The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is a museum dedicated to the most decorated battleship in U.S. Naval history – the USS New Jersey (BB-62). One of the largest battleships ever built, USS New Jersey (BB-62) is an Iowa-class battleship that was launched in 1942 just after the attack on Pearl Harbor and went onto to have a distinguished and decorated career. Today, the magnificent warship is docked on the Camden Waterfront and is open to the public as museum and memorial, which can be enjoyed on daily guided tours, overnight encampments, group packages and more.
Built by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard and launched in December 1942, just after the attack on Pearl Harbor, USS New Jersey (BB-62) entered the Second World War and headed to the Marshall Islands where she began her distinguished career. After World War II, the New Jersey (BB-62) also played a vital role in the Vietnam War, the war in Lebanon in the early 1980s and the Middle East conflicts after that.
USS New Jersey (BB-62) earned an array of commendations and decorations during her service, including the Navy Unit Commendation for her service in Vietnam, nine battle stars for World War II; four for the Korean conflict; two for Vietnam, and three Campaign Stars for her service off Beirut, Lebanon and in the Persian Gulf, prior to Operation Desert Storm. Boasting a total of 19 Battle and Campaign Stars for her outstanding service, USS New Jersey (BB-62) is the most decorated battleship and a surviving warship in America’s Naval history.
USS New Jersey (BB-62) was decommissioned in 1991 in Long Beach, California and later towed to Bremerton in Washington and then onto her permanent home on the Camden Waterfront in New Jersey, where she resides today. The battleship was restored to her former glory and opened as a museum and memorial to the brave men and women who served on her during her long and illustrious career in 2001.
The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial offers a variety of educational programs and workshops for children of all ages from kindergarten to college. The Battleship New Jersey’s Education Outreach Program offers students the opportunity to enjoy hands-on activities, study artifacts and explore primary source documents, as well as enjoy national and state curriculum-based classes on board the ship.
A 90-minute Assembly Program allows students to relive history through an oral exercise with a veteran of America’s military forces, as well as dress in navy uniform. Students learn about the rich history of the battleship and the men and women who served on her, as well as see video clips of the battleship’s mighty 16? guns in action. Other educational programs include Distance Learning Programs and Trunk Traveling Programs and Overnight Stays on the ship, which includes a ‘chow line’ dinner, guided tours of the different sections of the ship by knowledgeable staff, and sleeping on bunk beds like the sailors.
The Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial is located at 62 Battleship Place in Camden, New Jersey and is open to the public from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. Guided tours the USS New Jersey (BB-62) are led by expertly trained tour guides and available for groups of all sizes and ages. Tours feature an up-close-and-personal look into the behind-the-scenes operation of such as a battleship, including visits to the command and control centers, the living quarters, the weapon systems and the on-board exhibits in the museum. The ship’s store sells a variety of battleship- related goods and items, such as clothing, books, toys, and gifts.
Local 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103, website, Phone: 856-966-1652
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