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Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Historical Organizations, History Museums

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.

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

On a daily basis, our docents, volunteers, and support staff on the Battleship New Jersey have the opportunity to make 78 years of history come alive. Many of our guests come aboard with no knowledge of the dedication, fortitude, and courage it takes to serve in our military, especially the Navy. We try to ensure our guests have every opportunity to see as much of our ship as possible through tours, exhibits, videos and staff interaction. Based on feedback from my guests, the museum experience exceeded their expectations. What more can you ask for....?

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The number one reason is HISTORY! I was a docent for the overnight encampments and can safely state that I personally escorted hundreds of children and adults on tours. What I stressed on my tours was the history of the ship and it's crew. They walked the decks and area's of the ship learning that the New Jersey was more than it's 16 inch rifles and the quarterdeck. They learned that left was port and the restrooms were heads. Men as young as 18 worked,slept and gave their all to make the New Jersey the most decorated Battleship in the U.S. Navy. As a former United State Marine I also learned that the children I escorted were respectful , well behaved and obedient to the rules and regulations. I am proud to have served as a tour guide and mentor to the guest.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I retired back in 2016 I was looking somewhere to do volunteer work. There was an ad in the Courier Post from BB-62 needing help aboard the Ship. This was perfect for to be able to work on the greatest Battleship in US History was very rewarding. I have learned so much about how great this vessel is and it is an honor to serve on her.. It is a living museum and Iam so thankful to share my knowledge with the many guest that come from around the world just just to see and tour this wonderful monument.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The ship is a place where the history of our glorious navy comes alive; from the Second World War, Korea, Vite-Nam and up to Desert Storm. This fantastic place visitors can see and experience how sailors worked and lived. Also, there encampments give people the opportunity of spending the night on a Battleship. Lastly, their numerous interactive displays and simulations give the experience of what the sailors really did.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Battleship New Jersey is unlike any other 'attraction'. Every visit yields another historical event that greatly impacted the security of our country and the indescribable strength/technology (considered the time she was built)/and absolute power and intimidation of the remarkable highly decorated ship. The physical upkeep and dedication shown by the devoted staff is unlike any other. I have taken tours and attended many events. I promise any visitor will be filled with amazing awe and pride for our country and our armed forces. Come! - I promise you will love Big J. Maureen Hayes

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family loved the exhibits throughout the battleship! All the battleship employees were friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable!

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Vietnam Army Vet but enjoy all the events at the ship and love the way you can remember for Fathers & Mothers on the pier. My wife and I made a donation for a brick remembering our fathers who were a Marine and a Navy vet.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is living History you can touch and walk in the foot prints of American Heroes like Admiral Halsey. As a Vietnam Vet she was a life saver to many of us and is what brought the North Vietnamese to the peace table. The most Decorated Ship in the US Navy she served from WW II to the Iraqi Conflict. Unlike some Iowa Class Battleships she is armed for combat as in her last engagement with modern weaponry and has a full museum on board. The perfect place for Families and groups to learn of the life of a sailor and the Greatest Battleship ever built.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing experience! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The tour was awesome.

Board Member

Rating: 4

How can you not love history, when it sits in your own back yard. The USS New Jersey Battleship brings all ages together to understand the integral part it played in the US Military.

Being a Navy veteran and to see how my shipmates lived, worked and made history. Let's me know that I made the right decision to join the US Navy. The is still to me the best ship in the world and cannot thank the US Navy for keeping her home in Camden, NJ.

Toni N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We held a corporate event on the Battleship NJ. Jack and his team were amazing. Everything was perfect. Our event was a huge success.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Battleship New Jersey provides excellent hands on experiences with history, technology, and science at a one of a kind venue. The staff and volunteers are well trained and happy to engage with the public. As an organization they are trying consistently to engage and better their community as well.

Pete R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started as a restoration volunteer in July of 2018 and continue to do so. This spring I trained to be a tour guide and enjoy this very much. As a Navy veteran who served aboard a Destroyer Escort in the late 60's, I enjoy spending time aboard The New Jersey with my new shipmates. The camaraderie among the "crew" reminds me of my younger days.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It’s a great alternative for a family outing and provides perspective for what our naval personnel experienced.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first visited the Battleship New Jersey in 2001. I've been back a number of times since then, most recently this past August. As a child, I grew up watching the acclaimed television series "Victory at Sea." In my undergraduate and graduate years in college, I studied WWII in depth. Yet to actually walk on the teak decks of the New Jersey and see up close, her 16 inch guns, sends a chill through me since this great fighting ship represents the great freedoms that our country has fought and died for through out the ship's many battles. All Americans, regardless of their political affiliations in these difficult times should visit this great fighting ship and share in the experience of a time when we as a people were all united in the fight for liberty and freedom throughout the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of working with the most dedicated crew ever. Their tireless efforts to preserve and communicate our naval history is unparalleled . I have greeted people from around the world on board and everyone has expressed their appreciation for their ability to visit this piece of history and thanked us for our efforts. The most gratifying time is when former crew members visit their ship. It’s truly a moving experience.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jack Willard set up a private tour for some of our Rossmoor Veterans Group with Patrick as our guide. He was excellent and everyone said it was one of the best tours they had ever been on ( even our Army Brothers ). Thanks to all for making it a very special day
Denny O’Malley
Former Navy Lt.

Kenneth G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful way to spend an afternoon. So much history and engineering to explore.

syzmo

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked on other museum ships and visited well over 50 of them. New Jersey has more open (1.5 miles of tour route), far more restored, and far more that visitors can touch and do than any other museum ship I've visited. Be sure to set aside a full day to see everything. If you go on the weekend there are even more programs and tours, some free, some for an additional cost, but they're worth it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The battleship does so much for veterans. They are currently collecting oral histories of former crew and submitting them to the Library of Congress.

Stacy Spires H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to not only take day trips to the Battleship but also spend several overnight encampments on the ship with our Cub Scout Pack. This is truly one of the most loved trips for both family and Pack! The guides are not only knowledgable but also very nice and take the time to answer all the questions from our children and adults. We are so grateful that this amazing Battleship is in our backyard!!

Jay_54

Board Member

Rating: 5

Twenty years ago the Home Port Alliance for the USS New Jersey, Inc. (HPA) won the donation of the USS New Jersey Battleship from the Navy and created a museum and memorial that is unparalleled in the world of historic Naval ship museums through the efforts of its volunteers, Board of Trustees, and a small dedicated staff. The core mission is to restore, preserve, exhibit and interpret the history of the USS New Jersey and her veterans, but it is so much more than that because of the generous support from its volunteers and donors. The HPA is a unique blend of history, education, entertainment and hospitality. The HPA manifests donations into real world programs that inspire and educate child and adults alike. From scholarships to local school students, to programs for families with autism, to creating new and innovative exhibits, The HPA is a vital nonprofit for the community at large. This is a true testament how powerful and positive a nonprofit can become to improve and change lives for the better.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A unique and amazing memorial and museum. The access within the battleship is unparalleled to get a first hand understanding of how the ship operated and how the crew worked and lived. The USS New Jersey played a significant role in US history extending from WWII through the 1980's. A visit should not be missed.