Home Port Alliance For The Uss New Jersey, Inc.

Rating: 4.64 stars   11 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 62 Battleship Pl Camden NJ 08103 USA

Mission: The Battleship New Jersey''s mission is to preserve, restore, exhibit and intrepret the history of the USS New Jersey and her veterans.
Programs: The Battleship New Jersey has a variety of programs. The museum offers three distinct tour routes, serves as a locale for community, corporate and private events, offers educational classes that meet core curriculum requirements and offers overnight encampments. The Battleship Blast, an annual fundraising gala, coincides with the Independence Day fireworks display across the Delaware River.
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Rating: 5 stars  

As a student of history I was thrilled to walk the decks of the USS New Jersey, imagining myself on the high seas on the far reaches of the globe. It's one thing to read about the battles, admirals, and sailors of the past, but it's another to actually reach out and touch the sides of the heavily armored main gun turrets with their 50 foot barrels overhead.

This ship is well located and easily accessible from the nearby expressways, and the shore facilities, gift shop and dock present a clean and modern appearance. I opted for the "self tour" and followed the guide signs along the deck. All seagoing ships need constant maintenance, and there were several maintenance projects in process, and was actually glad to see that work was being done so that future visits would be possible. The wooden decks must be the hardest thing to maintain, as they were very different from what I read about.

There are many areas available to tour in the interior of the ship, and I enjoyed sitting in the Admiral's chair up on the bridge, and touring the officer's quarters and other crew areas. I'd love to see some more audio visual support to recreate the on-board experience, perhaps a recording of some typical sounds and announcements over the ship's squawk boxes (PA). We finished up by having a snack in the crew's mess, nothing special but very adequate. A nice option would have been some "period" food.

This vessel is more than just thousands of tons of steel. It is a reminder to the new generations that the world has experienced huge clashes between civilizations, and this ship defended the country and the freedoms every American citizen enjoys today. If not for ships like this and courageous sailors to man them our world would be very different today, and not in a good way. I think it is important to remind the younger generations that this country's existence is not a given and has to be earned.

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Public tour guides, gift shop personnel. All were friendly an helpful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is a very rewarding experience as is, I'm sure with additional financial backing more could be done. Maintenance is most important, but when that is under control perhaps additional on-shore support facilities would be nice. Technology today may allow some interesting experience re-creations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Those of us who are former crewmembers of the Big J served on her with immense pride while she was on active duty. As a New Jersey resident, the prospect of having my former ship become a museum here in her namesake state was exciting, only topped by the actual experience of taking the tours with the amazingly well-trained and knowledgeable volunteers. Each year seems to bring new areas available for tours, allowing me and other former crew to relive memories and take pride in what we and our nation accomplished when these behomoths were built. The fact that this ship is still here widening the eyes of tourists in amazement is a tribute to the volunteers and staff of the Battleship New Jersey. I've toured the others around the country as well, and this one's the best!

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paying for tours and touring the ship with friends.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing! The staff is on top of every decision about opening up more areas for tours and creating a full experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Battleship New Jersey is a museum everyone should pay tribute to, such an important period of history comes alive within its massive steel structure. I had the privelege and honor to come aboard with my son for an overnight adventure through the encampment program. The tour was full of surprises and little known information was unveiled about what life was like for our sailors during WWII. We got to participate in the "chow line"and were fed a delicious meal before it was time for "taps" and off to our bunks. An education for all ages, don't miss this one!

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Seeing the excitement of the children as they explored this massive vessel. The fascination and appreciation of those who dedicated their lives to our country.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Nothing needs fixing! It's an awesome experience for young and old!

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