USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
4.5
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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  • froglag
    Spokane, Washington1,613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hats off to the Men and Women that served in a Submarine. Along with all walks of the Military to protect our freedom.
    In spending the day at Pearl Harbor we took advantage of seeing the USS Bowfin Submarine museum. It was very interesting to see how the men and women lived life in a submarine in very tight quarters and how everything works. Our first time to be on a submarine and it is a amazing day visit to not be missed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Experience Touring the WWII Submarine, USS Bowfin
    Located at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Tour the inside and walk along the deck of a World War II submarine, the USS Bowfin. You walk the entire length of the sub from the torpedo room, through the living quarters, the control room and the engine rooms. Really cool but beware if you are claustrophobic. Make sure to pick up the audio tour that is included with your admission. In addition to the sub, there are other outdoor exhibits and 3 interactive museums to explore. You could easily spend 2 hours here looking at everything but 1 hour is adequate if just touring the sub. Visiting the Pearl Harbor visitor center and museums is free, but you need a separate ticket to enter the USS Bowfin. Same goes for the USS Missouri and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. It costs $21.99 for the USS Bowfin, or you can purchase a Passport to Pearl Harbor pass for $89.99 that includes all 3. This pass doesn't actually save you any money when visiting the 3 sites although it also includes an audio tour of the visitor center and a virtual reality experience which I thought was worthwhile.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • zippo46
    New Hampshire326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    As a retired submariner, I’ve been to a few submarine museums, and I think this is the best one I’ve ever been to. In addition to the World War II submarine USS Bowfin, the museum has two large halls. One hall is devoted to World War II submarine operations in the Pacific and the other hall is devoted to submarine operations since the end of World War II. Both are very informative and very well done.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida936 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    USS Bowfin Submarine
    This is part of Pearl Harbor, and so worth your time. Its a self guided tour on/in the sub. You have to be able to climb up and down steep stairs and crawl through small doors inside so if you have mobility issues I would sugest you not do this. But it is so interesting to see and kids really love it. Very educational. They take your picture on the way out with the sub behind you and is printed on a replica newspaper for $25. Im a scrapbooker so I was excited about that. There is a museum about the submarines and there crew that is very interesting, my faverite part was the flag making from the crew and the old sewing machine they used.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Idakop
    Boise, Idaho170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great display
    Great display and presentation of a WWII submarine! I can only imagine what the men / boys aboard this amazing piece of equipment went through. My father was aboard a similar sub (Bergal). So I felt as if I was seeing the same things he would have seen as a young man so many years ago
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 10, 2024
  • kevlasultanpus
    Canberra, Australia170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    gobsmacked and amazed
    amazing..... what a total eye opener. You think you get an idea of tight spaces watching at WW2 sub movie, but nothing beats actually going inside one. Even my wife loved it and was gobsmacked at how they designed and got so much tech, even 80 years ago, into a sub. I could have spent hours however you need to be aware of others wanting to pass and go through which in some areas means you need to move on.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2024
  • The Traveling Pierogi
    World238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fast and Stealth Underwater
    In the Pearl Harbor Museum complex, there is a submarine museum that is associated with the history of WWII. One of the artifacts that is featured is the USS Bowfin Submarine. First swimming on December 7 1942, one year after the attack, she was known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” with nine successful patrols within three years before the War ended. Some of the locations she was patrolling were the South China Sea, the Sea of Japan, and the Celebes Sea. This was my first time being on a submarine; I cannot believe how tight and narrow the walkways were. I give these service men and women who are stationed inside these submarines some credit. They are in these tight places trying to defend this great nation under the water of the seas. When in Pearl Harbor, take a stroll to the USS Bowfin and see what these service men and women lived and worked.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 4, 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great opportunity to see a submarine
    USS Bowfin submarine is located by the Pearl Harbor visitor center, to the right from it. There's an entry fee of around 25$ and it's the cheapest of all paying attractions. This was my second visit to a submarine, and I was thrilled again with the experience, so I encourage people to go and visit it. Unbelievable order in such a tight place, packed with everything sailors need under the sea - from dining and sleeping areas, to instruments for navigation and torpedoes, really amazing. After visiting the sub itself, you can learn more about them in a small museum by the entrance.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
  • MJ_ontheBAY
    Honolulu, Hawaii79 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astounding submarine history
    The Bowfin and Submarine Museum might not get as much notoriety as the Arizona and Missouri, but this spot shouldn’t be overlooked. The museum is well done and gives a completely different overview than other parts of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Submarine warfare is a totally different beast than surface and air and these exhibits illustrate why. Walking the top and underdecks of the Bowfin is simply amazing and gives a raw picture of what these boats are all about. A couple tips.. The Bowfin itself is pretty tight space-wise and requires you to step through several elevated hatches. This can pose a challenge if you have young kids or are traveling with elderly folks with degraded mobility. For this reason, no strollers aboard and they don’t allow kids under 4. Also, recommend you take the time to walk through and learn from the pier-side museum exhibits prior to walking aboard the Bowfin. This way, what you see and absorb on the Bowfin will make a little more sense and enrich the experience, especially if you’re unfamiliar with submarines and/or naval history.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 15, 2024
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Max
Boston, MA47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
It’s a great way to spend an hour after seeing the USS Arizona Memorial. This is an extra $20 cost per person. The self-guided sub is the main attraction here, so avoid if you’re claustrophobic. It was tight with just two of us in it at a time. We did not experience the museums, but the bathrooms are great.
Written July 13, 2021
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J F
Oahu, HI255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Friends
So much history in this WWII submarine! Incredible to imagine the brave crew members who lived on the USS Bowfin. The living quarters were so tight and every little available space was utilized. Thanks to the displays, you can almost picture the day to day activities.

Please visit and help support the Pacific Fleet museum to ensure the stories and artifacts are shared with generations to come.
Written March 24, 2021
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Don H
Georgetown, Canada99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Hats off to the sailors who served aboard these boats. The cramped quarters make you feel claustrophobic, and you're not even submerged. An excellent experience as part of your Pearl Harbour day. Try and go here early when crowds are smaller.
Written March 19, 2020
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Mary A
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
They don't allow purses - and don't let you in until you've discarded your purse (either in your car, or at the bag check $6-10 each). All boats to the USS Arizona were suspended due to dock repair. The USS Bowfin submarine was closed to visitors because it was headed to dry dock for repairs in 2 days, but the museum was open @ $22/person (no discount). The museum was interesting (not enough to snap any pix), and told many stories, but relatively dry - like most other museums.
Written September 19, 2022
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Visited the first Friday in December. I had limited time due to the time constraints of being on a bus tour. Admission for 1 adult is $21.99, plus $1.54 "service fee." They will ask to see your proof of vaccination card and ID. I visited the museum first and found it to be excellent and informative with many exhibits and displays honoring the service and role of many of the US subs in service during the war. The exhibits included many operational details of sub patrols and battle flags honoring the many subs that served. Next, I visited the submarine itself and found it to be in excellent condition and well worth visiting. Be careful walking on or in the sub because there are many places you (or children) can trip and fall or hit your head going through the smaller sub doors. I spent less than an hour going through the museum and about 20-30 minutes on the sub itself, but I could have stayed longer if my time wasn't limited.
Written December 20, 2021
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Alan H
San Diego, CA160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I got there after the Pearl Harbor Memorial tour and only had 30-min to visit this museum. The website said it closes at 5 p.m. but apparently they were closing at 4 p.m. due to COVID.

It's not a very big submarine and you can do it in 30-min easily.

My wife and two daughter weren't really in this museum so I went alone while they went shopping. If you're into submarines and WWII stuff, you'll love this museum.
Written November 21, 2020
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harv2u
Kennewick421 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The museum is very interesting and the tour with audio is worth the admission cost. The gift shop had many unique gifts. This is the only area with a food court in the shade. A real plus on a hot day.
Written July 3, 2021
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AppMyHome
El Dorado Hills, CA485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
We loved this self-guided tour of the Bowfin. I had no idea about the history of submarines in World War II and I learned so much. The free audio tour was very clever, when you walked through different places on the boat it started automatically. The sub is well preserved and you get a great feeling of what it must have been like to live and work on it in the past. I'd definitely recommend it, but if you have trouble walking or getting in and out of tight spaces, I would skip it and just tour the museum on land.
Written April 26, 2022
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Ron
Texas26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
While we visited both the USS Bowfin and the USS Missouri, I would recommend the Submarine over the battleship if time or money is a factor. The Bowfin definitely gives you a feeling for the environment of the ships of the era. Bowfin is compact while the Missouri is “roomy” in comparison. Both are very impressive.
Written February 24, 2020
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Henry R
Calgary, Canada133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
The USS Bowfin is part of the Pearl Harbor National Park displays & is worth taking in & doing the tour of the sub. Touring the sub gives you a great appreciation of what these men endured in very cramped quarters below the ocean & the hazards they were subjected to. You can pay to tour the Bowfin & either of the other Pearl Harbor displays Independantly, however I would suggest taking the park passport that basically gives you full access to all displays in the park. The park passport is $72 USD PP & is definitely worth it in my books & plan on spending the entire day at the park if you plan on seeing everything.
Written January 28, 2020
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