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Centerpiece and other pieces of the silver service on display in the USS Iowa Silver Service exhibit

USS Iowa Silver Service

View elaborate pitchers, bowls, serving utensils and more from the original silver service used aboard the USS Iowa. This 40-piece collection of food and beverage serving vessels was crafted in 1896 and used for official ceremonies on the ship. 

The silver in this exhibit is on long-term loan from the U.S. Navy.


  • See intricate details of the silver, including interwoven symbols of Iowa and the U.S. Navy
  • Learn about the four ships bearing the name "Iowa" and their contributions in battle
  • Examine the shipbuilder's model of the USS Iowa BB4
  • Learn about dangers at sea and eight men aboard the USS Iowa BB4 who received Medals of Honor for their courageous actions