Located on Norfolk's downtown waterfront, Nauticus is 120,000 square-foot science and technology museum dedicated to naval history and science. The museum includes many exhibits on maritime technology, and emphasizes interactive experiences--including "real-time" information on ships going past the museum, and escape rooms on board the real USS Wisconsin, one of the largest and last battleships ever built by the U.S. Navy.
Backstory and Context
Nauticus also houses several important pieces of American naval history--not the least of which is the impressive USS Wisconsin, one of the last and largest battleships ever built in the United States. The Wisconsin offers several types of tours, scavenger hunts, and currently available are two different interactive "escape room" experiences, one of which is set during the battleship's service in 1945.
The Naval History & Heritage Command operates the Hampton Roads Naval Museum within the facility, which includes permanent exhibits on a number of US Naval milestones, including the Battle of Chesapeake and the Battle of Hampton Roads.
The Nauticus is also home to a number of youth outreach programs, including special activities for school field trips, Girl and Boy Scout programs, Junior Scientists Club, and Sail Nauticus, a nonprofit sailing school and community sailing center whose mission is "to inspire, instruct, and impact Hampton Roads kids through the use of sailing and maritime sciences."
2. About the Museum. Naval History & Heritage Command. Accessed September 11, 2017. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/hrnm/about-us1/about-the-museum.html.
3. About. Sail Nauticus. Accessed September 11, 2017. https://sailnauticus.org/.