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Norfolk

Nauticus

Nauticus is a maritime-themed science center and museum located in Norfolk, Virginia.

Campus:
Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center:

The City of Norfolk opened the Half Moone Cruise and Celebration Center-located at Nauticus in downtown Norfolk-on Saturday, April 7, 2007.

The 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2), passenger-friendly facility features stunning views of the Elizabeth River; an enclosed, elevated passenger gangway; a retractable bridge leading into a 16-slip marina; a 54-foot (16 m) long mermaid cast in terrazzo floor tile in the Grand Rotunda entrance; a separate lounge and check-in area for cruise line VIP passengers; the most contemporary and security-focused Customs and Border Protection area of any cruise terminal in the nation; and state-of-the-art embarkation stations designed specifically for the Half Moone.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64):
One of the largest battleships ever built arrived at Nauticus on the downtown Norfolk waterfront on December 7, 2000. That date was significant because it marked the 57th anniversary of the USS Wisconsin's launching in 1943-two years to the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor.The USS Wisconsin opened for main deck tours on April 16, 2001. That date marked the 57th anniversary of the ship's commissioning in 1944.

Exhibits:
The museum features hands-on exhibits, interactive theaters, aquaria, digital high-definition films and an extensive variety of educational programs. Nauticus has a high-definition large screen theater and shows several nautically-related films on a rotating basis.

The second floor of Nauticus houses the Hampton Roads Naval Museum. On the third floor of Nauticus, guests can view a variety of science and maritime exhibits, including: aquaria, a horseshoe crab touch tank, shark lab, Science On a Sphere, NOAA exhibits, interactive theaters and a weather station.