Programs and Events

May 27 - Nautical Nights Family Overnight

Spend the night on a WWII battleship! Guest will enjoy overnight accommodations, all-day admission , two meals and nautical themed activities. $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102. Participants must be at least 6 years of age.

May 27-29 - Memorial Day Weekend

Free admission for all US veterans and active duty all weekend. 9:00am-5:00pm

May 29 - Memorial Day Ceremony

Rain or Shine

Remember, honor and celebrate those who gave their lives to ensure the freedoms we now enjoy on May 29, 2017, at Battleship Cove for an official commemoration ceremony with keynote speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Tracy, from the Naval War College.

Experience a traditional military observance, honoring the fallen and Gold Star Families at 12:00pm with the raising of the American flag from half-staff and a 21-gun salute.

The ceremony is open to the public at no charge. All Veterans will also receive free admission from Saturday, May 27, to Monday, May 29, 2017.

Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

June 2-4 - Museum Ships on the Air

Sponsored by the Battleship New Jersey, this is a nation-wide radio event aiming to get as many museum ships on the air for 48 hours. This will be the first year the USS Massachusetts will participate. The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., will also be participating.

Cooking for over 2000 crewmembers was a momentous task on a daily basis. This behind the scenes tour takes you into food-related areas on the battleship for an insider's look into what it took to feed all those hungry sailors! The tour will be led by the director of education and will include a galley style meal prepared by the ship's caterer, and a souvenir Snack Ration box. Space is limited and reservations are required. $60 pp. Limit 15. 11:00am-1:30pm.

June 10 - Battleship Volunteer Field Day

Here is your chance to volunteer for a day and help preserve a World War battleship! Lunch and supplies provided. Registration required. Contact Emily Bryant at 508-678-1100 ext. 110 for more details, or to register.

June 10 - 45th Anniversary of Nautical Nights

Did you know Nautical Nights is the country's oldest overnight museum camping program?

Join Battleship Cove as we celebrate 45 years with a special overnight for families! ($65pp - dinner and breakfast).

All guests will enjoy on-board accommodations, new educational programming, fun activities, and be entered to win "Captain of the Crew" for the night.

Battleship Cove pioneered the concept of organized youth groups spending an evening aboard a naval vessel in 1972, and has hosted over 700,000 campers and families to date. Adventurous guests are treated to the life of the sailor by sleeping in restored bunks, eating chow-style meals and learning about the brave men who served aboard US Naval ships.

A visit to Battleship Cove is special. Spending an overnight onboard one of the mightiest defenders of freedom truly is an unforgettable experience!

Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102 today for more information, or to book your overnight adventure! Special patches will be available for purchase in the museum gift shop.

June 17 - Submarine Day

The spotlight is on the USS Lionfish for the day with special guided tours given by submarine veterans along with special programs and crafts for the whole family.

Learn about Navy sailors and make your own boat in this great art class at the Maritime Museum. Activity and supplies included with general admission, or for the art class only - $5.00.
Art Class only participants will not receive admission to exhibits and ships.


July 8 - Family Nautical Nights Camping Adventure

Spend the night on a WWII battleship and discover a sailor's life! Guests will enjoy overnight accommodations, dinner and breakfast and games and activities highlighting what it was like to sail on the mighty battleship. $65 per person - Members $55. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 508-678-1100 ext. 101/102.

July 12 - Mermaids, Maritime Art Class for Kids

Maritime Museum

Lean about the myth of the mermaid as you create your own masterpiece! 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Maritime Museum. All activities and supplies included with general admission.

We're sailing the popular Battleship Brewfest to summer in this new after hours event on the battleship fantail! Enjoy beers from craft and import breweries while you chow down on a BBQ prepared by George's Chow Line Galley. Tickets are $45 in advance - Members $40. MUST be 21+ to attend. Valid ID required at door. Rain date July 15. 6:00-9:00pm. Live music.

July 19 - Signal Flags, Maritime Art for Kids.

Maritime Museum

Learn the art of signal flags! International maritime signal flags are various flags used to communicate with ships. The principal system of flags and associated codes is the International Code of Signals. Join the Maritime Museum for this fun class and make your own signal flags to create naval messages! All activities and supplies are included with general admission. 10:00am-3:00pm.