The Heart of the Missouri Tour
(75 minutes, $25 adults, $12 ages 10-12)
The Heart of the Missouri tour showcases the power behind the Mighty Mo, known to many as one of the greatest Battleships of all time. As our most requested guided tour, you will see the mechanics behind this Iowa-class battleship which was designed for speed and firepower.
What exactly does it take to move a ship three football fields long at a speed of nearly 40 MPH? How does one 16-inch gun fire a 2,700 pound projectile to an incredible 23 miles with pinpoint accuracy? Not only will this tour answer some of your most frequently asked questions about one of history’s most dominant warships, but you’ll get hands on training with lessons on lighting off one of the eight three-story Babcock and Wilcox boilers. Grab onto the throttles releasing the steam which drives the ship’s massive propellers. Venture down Broadway, the longest and widest passage on the ship and meet (via video) the ship’s last Chief Engineer who will explain the work of the “snipes,” the men who worked below the water line in the heart of the Missouri. And if you’re up for it, test your firing skills in the aft plotting room, where you will enter data into the Missouri’s giant analog computers and pull the trigger that fires the big guns!
For your safety, please note that this is a physically strenuous tour and is not recommended for those with mobility constraints. You must be able to climb ten sets of “ladders,” (Navy-talk for steep, narrow stairs), step over a dozen two-foot high obstacles and navigate through tight doorways and low overheads. Closed toe shoes are mandatory and tour is limited to guests ages 10 and above. This intimate tour has a capacity of ten visitors at a time.