Hayden @ PLATFORM Introduces Golden Hour and its Specialty Wine Program

Hayden @ PLATFORM Introduces Golden Hour and its Specialty Wine Program

Platform LA seems to have it all going on, and for good reason, with one of its highlight restaurants — Hayden. Hayden, a modern Los Angeles restaurant and wine bar, is helmed by chef and partner, Ari Kolender. Aptly named for the creative community of the Hayden Tract, the restaurant will highlight local California ingredients with European influences set in a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere. Hayden will offer a new wine program and Golden Hour, from 5 pm to 7pm, which will offer $1.50 oysters and $8 glasses of wines with special tastings with Beverage Director Anthony Cailan on Saturdays.

In addition, the exquisite restaurant continues to offer its can’t-miss light morning menu, including Chef Kolender’s signature waffles, Vittoria coffee, plus a menu of tartines, salads, and sandwiches throughout the day. During afternoons and evenings, diners can expect oysters, European canned seafood, and an extensive selection of new California wines, which will also be available throughout the day in Hayden’s wine shop.

About Anthony Cailan

Anthony Cailan, Hayden’s Beverage Director, focuses especially on natural California wines in the shop, and is one of the few sommeliers who chill red wine by the glass. With an extensive culinary background in some of the most popular and successful businesses and events across California and the country, Cailan lends his expertise to Hayden to create a rare and unforgettable experience for diners.

About Ari Kolender

Chef Kolender has cooked in some of the best kitchens in Los Angeles, including Providence and Red Medicine. Before opening Hayden, he worked at The Ordinary and Leon’s Fine Poultry & Oyster Shop in Charleston, where he was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Chef award.

The design of the restaurant reflects the spirit of Kolender’s cooking.  This focus on simple high-quality materials can be seen in the custom woodwork, handmade ceramic flatware, and an Italian marble bar.  The Hayden team also collaborated with their neighbor, British designer Tom Dixon, on the lighting and furniture in the space.

Kolender summarized the spirit of the project: “Hayden was inspired by the neighborhood.  From gallery owners to music producers to fashion designers, the Hayden Tract is full of entrepreneurs as well as up and coming artists. I want to create a gathering space for all of these people to come together and enjoy a great meal and an incredible bottle of wine any time of day.  The food we cook at Hayden will be inspired by and reflect the diverse and elegant city in which we live.”

Location:
8820 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Hours: 12 pm – 9 pm daily
Phone: (310) 593-4777

Robert Irwin: Site Determined

Robert Irwin: Site Determined

The University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach presents Robert
Irwin: Site Determined, exploring outdoor environmental projects.
See the first exhibition to probe four decades of the artist’s evolution
through rare drawings and models. A rare look into the inner workings of an iconoclast.
The University Art Museum (UAM) at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
examines the practice of one of the most significant American artists of the postwar
generation in Robert Irwin: Site Determined. This exhibition traces Irwin’s process
development as he embraced the ambient environment itself as his medium in his outdoor
site-responsive projects.

ROBERT IRWIN: SITE DETERMINED
January 29 – April 15, 2018
Free Public Opening Reception: January 28, 4 – 6 p.m.

Robert Irwin: Site Determined reveals the artist’s process and demonstrates how
he used landscape as muse and upheld observer as collaborator. It becomes
clear, while viewing the multitude of the artist’s plans, that Irwin sees plays of
light and spatial shifts as opportunities for a particular type of discovery, from
visual perception, to environmental participation, to situational revelation. The
artist establishes a new space for interaction-driven creative insight. With
reverence for the outdoor environment comes a new way of art making—one
that is intimate and full of affect. The story of Irwin’s growth is accompanied by
the journey of the viewer, as they come to understand how their perception
plays a role in art appreciation—an appreciation that contributes to a collective
sense of place. Robert Irwin: Site Determined allows the viewer to stand
alongside Irwin in these aesthetic inquiries, to recognize their body in space and
realize the profundity of their own dynamic interactions with environment
around them.

Window Wall (1975), is
located on the CSULB
campus.

 

 

 

Robert Irwin: Site Determined begins with his 1975 drawing for Window Wall, in
the moment when Irwin “broke the frame,” turning the ambient environment
itself into his medium. The exhibition traces his continued site-responsive
experimentation over several decades, examining the development of projects
now beloved, such as the Getty Central Garden and Untitled (dusk to dawn) in
Marfa, Texas, as well as projects that were never actualized. Unrealized projects,
like the Arts Enrichment Master Plan for the Miami International Airport,
are unknown to the public, and these drawings and models are the only way
someone can experience them. The artist writes that site determined art, “draws
all of its cues (reasons for being) from its surroundings. This requires the process
to begin with an intimate, hands-on reading of the site.” “A quiet distillation of
all of this,” he adds, “determines all the facets of the ‘sculptural response.’” In
this way, the artist relinquishes agency to the environment itself, commits to a
conditional practice, and becomes a leading voice in contemporary art.

Robert Irwin, Two Running Violet V Forms (1982). Ink and pencil, 24 x 46 inches. Stuart Collection Records,
Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego. Photograph: Philipp Scholz Rittermann.
© 2018 Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Robert Irwin: Site Determined invites the visitor to witness Irwin’s thinking as he
developed unique responses to different sites. Almost all the drawings and
architectural models of projects dating from 1975 to 1982 are in the context of
university campuses, where foot traffic would energize the works. The figure
above shows his drawing for Two Running Violent V Forms, with its initial pink
coloring. The project was installed within a wooded area on the campus of UC
San Diego. Irwin shifted his color choice and highlighted the natural blues of the
site; indigo transparent scrims pulled tautly between seven poles captured the
sky within the trees. Here we see the artist’s penchant for reframing the
landscape to create a new sense of the environment.
The infinite possible perceptions of the micro and macro create the logical
framework for the artist’s ambitious Miami International Airport commission
proposal; derived from the tropical South Florida surroundings, the project plans
showcase the artist’s sense of aesthetic order, from petal, to stalk, to stream.
Although the project was never realized, the care with which creative choices
were made is clear in these drawings, in each element snaking from the
terminals to the gardens. In the Central Garden of the J. Paul Getty Center, Irwin
applied the lessons of the Miami project with spiraling greenery around a
walkable labyrinth. Several drawings and an architectural model guide the viewer
through the developing conception of Irwin’s monumental, “modern garden,” as
he termed it.

Robert Irwin, Arts Enrichment Master Plan, proposed 1986 (unrealized). Miami International Airport, Toll
Plaza (Third Presentation), 1986. Color ink on paper (two views), 44 x 58 inches. Collection Museum of
Contemporary Art San Diego. Museum purchase with Jackie and Rea Axline Funds. Photograph: Pablo
Mason. © 2018 Robert Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Robert Irwin: Site Determined also draws parallels between the artist’s aesthetic
evolution and widening conceptions of his practice. The exhibition underscores
his exploration of chromatic vibrancy and development as a draughtsman in the
planning of his most ambitious projects. The UAM invites the viewer to observe
the artist’s increasing creative freedom and expanding artistic range.
The exhibition culminates with twenty drawings and two architectural models for
one of Irwin’s most important site-determined works, Untitled (dusk to dawn),
completed in 2016 in Marfa, Texas. The project, at one time drawn with bright
orange hues, was ultimately built in a monochromic palette upon the ruins of the
Fort D.A. Russell hospital building on the campus of the Chinati Foundation.
Although he ultimately decided against the use of color as shown here in Marfa
Color Plan (2002), Irwin used the lack of roof and windowpanes to his advantage;
hanging translucent scrim panels in the black and white hallways, the artist
created an illuminated and ephemeral space that mediates between indoor and
outdoor. The crawling dance of light and shadow in this acclaimed project
creates its own color, when examined closely. The Chinati Foundation building’s
art and architecture inspire long, lingering looks, deep reflection by the viewer,
and represent a high point in the artist’s esteemed career. The drawings
presented in the exhibition lead the viewer through the artist’s process as the
project evolved, giving the viewer a rare glimpse into Irwin’s thinking in the
development of his masterpieces.

Robert Irwin, Marfa Color Plan (2002). Color pencil on Mylar, Sheet: 30 x 42 inches. Collection Museum of
Contemporary Art San Diego, Promised gift of L.J. Cella., Photograph: Pablo Mason. © 2018 Robert
Irwin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

This exhibition is organized by the University Art Museum, CSULB, and is curated
by Dr. Matthew Simms, Professor of Art History, CSULB. Simms is editor of
Robert Irwin, Notes Toward a Conditional Art (Getty 2011) and author of Robert
Irwin: A Conditional Art (Yale 2016).

The exhibition opens to the public on Monday, January 29
and is on view until April 15, 2018, after which it will travel to the Pratt Institute
of Architecture. 

Acknowledgements
The UAM would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to those who generously
provided financial support to the exhibition and catalogue publication.
Exhibition, publication, and programming funding was granted by the
Contemporary Collectors of Orange County, the Pasadena Art Alliance, the
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Port of Long
Beach, the Arts Council for Long Beach, the City of Long Beach, and the Miller
Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Museum Studies Program at
the CSULB; the CSULB Instructionally Related Activities Fund; CSULB Associate
Students, Inc.; the Ware Endowment; the Charles and Elizabeth Brooks
Endowment; the Constance W. Glenn Fund for Exhibition and Education
Programs; Dr. Ronald and Sylvia Hartman, Donna Mills, and Brian Cooke.
The “Window Wall” conservation project is made possible by generous funding
from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Elaine Ridder, Tom and
Barbara Peckenpaugh, Dr. Ronald and Sylvia Hartman, Michael and Susan Davis,
Michael and Lynn Stearns, Helen and Stanley Molles, and Judy Ross. The UAM is
also indebted to the Getty Conservation Institute, Rosa Lowinger and Associates,
and Facilities Management at CSULB for partnering with us on the conservation.

Events
UAM @ Noon Gallery Talk with Matthew Simms
Wednesday, February 21, 12-1 p.m. | Location: UAM Main Gallery

Join us for an exhibition walkthrough with Art History Professor Matthew Simms,
Curator of Robert Irwin: Site Determined. Professor of Art History at CSU Long
Beach. Simms holds a PhD in Art History from Harvard University (1998). In
addition to being author and editor of the aforementioned leading books on
Irwin, he also conducted a landmark oral history interview with Irwin under the
auspices of the Archives of American Art, Washington, DC (2014). Most recently,
Simms authored of the first scholarly monograph on Irwin’s art and career,
Robert Irwin: A Conditional Art, published in 2016 by Yale University Press.

In Conversation: Practice, Process, and Projects with Walter Hood
Thursday, March 8, 7-9 p.m. | Location: UAM Front Plaza

The UAM and the Department of Design have partnered to present a talk by
Walter Hood as part of the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series.

Walter Hood is the award-winning Creative Director and Founder of Hood Design
Studio in Oakland, CA. He is also a professor at the University of California,
Berkeley and lectures internationally. Hood Design Studio is tripartite practice,
working across art + fabrication, design + landscape, and research + urbanism.
The resulting urban spaces and their objects act as public sculpture, creating new
apertures through which to see the surrounding emergent beauty, strangeness,
and idiosyncrasies. The Studio’s award winning work has been featured in
publications including Dwell, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast
Company, Architectural Digest, Places Journal, and Landscape Architecture
Magazine. Walter Hood is also a recipient of the 2017 Academy of Arts and
Letters Architecture Award.

In Conversation: Site Determined – An Unfolding in Time with Sally Yard
Wednesday, April 11, 7-9 p.m. | Location: UAM Front Plaza

Sally Yard is Professor of Art History, University of San Diego. She writes about
art since the Second World War and researches the interconnectedness of public
art, its time, and its terrain. Yard is the author of Christo: Oceanfront (Princeton
University Press) and contributing essayist in Robert Irwin (Museum of
Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Rizzoli, 1993); Museum as Muse (Museum of
Modern Art, New York and Abrams, 1999); along with Private Time in Public
Space (1998), Fugitive Spaces (2002), and A Dynamic Equilibrium: In Pursuit of
Public Terrain (2007).

About the Catalogue – Robert Irwin: Site Determined
Robert Irwin: Site Determined is the first book to focus on the role drawings and
models have played in the artist’s creative process. It includes projects on
college campuses; his major, yet never realized, commission for the Miami
International Airport; the Central Garden at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los
Angeles; and the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas, a monumental artwork that
brilliantly connects viewers to the land and sky, and one of Irwin’s most
ambitious works to date. Throughout this collection of drawings and models of
magnificent, groundbreaking projects, readers will come to see Irwin as a
visionary artist and brilliant draftsman.
It is published by the University Art Museum at California State University, Long
Beach and DelMonico Books•Prestel. The richly illustrated catalogue includes
historical and interpretive essays written by specialists on Irwin’s art. The
authors include:
Matthew Simms, Professor of Art History at CSU Long Beach.
He is the editor of Notes Toward a Conditional Art: The Writings of Robert Irwin
(Getty, 2011). He recently conducted a landmark oral history interview with Irwin
under the auspices of the Archives of American Art, Washington, DC (2014).
Sally Yard, Professor of Art History at the University of San Diego.
Yard holds an MA and a PhD in Art and Archeology from Princeton University.
Her work focuses on the relationship of art and public space. Selected published
works include essays in Robert Irwin (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
and Rizzoli, 1993) and A Dynamic Equilibrium: In Pursuit of Public Terrain (2007)
Ed Schad, writer and curator living in Los Angeles. He writes for Art Review, Art
Slant, and The Brooklyn Rail, among other publications. He is Associate Curator
and Publication Manager at the Broad, Los Angeles. He holds an MA from the
School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Written by Amanda Fruta
Public Affairs & Communications Specialist
University Art Museum, CSU Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90814
Amanda.fruta@csulb.edu

 

Dine At Osteria Bigoli and Feel Like Chef Claudio Marchesan Is Cooking Just For You

Dine At Osteria Bigoli and Feel Like Chef Claudio Marchesan Is Cooking Just For You

Looking for a more traditional meal that packs a lot of flavor without having to fly to Italy? Look no further than Chef Claudio Marchesan’s Osteria Bigoli on Montana Ave in Santa Monica.

While we’re still dreaming about the tender veal loin chop paired perfectly with the house red, what has me looking forward to my next visit is how Chef Claudio makes sure to greet each guest like family. During our dinner at the cozy restaurant, Chef not only came out and spoke with each party but often knew at least one guest by name and is just opener to the northeast Italian specialities that await you within the menu.

Chef Claudio in his element. Photo Credit: @osteriabigoli

Chef Claudio has been serving Osteria Bigoli “old world new” favorites at such as veal loin chop, chicken parm, and other classic Italian favorites since 2016 and has quickly become the go-to place for a delicious meal in a cozy atmosphere that really does feel you stepped right into Chef’s home.

With option including paleo, roasted meats, sustainable fish, grass-fed Angus Flat Iron steak and marinated vegetables, Chef Claudio’s favorite indigents shine. Veal and pork meatballs are prepared  “old school” with a rich Pomodoro sauce and fresh parmesan. Well worth a drive over to the westside for a proper supper!

More information about the must-try restaurant’s Valentine’s Day offerings, live cooking demonstration classes and more curated by Chef Claudio and loyal 20 year business partner Mark Arreola coming soon.

Osteria Bigoli is located at 714 Montana Ave. Santa Monica, CA and is open Tue – Sat, 5:30 pm – 10 pm; Sun, 5 pm – 9:30 pm. Visit www.bigoliosteria.com for more information. 

Ely Anne Vedar

Food & Lifestyle Editor

While California feels like it’s always been her home, Hawaii, San Francisco, Las Vegas and the Philippines are just a few places Ely Anne has lived thus cultivating her lifelong appetite for finding, trying and sharing new adventures, especially through food and wellness activities. She loves how food can always bring people together – anywhere, any time – and that’s what fuels her passion for public relations and marketing. Ely finds it invigorating to have a hand in seeing brands thrive in their community by using her PR, marketing and event production skills. She is also a regular Editor for SoCal Magazine and other digital publications.

Pappy’s Seafood: Elevated Classics

Pappy’s Seafood: Elevated Classics

(See All Aboard the USS Iowa to find out what else you can do before or after visiting this delicious destination.)

So, you’ve visited the Battleship Iowa Museum, and after an immersive, tiring tour of climbing, walking, exploring, and learning, it’s time to leave and find something to eat (and preferably nearby). San Pedro is a fairly small place, and this is quite possibly the city’s greatest advantage, because after what feels like all day on a battleship, the greatest food is only 5 minutes away!

Pappy’s Seafood, located just a couple of blocks from USS Iowa, is something to look forward to in the second half of a day-long trip to San Pedro. Incredibly, this new restaurant will bring you back to San Pedro repeatedly with their elevated seafood experience. Below are some of Pappy’s dishes and drinks that not only look familiar, but are also bound to be unlike any seafood you’ve ever had. Forget everything you know about these ocean signatures and classics, as Pappy’s has carved a lane for itself in the seafood dining world.

Dive In

Though Pappy’s Seafood is only nearing half a year since opening, it’s hard to believe that it hasn’t been in San Pedro for over a decade. Pappy’s blends into its street of lined boutiques and restaurants well, yet is defined by its fresh paint, window-lined walls, and corner foundation. The “open-air” style restaurant houses comfortable window-side tables and chairs, toasty lantern-lit booths, and a premium seated bar, with a friendly hostess, waitresses and waiters, and a bartender all ready to welcome you.

Nautical colors and décor do well at defining the restaurant and preparing you for the experience in store. Clean white walls, and navy-blue paint don’t make Pappy’s feel empty and bare, but rather close and intimate, as you have your own space not too near to any other diners. And though the restaurant has no views of the ocean, and certainly feels as if you’ve anchored in a seaside cabin.

Smooth Sailing & A Trio of Plunges

Pappy’s features an extended menu of spirits, wines, beers, and cocktails, so it was only appropriate to begin with a classic Rose wine: smooth and sweet, with the perfect contrasting tartness in the aftertaste.

Some of their specialty nonalcoholic drinks are Hibiscus Arnold Palmer, Watermelon Mint Limeade, and Passion Fruit Tea. Each of these notable drinks are house-made and brewed on location, and are the perfect matches to the seafood dishes Pappy’s has to offer.

Hibiscus Arnold Palmer: A classic deep red appearance of hibiscus tea, but infused with the sweet and tart flavors of an Arnold Palmer (sweet and lemonade).

Watermelon Mint Limeade: This summery concoction could refresh the thirstiest of sailors. Not only did it taste extremely fresh with its mint flavor, but the sweet familiarity of watermelon coupled with the hint of lime could make the drink a Pappy’s favorite, and the ultimate summer drink.

Passion Fruit Tea: It can be said that this powerful trio of colorful drinks are easily enjoyed by even the most sophisticated tea lovers. However, the Passion Fruit Tea, possesses the earthiest and sharpest taste of all three. This brewed beverage is well balanced with the contrastingly sweet passion fruit.

Starters

Mac and Cheese w/ Lobster: At first glance, Pappy’s mac and cheese (lobster optional) appears to be your everyday cheesy baked pasta. Don’t be fooled — this appetizer is anything but ordinary. Pappy’s mac and cheese uses shell pasta, but is not thick and extra cheesy like the macaroni and cheese many of us have come to love. In fact, this rendition of macaroni and cheese carefully considers its seafood ally, and contains just enough cheese to share the spotlight with chunky pieces of lobster. This golden chest of pasta is topped off with a toasty breadcrumb crust, reminiscent of sweet cornbread.

Crab Cakes: There are crab cakes. Then there are Pappy’s crab cakes. As if they had just brought back a catch, Pappy’s manages to pack a powerful punch of freshness and flavor. Consequently, with a sprinkle of greens, cherry tomatoes, a dash of sea salt, and a drizzle of house tartar, the flavor of the crab cakes is amplified even more.

Clam Chowder Soup: This New England style clam chowder is actually not like eating a soup at all. In fact, Pappy’s clam chowder could be related to a baked dish in terms of texture and taste: layers of flavor, thicker than usual, and a wholesome, hearty treat. Available in two sizes, Pappy’s clam chowder can be a complete entrée when served in the bread bowl, or as a side dish in a bowl or cup.

The Main Course

Blackened Shrimp Fish Plate: Pappy’s offers a variety of fish plates, consisting of sea bass, Ahi, shrimp, salmon, or Mahi Mahi, cooked in 3 styles: garlic herb butter, chimichurri, and blackened seasoning. All fish plates are served with salad, and rice or potatoes. Reminiscent of a traditional Louisiana meal, the blackened shrimp was spicy and flavorful with its Cajun tones, and roasted red potatoes. The salad, a light vinaigrette dressing compounded with citrus notes was the perfect contrast to bring the otherwise heavy meal together.

Lobster Roll w/ Pappy Fries: This could undoubtedly be one of the best lobster rolls in Southern California. Their house-made tartar paired with the warm, buttery French roll made it an absolute delicacy. Pappy’s has mastered this simple sandwich of moist Maine lobster in between with dill weed, tartar, and purple onions. The bonus fries offered with the lobster roll top the dish off with a trio of sauces: house-made ketchup, garlic aioli, and chipotle mayo. This is somewhat of a treat, as Pappy’s doesn’t give guests just one sauce, but let’s them face the impossibility of choosing a sole favorite!

A Sweet Ending

Chocolate Chip Cookie: The final and perfect way to end a meal at Pappy’s is to indulge in one of their pillow-soft, chunky chocolate chip cookies.

Location:
301 W 6th St, San Pedro, CA 90731
(424) 224-5444
pappysseafood.com

Hours:
11:30 am – 9:30 pm, daily.

Contributing Writer: Anthony C. Stafford

All Aboard The USS IOWA

All Aboard The USS IOWA

(See Pappy’s Seafood: Elevated Classics for a great lunch or dinner after visiting USS Iowa.)

Southern California has a hidden, historical gem unlike any other, located in the coastal city of San Pedro. Potentially overlooked by many Californians, San Pedro is home to a perfect combination of education, discovery, fun, and considered by many to be the perfect destination for individuals, friends, and family. Here’s what visitors can look forward to when they book a visit to the USS Iowa in this beautiful coastal city.

USS Iowa: A History Lesson

The battleship Iowa is possibly one of the best kept secrets in Southern California, and is an experience unlike any other. Visitors can expect to spend about 2 hours or more at the battleship, depending on their tickets and tour type. Daily tours include visits to see the largest guns on the U.S. Navy ship, the officer’s ward room, President Roosevelt’s cabin, the armored bridge, mess decks, helicopter deck, missile decks, and other areas. With 6 tours to choose from, each is catered to the appropriate visitor based on age and accessibility, desired pace, group size, and special access to usually unavailable parts of the battleship.

With a length of over 800 feet, the USS Iowa, also known as “The Big Stick” in 1952, and “The Grey Ghost” during the Korean War, is the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships, and was the only ship of her class to have served in the Atlantic Ocean during World War II. To experience the USS Iowa is to walk to into a virtual time capsule. As if frozen in time, various interior and exterior fixtures, weapons, designs, tools, and technology from 1940 and later lie throughout the ship, setting a stage for the major role that the USS Iowa played in our U.S. and world history.

Though it served during World War II, the Korean War, and through the Cold War, the USS Iowa has stood the test of time, receiving occasional renovations, refurbishments, upgrades, and repairs. She earned 11 battle stars during her career and even hosted three U.S. Presidents — Franklin, Reagan, and H.W. Bush. Though it may not seem like it today with the fantasy of movies and special effects, the USS Iowa is the largest and most powerful ship of its time and ever built.

What to Expect

The USS Iowa opened in Los Angeles, (her final placement) on July 4, 2012, to a crowd of over 1,500 supporters and veterans at Port of Los Angeles Berth 87. The USS Iowa Museum offers daily tours, group programs, education visits, special events, filming, military ceremonies, and is in the process of starting an overnight program. Today, dozens of veterans volunteer in guided tours, and assist in the daily operations, like cleaning, maintenance and upkeep.

The battleship is a ginormous vertical and horizontal labyrinth of steel corridors on the inside, and on the outside, an intimidating vessel marked by the scars of past wars.  Standing on any part of the deck will boast amazing panoramic views of the San Pedro Harbor.  It’s difficult to imagine what life must have been like to live on an armed ship in the peaks of various wars, and it was no easy task for anyone aboard the ship. With tight quarters, halls, and passages throughout, the amount of human effort, coordination, agility, and caution necessary to keep the USS Iowa moving without a hitch is unimaginable. It’s important to consider that this is a vessel that has housed thousands of men, so space was extremely limited, and everyone had a required duty to fulfill. Even more important to note is that in the height of war, even the deck was no safety zone. In fact, the deck was one of the most dangerous places to be during storms, and when the ship’s guns were in use.

Undoubtedly an educational experience that is not only fun, but extremely immersive, the USS Iowa is a destination that brings the lifestyles of on-duty United States servicemen from early last century into clear perspective. It is an opportunity that may possibly be overlooked by many, but it is also an opportunity for any and every one to find fascination in, and appreciation for many aspects of the experience — including just how far our technological advancement has evolved.

What was once considered to be a “state of the art” battleship, has now become a legendary and well-respected piece of history. If spending a morning exploring the USS Iowa sounds like a good getaway, then consider visiting with family and friends to see first-hand why the USS Iowa is so magnificent.

Parking, Location, and Admission

The Museum is located at Berth 87 at the Los Angeles World Cruise Port Terminal at the LA Waterfront / Port of Los Angeles. The Battleship Iowa Museum shares the parking lot with the World Cruise Terminal.

Parking is accessible from 1st Street & Harbor Boulevard.

The first hour of parking is free, and each additional hour is $2 with a maximum of $18 per day.

Address:
Battleship Iowa Museum
250 South Harbor Blvd.
San Pedro, CA  90731

Tours Available:
Full Steam Ahead: visitors are allowed access to areas of the ship generally not viewed by the public, such as the Engine Room.
Self-Guided: allows for guests to explore the areas permitted for public access by the USS Iowa Museum at their own pace.
Group: discounted rates on admission
Senior Group: provide a guided tour experience through history to areas that are easily accessible.
Curator’s Tour: VIP experience allows guests to tour the USS Iowa Battleship and Museum while accompanied by a member of the ship’s crew.
Interactive Tour: Download the USS Iowa App for an award-winning, interactive tour.

After a day of exploration aboard the USS Iowa, consider visiting Pappy’s Seafood for a befitting elevated dining experience — only five minutes away!

Contributing Writer: Anthony C. Stafford