Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri Memorial, Honolulu

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri Memorial
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Ships
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Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 8-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA139 contributions
Dec 2021
Visited on Friday, Dec. 3rd as part of a bus tour package which limited our time that we could stay. Still, we were able to see most of this Iowa class battleship which included visiting the upper decks and below decks. While there, there was a band playing music in preparation for the 80th anniversary events. The battleship has the designated area where the terms of surrender were signed by Japan. The ship was well preserved, but while touring, you have to be careful walking up and down the steep metal stairs where you can fall or hit your head. Also, it can be windy on the upper decks so make sure your hat is secure. We were there for about 1 1/2 hours, but you can easily spend 2-3 hours if you read all the info. on the displays and exhibits and take a lot of photos. I was impressed with how well preserved the ship was and would recommend a visit during your stay.
Written December 19, 2021
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midway42
Minnesota2,784 contributions
Jul 2021
Moored across from the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship with a career that has spanned over 75 years and three wars along with 11 battle stars. The ship was decommissioned in 1992 and donated to its current guarantor, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, in 1998. Along with the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, it is one of the main attractions at Pearl Harbor. It was closed and undergoing refurbishment (paint and sealing of leaks) during my first visit to the area in December of 2009. During my current trip, I blocked off an entire day to spend here and it was well worth it.

Access to the ship is on the same shuttle as the Aviation Museum; after purchasing my ticket it was a quick walk and about a 10-minute ride to the site. Given adjustments necessitated by COVID there were no guided tours available but docents were scattered about and as always knowledgeable and friendly. A small pamphlet handed out at the ticket counter described the three main parts of the ship accessible to us: above decks, main deck, and second (below) deck. Most of us started on the main deck where the Kamikaze Deck is the main attraction. Visits to the bow and main gun batteries are a must; the flight deck/stern was not accessible due to a wedding (!). The Surrender Deck was next and clearly a focal point as well. A plaque and instruments of surrender are prominently displayed, and again docents were hovering around able to explain everything in detail. After the main deck, most of us travelled to the second deck where most of the “learning” about the ship and its daily life occurred. Interspersed among exhibits on kamikazes, the building of the ship, and the life of a Chief Petty Office are bunk beds for the sailors, enlisted and officer mess halls, dental facilities, and the post office among innumerable others. A visit above decks completed the tour with the navigation bridge, Tomahawk deck, and Combat Engagement Center being the highlights. Total time spent on site was probably four hours.

Overall, my visit here was a superb experience. Obviously I have an interest in this type of attraction, but this truly is a site that can be appreciated by those with even a passing curiosity. The ship is easy to access from the harbor, it’s relative compactness leads to an efficient visit, and the customer service overall was superb. Even those pressed for time can simply visit the Surrender Deck, Kamikaze Deck, and then quickly run below to get a sense of what life is like for those men and women who serve on board these vessels. It’s an attraction that’s definitely kid-friendly as well; the children I saw seemed to be in awe of the sheer size of the “museum” as the adults listened and read for a more didactic experience.

Choose your phrase: highly recommended, thumbs up, essential visit for history buffs, superb, etc.
Written August 4, 2021
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lazerleef
54 contributions
Feb 2022
Not cheap. A lot of stairs to climb. Deck is made of teak wood because it does not spark. That is important because all the gun powder might explode. The anchor chain links weigh 130 pounds. I did not know that other countries also signed the treaty.
Written March 14, 2022
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concretekid54
Lahaina, HI33 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
My friend and I took the Heart of the Missouri tour while our spouses took the main tour. I have been on the Missouri before but much of the below deck spaces were not yet open the last time I was there. In the Heart of the Missouri tour you will go several decks below main, get inside one of the forward 16” 50 cal gun turrets, go down the length of the ship on Broadway, go into a fire (boiler) room, engine room, gun plot and a ton of other spaces. Our guide knew extremely intimate details of every aspect of the Missouri and also of what life was like during time on duty and off duty while aboard. Learning about the 30” space between the splinter deck and the overhead of Broadway and what sailors had to do to train for escape and for emergency conditions made me appreciate even more their service. Our guide also identified the many redundant systems for electrical, fire fighting, targeting and survival that the untrained eye would have completely missed in a self guided tour. It was also very interesting to see how so much analog equipment (in a digital world perspective) worked to such extreme precision. The Heart of the Missouri tour requires the ability to step over obstacles, go up and down extremely steep ladders and watch your head. It is very well lit and the pace at 90 minutes is just right. This is a must do when at a Pearl Harbor
Written February 26, 2020
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Jeff L
5 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Outstanding for the history buffs out there or folks who just like to check out modern marvels. Paid $29.99+ tax to do a self guided tour; I booked online, but they do sell tickets at the Pearl Harbor National Monument. I see a lot of folks on here saying the self tour takes an hour or so, but if you get into the details, it can take 2hrs+, which I loved. 3 different decks to visit and the on-site staff was more than happy to help. Standing right next to the spot where WWII officially ended was a great feeling and moment. I would do it again if visit Oahu.

Written April 27, 2021
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Lee L
33 contributions
Jun 2021
Nice to tour a battleship and especially with an audio headset. A lot of history and appreciation for our military. The food was ok.

We purchased the picture newspaper and were given a free select an oyster/pearl. Mom was excited to do this. However the jewelry to put the pearl in is expensive, so the saleswoman offered a military discount and instead of telling me how much of a discount when I asked, just gave me a total price $220 which was quite lower from the regular price of $335. We said yes, so she put the pearl on the pendant. And said I get to choose a free oyster too now, and mine turned out to have 2 pearls in it! I chose the stud earrings, but when she rang us up, the total didn't add up. So upon questioning the total, she said she never told us $220 for the pendant. So my mom said no, it's too much. Then she wouldn't let me have my earrings because I was only eligible through my mom's purchase which she wasn't purchasing anymore. Also she pierced my mother's pearl immediately even before she chose a piece of jewelry for it so she never had the option of just taking her "free pearl" home so I made sure to tell her not to pierce mine unless I'm buying a piece of jewelry. What a scam! What was a nice day visiting the Pearl Harbor center turned into a disappointing scam.
Written July 26, 2021
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Katie L
16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
You can walk around self guided and/or take a 30 minute guided tour. There are 3 levels that you can explore on the self guided tour. If it gets too windy, then you won't be allowed to explore the upper areas. We paid $25 more to go on a small group tour that went below deck in areas that you could not go on the self guided tour. It only takes 10 people every hour, so you have to plan a little ahead. They have a marker on the spot that the surrender documents were signed. The gift shop had a lot of items that were not available at the other gift shops. It was really neat to walk around on an actual battleship that was used in conflicts and to learn about how it operated.
Written February 28, 2020
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Henry R
Calgary, Canada133 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Seeing the Missouri should be on everyone’s bucket list! The history regarding this battleship & the whole Pearl Harbor National Memorial Park is truly a must see & experience. Plan to spend the whole day at Pearl if you want to see everything, because there is so much to see & do. You can walk around & tour the battleship on your own or you can take a free guided historical tour around the deck of the Mighty Mo, which is what I would recommend as it was so informative. If you get the park all inclusive pass, which covers everything in the park (other than trying one of the flight simulators at the air museum), the cost is very reasonable at $75 USD.
Written January 24, 2020
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waldentenn
Signal Mountain, TN790 contributions
Dec 2021
Next to the Arizona, this is the attraction you should visit at Pearl Harbor. The ship is very well interpreted with access to most of the decks. Helpful guides stationed around the ship supplement the on-site interpretation. Even if you don't care about ships, this is worth visiting as the place where the Japanese surrendered in 1945,
Written December 26, 2021
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tjmm1985
Monterey, CA358 contributions
Jul 2021
This is a must see from atop the ship or down below. There are plenty of staff on board to answer questions and the time on ship was well worth the price. The self guided tour is easy and is also kid friendly.
Written July 21, 2021
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