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

All  ships are open Monday – Sunday, April 1 – December 31, 9:00am-5:00pm.

Beginning on Monday, May 2, MassDOT will close Exit 5 off I-195 West to Route 79/138 in Fall River through September 2016. The closure is necessary for the contractor to build the new I-195 West off-ramp to Central Street, Route 79/138, and North Davol Street. Signs will be in place indicating detour routes.

Please review the detour route maps for more information.

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 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.

During her dedication on August 14, 1965, the battleship’s historic significance was further recognized as she was made the official World War II Memorial for the Commonwealth and opened as a public museum. Over the years, she has been joined by the destroyer, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., the submarine Lionfish, PT 617 and PT 796, and the Soviet built missile corvette, Hiddensee to form the largest collection of historic naval ships in the world, America’s Fleet Museum at Battleship Cove.

Battleship Cove is an incredible journey through our countries past for the whole family with fun events and programs to honor the history of these historic National Landmarks and the brave individuals who served aboard them.

Our Mission

“The preservation of a historical memorial providing the public with an educational experience to honor patriotism and country.”
Battleship Cove has been nominated by USA Today as “Best Museum Ship!” Vote today and help us reach number 1! Voting ends July 22nd. Vote once a day!

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  • Battleship Cove

    5 Water Street
    Fall River , MA 02721-1540


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