Annually Pearl Harbor has been able to accommodate over 1.5 million visitors every year, which makes it to be one of the most visited attractions in Hawaii. Pearl Harbor is home to a huge collections of World War II artefact and memorabilia including the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri Battleship, and USS Bowfin Submarine. Below are the attractions that you can visit inside the Pearl Harbor.
USS Arizona Memorial Monument:
The USS Arizona Memorial is dedicated to the 1,177 Sailors and Marines who lost their lives during the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7th, 1941. The memorial was constructed above the remains of the sunken battleship, USS Arizona. The USS Arizona Memorial tour package includes a short film about the history of the attack, and a ferry to and from the memorial aboard a US Navy shuttle. While on the memorial, take the time to pay your respects to the fallen warriors through a moment of quiet reflection. Book your reservations now as this is the most popular destination for visitors at Pearl Harbor.
USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park:
Launched approximately a year after the Pearl Harbor attack, the USS Bowfin, nicknamed the “Pearl Harbor Avenger”, served nine combat patrols throughout World War II. Today, she spends her retirement in Pearl Harbor as a museum exhibit. Children and adults over 4 years of age are welcome to board the USS Bowfin to get a taste for the submariner life during WWII. Besides the submarine, be sure to explore the rest of the museum and park for great historical insights into the Pacific during WWII.
Battleship Missouri (BB-63) Memorial and Museum:
Nicknamed the “Mighty Mo”, the USS Missouri retains her title as the last battleship built for and commissioned by the US Navy. While you can explore this amazing vessel at your own pace, we do offer guided tours with experienced staff who can answer all of your questions about the USS Missouri and her role during WWII. Her overwhelming 16” gun battery, the Surrender Deck, and the bridge are some of the many aspects of the ship that you can check out! Please remember however, that you MUST be a part of an authorized tour group, or have a valid military I.D. to gain access to Ford Island, where the USS Missouri is located.
Pacific Aviation Museum:
The Pacific Aviation Museum located on Ford Island is the newest museum within Pearl Harbor. The museum was built in and around the original hangers that survived the Pearl Harbor attack. The tours are self guided and include exhibits of WWII-era aviation, along with an exhibition on the Flight Control Tower, and combat flight simulators (additional fees apply). Foreign-language audio tours are available in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, and Mandarin, in addition to English.
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Hours:
Pearl Harbor is open daily from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The only exceptions are New Year’s Day (January 1), Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day (December 25). Additionally, special ceremonies on December 7th (Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack) will restrict public access to the USS Arizona Memorial.