CAMDEN, NJ — After closing tours following Labor Day with revenue seeing a noticeable decline, Battleship New Jersey announced Wednesday it will be back this weekend for “Fire Power” walkthroughs of its largest vessel.

The Board of Trustees of the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial says it will “re-open with a bang,” providing not only tours starting Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. but randomly picking guests to fire a portside saluting gun throughout the day.

Attendees also have the chance to fire the gun for a $50 donation.

Our newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.

“We are grateful to both the legislature and Governor Phil Murphy for seeing the importance of the Battleship New Jersey to both our region and state, and including our nation’s most decorated battleship in the budget,” said Marshall Spevak, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Battleship New Jersey. “The Battleship is one of New Jersey’s biggest tourist attractions, and we can now have students and families back aboard to experience first-hand a national icon located right here on the Camden Waterfront.”

Anyone interested in a tour can look forward to a variety of sights: the forecastle (forward deck), 16-inch gun turrets, the navigation bridge, the Officers’ Wardroom, the interior exhibit areas, the 52-ft. Seahawk helicopter, the fantail and more!  

An extended free guided tour of the Engine Room and Turret II is also available.

In order to adhere to coronavirus safety and health protocols, guests, staff and volunteers will be screened, everyone is required to wear a face mask and observe social distancing of at least six feet while onsite.

Tours will be capped at 10 guests every 15 minutes, in order to avoid crowds along the route.

“We still want to offer safe and exciting tours to our guests,” said Phil Rowan, CEO/Executive Director of the Battleship. “Our cleaning crew will continue to maintain a clean tour route, and we’ll still offer hand-washing and sanitizing stations along the tour route and in the Visitors Center.”

Tours of the battleship will be available Saturday and Sundays through the end of year. To purchase tickets go to battleshipnewjersey.org. Prices are as follows: $24.95 for adults, $19.95 for veterans, seniors and children age 12 and older.

You can also drop off items to support troops overseas. A list of items needed can be found by clicking here.