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US Army Museum of Hawaii

2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
+1 808-955-9552
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As featured in Honolulu for free
Ranked #16 of 155 attractions in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, History Museums, Military Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Attention!!! U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will be closed from April 1 - June 9, 2014 to undergo major restoration and maintenance work throughout its... more » Owner description: Attention!!! U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii will be closed from April 1 - June 9, 2014 to undergo major restoration and maintenance work throughout its exhibit areas. The Hawaii Army Museum Society's (HAMS) Museum Store will remain open with new hours of operation: Monday-Friday from 9 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. We apologize for any inconvenience. 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. 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. The Museum 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 9am - 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. Audio tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. « less
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is very interesting museum to visit and I encourage all to visit. However- it's currently closed for renovation. The sign says it's until June (9th I think) but the people we spoke to when we went to the gift shop (still open) said they think it will be July.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This medium-size military exhibition is housed in an early 20th-century artillery emplacement. The entrance is free but you are asked to sign a guest book (a good idea to do that). For a historical weapons buff this is a good place to see the American, German, Soviet and Japanese weapons of all kinds, as well as the improvised Vietcong weapons.... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Not to big and nice way to do something relaxing and cool. lots of visuals for the kids. don't forget to go upstairs to go see the helicopter.

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gibsonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Free museum. Good way to spend a few hours. Lots of info about WWII. Good for history buffs. next door to the outrigger reef on the beach

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Leonard North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We stayed real close to this museum and had an afternoon to do something so we went. It was free but you can leave a donation. Once again filled with interesting information on WWII and the history of Hawaii. It is worth seeing.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

A great place to discover history of the islands of Hawaii and also the events of WWII. It is very worthwhile taking an hour or two to visit this museum and its free!

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Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

went for a walk from Waikiki miramar to the museum,reasonably far and very very hot,but was very good experience,nice movies by different themes

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knoxville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

very interesting insight to the history of Hawaii, and it's military - before and after becoming a US state. very good honor to it's home boys.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I'm a sucker for free museums, I try to visit as many as possible, regardless of what they cover. The highlight of this museum was the focus on the Japanese-Americans and their struggle in the time of WW2, I found it very interesting and quite informative! Combining it with Pearl Harbor and you got a pretty good overview of WW2... More

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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Unfortunately, we didn't get here until about 4:20 on the last day of our trip. The museum was great, but the manager appeared very anxious to get closed. In fact, he was ushering people out and locking doors about 4:50. Our grandson practically ran through the museum because he wanted to see everything. Our fault, wish we had made a... More

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