Don’t Just Learn History – Live it at Battleship Cove Naval Heritage Museum in Fall River, MA

Celebrating 50 Years…

In 1964, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including over 6000 school children, banded together to save the battleship, USS Massachusetts, from being scrapped, and to bring her to the waterfront of historic Fall River on June 12, 1965. More than 500,000 people lined the shores of Narragansett Bay and the Taunton River that day to welcome their ship to the South Coast with cheers of jubilation and well wishes.

The largest vessel in the Battleship Cove fleet, USS Massachusetts is the centerpiece of the collection. Known as “Big Mamie” to her crewmembers during World War II, a battleship of the second South Dakota class, was the seventh ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the sixth state. Her keel was laid down 20 July 1939 at the Fore River Shipyard of Quincy, Massachusetts. She was launched on 23 September 1941, and commissioned on May 12, 1942, at Boston, Massachusetts.

Throughout her military career, she received eleven battle stars for World War II service and has the distinction of having fired both the first US Navy 16-inch shells of World War II and the last.

During her commemoration on August 14, 1965, the battleship’s historic significance was further recognized as she was made the official World War II Memorial for the state and opened as a public museum. Her first year she saw nearly 250,000 visitors from all over the world. Read more

All exhibits are currently open.

Our Mission

“The preservation of a historical memorial providing the public with an educational experience to honor patriotism and country.”

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Open daily, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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  • Battleship Cove

    5 Water Street
    Fall River , MA 02721-1540


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    Phone 1: 508-678-1100
    Phone 2: 800-533-3194
    Fax: 508-674-5597