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“A great historical attraction” 5 of 5 stars
Review of US Army Museum of Hawaii

US Army Museum of Hawaii
2131 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
+1 808-955-9552
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Ranked #23 of 264 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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“A great historical attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Even if you usually don't like museums, this one is worthwhile because it has great historical value. Plus it is in a convenient location and free (or donation).

The building is an actual gun battery built to protect the Waikiki area. The exhibits are mostly what was used by the facility or the personnel who manned it.

Park at the Fort DeRussy parking garage.

Visited July 2012
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“hidden gem”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

this is a little museaum tucked away inbetween the hotels, but spend the hour, especially if you are a history buff, i think it is so neat that they tried to tear this down and couldn't, it is so well built

Visited February 2013
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“BEST FREE museum!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

This museum is well done and in a battery. It is open until 5pm, but closed on Mondays. We did not get an audio tour, but they did have one available. The museum is easy to walk around and there is a second floor with helicopter. Each room is well organized, easy to read, and if you have kids, they will enjoy it.

Visited April 2013
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Nelson Bay, Australia
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“Well worth the visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

A treasure of artifacts, filmed interviews and photography. The museum is free and well located so visit and you will learn/see things that are not commonly known - more of an insight to the people that were involved over many decades of US military history

Visited April 2013
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“Hidden gem of a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The museum is very educational with well appointed exhibits. The permanent exhibits trace the history of Ft DeRussey as well the military history of Hawai'i. The current temporary exhibit is a very fine movie on the Japanese Americans soldiers of the 442RCT & 100th BN in WWII. The gift shop has good prices and selection. The museum is free and manned by Veteran volunteers.

Visited April 2013
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