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“Wow!!! Unexpectedly really interesting!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
319 Lexington Blvd, Hanger 37, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96818
808-441-1000
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Ranked #36 of 156 attractions in Honolulu
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located near the Battleship Missouri in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII.Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war’s youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You’ll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed café Laniakea, and the combat flight simulators in which you can virtually fight the battle of Guadalcanal in either an American or Japanese plane.Pacific Aviation Museum’s mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum, which educates young and old alike, honors aviators and the support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, and is dedicated to preserving Pacific aviation history.
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“Wow!!! Unexpectedly really interesting!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Ok so of all the things on my tour this day I was least excited about this one! But! I was wrong!! It's actually really cool with a lot of things to look at and learn about!!! The hangers are original and were on that same spot during the pearl harbor attack! There are still bullet holes in the glass!!! I just thought that was cool. There are other bits and pieces of history around there along with so many stories!! Stories of that era that you may not hear just in the usual history class. I really enjoyed it!!!

Visited July 2013
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“Still in the works”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

the is a wonderful museum (at least of what there is so far). sadly we made it at a time where there still setting up planes still under reconstruction. but what we did see was awesome if your already on ford island check it out. i must admit seeing some of the planes in war condition was really neat also. we saw this crashed bomber still as it was when it crashed some 70 years ago really cool. Gift shop had outrageous prices make sure to get your little trinkets at the main pearl harbor gift shop.

Visited July 2013
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“Planes up close and well designed site ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

I was a bit afraid of the ticket price for this site, but I'm very glad I was able to go. I really decided to go based on the chance to see real actual damage to one of their hangers from the raid on Pearl harbor. It was neat to stand and see the actual bullet holes (likely from friendly fire actually) and feel connected to the place. What I liked about the museum was that the plans are not roped off a mile away like some places, and it was nice to get right up next to the planes

Visited June 2013
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“Start of something promising”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

I think this museum has the makings of something good in the future.

My son really enjoyed his two visits here, including giving me an in depth presentation of the action on 7 December 1941 in front of the painting of Ford Island at the start of the exhibition.

Hopefully in the future they will do a better job of presenting the aircraft in Hanger 79 & outdoors.

Many thanks too for the wheelchair (knee injury on top of mobility problems)

Visited June 2013
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“Not as good as we hoped”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

We are military and aviation fans and the title of this attraction certainly seems to big it up. You also need photo ID to visit and no bags at all.

We arrived and were told the film started at quarter to...we waited no one else was there so at just after ten to I noticed the film was running we sneaked in to find it was the ending of the previous film, not a huge problem but someone could have adjusted the time.

There's not a great deal here, the stuff outside is quite run down and not marked up the phantom star fighter etc. there's a few random aircraft displayed inside but to be honest some provincial airfields in the UK seem to have better displays. It is certainly no where near a Duxford airfield etc

The cafe closed early and was only doing bottled drinks, not sure why. We boarded the bus and the driver mentioned the cafe at the start of the tour at the pearl harbour historical site was open, well we went there queued and were ignored by the staff who were cleaning up. We walked away, yet more rudeness from staff as experienced elsewhere on this tour.

Visited June 2013
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