelphia-side) saluting gun at noon.
If guests want to guarantee the chance to pull the trigger and fire the gun, they can make a $50 donation when they purchase tickets in the morning. Battleship New Jersey will do as many gun shoots as guests donate for, beginning at noon.
During tours, guests can check out the massive 16-inch gun turrets, track a tomahawk missile in the Combat Engagement Center, learn how the crew of the USS New Jersey lived aboard this floating city and more.
There will also be guided extended tours of an Engine Room and inside Gun Turret II. These are free add-on options that guests can choose to take.
The historic Naval ship moored on the Camden Waterfront closed in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Battleship New Jersey — the most decorated battleship in the 244-year history of the United States Navy — served in four wars and earned 19 Battle Stars during her many years of service.
Retired from active duty for the last time in 1991, she now serves as an enduring museum and memorial on the Camden waterfront. Her presence honors those brave men and women who fought and served to protect and preserve our precious freedom.
However, it has been shut down to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. This includes suspending the highly popular overnight encampment program, as well as all public events and private tours.