Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial
4.5
Historic Sites • Military Bases & Facilities • History Museums
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A 184-foot memorial honoring the 2,388 Americans who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Ottawa52
Canada46 contributions
Sep 2022
Excellent and well done. Our group of six booked our own tour that included the Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri, Aviation Museum and Bowfin submarine. The boat ticket that you need to take the shuttle over to the Arizona is very confusing to get and it’s only a dollar. The information on that part is poor. Otherwise it is excellent to see and very much worth it. There is a volunteer over at the memorial who told us lots of stories and information about that day that almost had me in tears. He was amazing and we all loved listening to him. Go early! We did not experience heavy crowds at all and it gets very hot over there touring the USS Missouri but very interesting as well and lots of volunteers to ask questions if you do your own tour. It was then suggested by the Bowfin reception desk to do the aviation museum over on Ford Island next before doing the Bowfin and they provide a bus to. It was very interesting as well. We returned to do the Bowfin and were advised it was closed but they didn’t tell us that when we first going to go tour it….. disappointed about that. If you arrive at the entry gates exactly at 8am, turn around and face away from the gates for the national anthem. Do not bring big bags or purses. You cannot take them in. You can take in a see thru nap sac or you must check your bag or purse for $6. Well worth the visit and it will take at least half a day or more. Our Arizona tour was at 9am first and we stopped for lunch after touring the Missouri. It is very hot out there.
Written October 2, 2022
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA661 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
I had an opportunity to visit Pearl Harbor last summer for the first time.  This summer my son asked to return.  Last year the only way I was able to obtain tickets was to book a half day tour with a local company.  
There are a variety of ways to obtain tickets for Pearl Harbor however, make sure to prepare yourself for the many choices that exist which are not always easy.  Tickets can be obtained directly from the U. S. Park Service website for $1.00.  Ticket registration opens at 3:00pm each day and you must have an account with the Park Service in order to request tickets.  If you are fortunate to obtain tickets they can be booked via the website.  If you experience difficulty make sure to try one of the outside tour companies.   I used Karma Tours for our second visit.  Karma Tours provided a half day visit to Pearl Harbor and a short city tour to The Punchbowl Cemetery and King Kamehameha statue. I used this tour company because it was my only choice to visit Pearl Harbor.  However, I decided to stay at the Pearl Harbor site to visit the USS Missouri so I simply let the tour guide know I would not join them for the city tour.  
My son requested that we make a second visit to the USS Arizona and I was honored to take him.  
During our visit we had an opportunity to view the museums that told the story of events leading up to December 7, 1941, how the attack occurred, the impact that this attack had on the United States, and the many U.S. Military heroes that sacrificed all for our freedom.  
There is an opportunity to watch a short documentary on the attack of Pearl Harbor prior to taking the boat over to The USS Arizona. Once the film is completed the group will board a boat that is operated by members of the U. S. Navy.  The process is orderly and timely.  
It is indeed an honor to view the memorial as the boat docks.  Once the group exits the boat there is a
U. S. Park Ranger on site to provide information but to most there is simply silence as all take a moment to honor those lost on the USS Arizona 80 years ago.  A visit to the USS Arizona is both an honor and a privilege.  This sacred site is a reminder that freedom is not free.  I hope that my 11 year old son will remember his visit and one day desire to return again as a man.  The experience is truly moving for anyone who has the opportunity to visit. I suggest if you are in Oahu, Hawaii that visiting Pearl Harbor is a priority.
Written September 5, 2022
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Lengtan67
Kuala Lumpur1,060 contributions
Jan 2022
To avoid disappoint, reserve ticket online esepcially during Covid 19 limiting the number of visitors.

Full access to all sites is USD 89 but the Visitor Center and Park is free admission but yet there is an area where we can watch a video on moments of the very day attack.

Bags or backbags are disallowed into the park and have to be stored at USD 6 at the Storage Counter.

Bus 20 will take us directly there but when returning to Waikiki, we will have to go to the main road as the returning bus doesn't go in for pickup.
Written March 6, 2022
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Louise_23
Leeds, UK294 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
We visited Pearl harbour in May 2022 on an organised tour. From reading other reviews, it’s most likely advisable to book this way rather than doing yourself (especially if you want to see the USS Arizona).

You are not permitted to bring any bags with you (unless small and see-through) and you can store your bags for $6 although out your operator let us leave our stuff on the bus. Be prepared! It gets really hot out there so if you need water or sunscreen (I got VERY sunburnt) as you’re out there all day.

I have to say, I was highly disappointed with the museums. There was no logical explanation or flow of the buildings and history and I’ve left still not really understanding the events leading up to and following 7th December 1941. There is a video to watch as you enter but this is just a TV outside so with the birds, screaming kids and rain, it’s very hard to hear or see. The lady on the entrance to the Bowfin museum was texting and didn’t welcome us or point us in the direction of the start of the tour. I also saw another guest spit on the USS Missouri deck where the document was signed, ending WWII for the USA.

The place is absolutely heaving, screaming children, tacky Pearl harbour T-shirts and Christmas decorations. They also force you to take photos before visiting the USS Bowfin and the USS Missouri (of course so you can purchase them at the gift shop). When I refused a photo I was told I had to have one, this was then printed onto a fake newspaper from the day and I just thought the whole thing was disrespectful.

The only saving grace for me was the USS Arizona. This is exactly what I had hoped to see and was tasteful, respectful and a place to reflect on all those who lost their lives.
Written May 21, 2022
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Gregory B
Topeka, KS226 contributions
Mar 2022
Probably the most visited location in Honolulu, It is indeed very somber and emotional. Make certain to watch the film while you are there.
Be aware that you can visit the park on the mainland with minimal waiting time. However it is my understanding that if you want to take the ferry to the Arizona Memorial: you must get your tickets several days ahead of time.
One unpleasant note: you will not be able to bring any back packs, packages, or camera containers past the entrance. You will have to check them at a separate building outside the fenced area, Of course they charge you six dollars for this,
Who else but the government!
Written April 3, 2022
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA661 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
There are many places to visit on Oahu but I knew no visit to this Island would be complete for me without taking the journey to Pearl
Harbor. I wanted my son to step upon the USS Arizona, a memorial to those who died at Pearl Harbor and have some understanding that freedom is not free. There are many men and women who sacrifice for us each day.
Our journey to the USS Arizona was very organized due to the half day tour we took with Aloha Pearl Harbor Tours. Our pickup time was at 7:00am to ensure that we would beat the crowds and that is what happened. We had an opportunity to listen as The Star Spangled Banner was played prior to the opening tour of the day. Upon our arrival we had an opportunity to visit two museums dedicated to providing information about December 7, 1941 and a visit to the gift shop prior to our 9:30 tour. Unfortunately, they did not show the film that is normally seen prior to visiting the USS Arizona. I assume this is due to Covid19 protocol. Preparing to take the voyage across to the memorial was orderly and swift. Please note that no large outside bags are allowed in the park. They must be placed in rented lockers. I decided to carry a small clear bag which was sufficient. The boat ride over was quick and quiet because those visiting knew that this is a place that pays homage to people who are worthy of our utmost respect. Upon arrival most people slowly made their way to see the wall of names of those who perished as a result of the attack. It is a moment that I really cannot describe in words but one that should be experienced to understand the magnitude.
I engaged in many activities while visiting Oahu however, my visit to the USS Arizona is one that will remain dear to my heart for a lifetime. I am feeling Grateful for the journey and thankful to all who serve and have served in the United States Military.
Written July 31, 2021
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kaj09
Livingston, LA20 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a must do when visiting Oahu! We just visited July 14, 2021. Thanks to another reviewer, we decided to try the standby line to visit the Memorial since we were not successful in reserving tickets online in advance. They release about 40 tickets to each time slot the afternoon before at 3:00p.m. However, those tickets sold out in mere seconds after logging in before 3:00p.m and refreshing my browser right at 3:00! Reserve your tickets online as soon as you book your trip! We took the advice of another and arrived earlier in the morning around 9:45 and were able to get in the standby line where we waited for maybe 1hr 15minutes to get in. I'd say the earlier you go the better your chances are of getting in quicker. They run two boats out to the memorial every 15 minutes until 12:00 (I think) and then it's just one boat every 30 minutes until they get back from lunch, so the earlier you go the less time you spend being worked into the time slot that people don't show up for and the better chance you have for getting a parking spot. We went on a Wednesday right before 10:00 and had no problem finding a parking spot. If you do happen to reserve tickets, do NOT show up a minute late or they will make you get in the standby line with everyone else. When you first enter you want to head to the left where the standby line starts by the bell and follows along the walkway. If you do have tickets you just walk up to the beginning of the line where the park rangers are and they will line you up separate from the stand by people.
You can purchase tickets to tour the USS Missouri, the aviation museum, and the Bowfin submarine when you get there. The memorial is the only thing you have to reserve a time slot for or enter the standby line. It will take hours to do all of the sites, so plan to be there a while if you do all three. We enjoyed the visitor center museums and simply going out on the memorial. With the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet going on right across the street we were crunched for time trying to make both, so we did not visit the other historic sites. FYI: the swap meet is opened on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays! It's definitely a must do for souvenir items!
Written July 20, 2021
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I haven’t been everywhere... yet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands354 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We arrived a little after 12 noon so could only visit the submarine museum and Battleship Missouri ($120 for 2). (Get there early if you want the all inclusive ticket at $90 a head which includes the aviation museum, etc). Submarine museum was ok. I think you have to be really interested In the subject to get the most out of it but the visit to the USS Bowfin was eye opening. Steeped in history and beautifully maintained with many pictures, etc to bring it to life. “Big Mo” stole the show though. It was a 10 min bus ride away. Shuttle comes every 10-15 minutes. Incredibly interesting with lots of narrative as you walk around (we spent nearly 2 hours). Everything from where they ate and slept, to bakery and postal office. Very respectfully done to both the US and Japanese military. The guns were HUGE and quite a sight. We went on a Sunday and wasn’t too busy but it was warm so take sun screen and water. Good shoes a must. You need to check your bag before entering ($6 + tax). Places to eat and drink inside. Would have loved to have seen the aviation museum - apparently you can still see shrapnel holes in the hanger, etc. Cool gift shop and you can buy a photo of you outside the ship (x1 $30 or x4 with different backgrounds and download for $42). Not your most cost effective trip but it all goes back in to the museum for maintenance and education. Easy to grab an Uber. $40 from Waikiki each way. Definitely worth a visit to understand more about the historic era of WWII
Written May 24, 2022
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lynette_cypress
Boise, ID407 contributions
Mar 2022
I was grateful to finally visit Pearl Harbor, having seen it from the air for years. It's every bit as moving as you'd expect.
The website for visiting the memorial and park is excellent, which will make your visit go smoothly.
Big takeaways: reserve your timed entry ($1 per person) for the Arizona Memorial. (Park entry is free).
And if you want to carry a purse/bag it must be clear plastic like the stadiums require. Otherwise, you must check your bag for $6 - anything bigger than a wallet or cell phone.
In the park, there is the Remembrance Walk with interpretive signs looking out onto the harbor, and if you can watch the historical film prior to the boat ride and memorial visit.
Another must at the park, at about $23/pp, is the USS Bowfin submarine and museum - INCREDIBLE.
You can take a free shuttle over to Ford Island and visit the USS Missouri battleship ($35/pp) and the Aviation Museum ($30/pp)
IF you go to Ford Island, have lunch at the Sliders Food Truck next to the ship.
We took the bus from Waikiki and it drops you off right at the entrance to the entrance. Very convenient and affordable, but it was more than an hour to get there. Typical stop and go and a decent tour through Honolulu. All-day passes ($5) available at any ABC store (one on every block).
Written March 1, 2022
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Llewellyn53
Melbourne, Australia4,055 contributions
Aug 2022
We always take our visitors to Pearl Harbor because it has so much history. It may be difficult to get tickets in the ballot but persistence finally paid off. Security noticed one of our visitors folding up one of those shopping bags ladies carried and told her it was not permitted so she threw it in a bin - more landfill. My wife's, hanging on her belt, was not questioned so if you have one don't put it on display. The Arizona trip doesn't start with a film any more - the on rotation film is actually open for anyone - all you need to do is walk around to the theatre next to the dock. NB Even if the doors are closed you can go inside where it is airconditioned rather than sitting outside in the heat. Signage would help. The rangers certainly impress on all visitors that the memorial is a place of quiet reflection rather than a noisy event. Hearing the story even if it is for the 6th time is still moving and reminded me of what the Ukraine civilians are going through now.
Written August 16, 2022
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