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US Army Museum of Hawaii

Address: 2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
Phone Number: +1 808-955-9552
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Ranked #18 of 120 Attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii is under the direction of the U.S. Army Center of Military History...
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Type: History Museums, Military Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii is under the direction of the U.S. Army Center of Military History and receives well over 100,000 visitors a year. The Museum is free to all. Both the Museum and the Hawaii Army Society's Museum Store are open from 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Audio tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. Parking is available directly across from the museum. Validation for a reduced parking fee is available at the welcome desk. Constructed from 1909 to 1911, this Coastal Artillery Battery protected Oahu with its two 14-inch disappearing guns. The battery was built so well that it was unable to be torn down in the early 1970's to make way for the military's Hale Koa Hotel. The battery was turned into a museum in 1976 and begins with story of early Hawaiian warfare and covers every major military event in the Pacific theater of operations through Vietnam. The Gallery of Heroes honors Hawaii's soldiers who have received our nation's highest awards: the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hawaii Army Museum Society, also known by its acronym, HAMS, was organized by several former military veterans and patriotic members of the Honolulu community. Its sole mission is to support the development of the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii. Today, it continues that tradition by funding exhibit expansion and creation, and other improvements at the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii which is housed in historic Battery Randolph on the grounds of Ft. DeRussy in Waikiki.

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Rancho Cordova
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Visited this museum for the first time with my son (who is six) and was very impressed and greatly surprised by all it had inside. The staff were amazingly nice and helpful and the inside was nicely air-conditioned. There are bathrooms and a very nice (inexpensive) gift shop in the front, so all your needs are covered. The museum has... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I didnt even know what it was till I passed the building on my way to the beach. Amazing views You have to stop by, I loved my visit to the Army Museum

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I went in expecting to be occupied for 20 minutes or so. Two hours later I left resolving to come back and finish my tour. Most interesting and informative, it gives a special Hawaiian perspective on the State's role in the Army and all the major wars that the US has been involved in.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

For an overview of the history of Hawaii and especially of Fort DeRussy, spend a couple of hours here. Might be a good way to have the grandchildren absorb a little history if it rains on one of your beach days. One of the humorous touches is the continuous showing of the original Hawaii 5-O series on a bar TV... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015 via mobile

There are plenty of interesting fact boards, photos and short videos (be prepared to stand and read for a while). The kids loved the tanks, rifles and helicopter exhibit up on the second floor but other than that, they'd get bored pretty quickly. Can't complain as entry was free

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alinder
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This museum has lots of interesting exhibits on several centuries of Hawaii's military history and it's FREE. (Also, they validate parking at the Hale Koa garage.) Much of the museum focuses on the experiences of Japanese-American soldiers during World War II, but there are also features on Hawaii's coastal fortifications - in one of which the museum is housed -... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This turned out better than I expected, the view from the outside seems only a small building but is very misleading, there is a lot of information and exhibits on show, A must see attraction if you like this sort of history.

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

A very interesting place. Very surprised that an American museum should actually include the very poor treatment that the American Government bestowed on Japanese residents (many 2nd generation) living on the west coast of USA, ie. Interned them during the war. There is a lot to read and although we weren't there long, we found what we did get to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

My husband and I went for a walk and looked through the museum after our tour to the Arizona. It has free entry and you can get audio commentary for a small cost, but we just walked around and read/look/discovered the photos, artefacts, models, footage etc. You are able to take photos. There are also displays upstairs including photos of... More 

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Noosaville, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Pretty interesting but not at all interactive or progressive compared to others I have seen. Good stories within though.

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