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A Visitor’s Guide to Pearl Harbor’s Memorials, Museums, and Exhibits

July 28th, 2021 Culture
A Visitor’s Guide to Pearl Harbor’s Memorials, Museums, and Exhibits

In nearly five months, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial will lead the nation in commemorating the 80th anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack that shocked the world. Join others to honor the nearly 2,500 fallen Americans by visiting Pearl Harbor’s memorials, museums, and exhibits. Here’s everything you need to know about these engaging learning opportunities that together tell the story of the Pacific War and the accomplishments of a previous generation.

Tickets for all attractions are available at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites ticketing counters, located in the courtyard of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center. Visit their website for current hours and the most up-to-date information.

Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, attractions mentioned may be closed or cancelled without notice. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for updates and social distancing measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures.

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USS Arizona Memorial

The USS Arizona Memorial is built over the remains of the sunken battleship USS Arizona which marks the final resting place of the 1,177 crewmen killed on December 7, 1941. The free experience lasts an hour and 15 minutes and includes a 23-minute documentary on the history of Pearl Harbor and a short boat ride to and from the memorial. Enhance your experience with the National Park Services’ USS Arizona Memorial Audio Tour or the Pearl Harbor Virtual Reality Center where you can travel back in time with never-before-seen 360-degree perspectives.


The Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum

Formally known as the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the newly expanded and renovated Pacific Fleet Submarine Museum has several fascinating indoor and outdoor exhibits with thousands of artifacts. Climb aboard the USS Bowfin fleet attack submarine for a self-guided look at life aboard the World War II vessel. Launched exactly one year after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USS Bowfin was nicknamed the ‘Pearl Harbor Avenger’.


USS Missouri Memorial

Built in the midst of World War II, the USS Missouri was officially commissioned in June 1944 and went on to support the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, as well as the Korean and Gulf War. The ‘last battleship ever built’ continues to attract visitors with self-guided and guided tours and a walk in the footsteps of General Douglas MacArthur. The USS Missouri, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and USS Oklahoma Memorial are located on Ford Island and are only accessible to the general public via the shuttle buses which depart from the Visitor Center.

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Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is built upon America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II. Explore authentic World War II-era hangars, the battle-damaged air field, a combat flight simulator, and 50+ vintage aircrafts and artifacts that tell the story of America’s involvement in World War II. Make note of the historic Ford Island Field Control Tower (pictured above), which was 80 percent complete at the time of the attack.


USS Oklahoma Memorial

The granite and marble monument on Ford Island honors the 429 servicemen who died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor. Standing next to the former berth of the Oklahoma, the black granite walls pay tribute to the hull of the ship, while the white marble represents the lost sailors and Marines. Check out the USS Oklahoma Memorial while visiting the USS Missouri or the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, also located on Ford Island.

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