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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Address: 2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
Phone Number: +1 808-955-9552
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9:00 am - 4:15 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on...

The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. 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 open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 4:15 pm. The Hawaii Army Society Museum Store (HAMS) closes at 4 pm. The Museum is free to all. 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 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. HAMS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to support the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii. HAMS is a non-federal entity. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no government status.

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A friend of mine had talked about this museum for many years and I finally visited it. I, along with my two nephews who were traveling with me for their first visit to Oahu... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A friend of mine had talked about this museum for many years and I finally visited it. I, along with my two nephews who were traveling with me for their first visit to Oahu, thoroughly enjoyed our time visiting the musuem. The exhibitions are very informative and are well explained with signage. I am sorry it took so long ot... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

being retired military, this was an exceptional experience, viewing a history of our country's armed conflicts and especially the Pacific Theater in WW2. You don't have to be a veteran to enjoy it as the presentations were great and very explanatory. Oh yes, its free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A great free attraction, very interesting and a nice 2 hour visit. Gives you an insight into the military background past and present in honolulu.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free entry with great air conditioning. Good layout with very interesting exhibits. Provides more information than the exhibits at Pearl Harbour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Smaller in scale than many museums but the displays were well done and interesting. Especially liked the display on Vietnam War and the Perle Harbor display.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent two days there. Love the history part of it. Educational and thankful we went there. We walked from our accommodation at island colony in seaview street. went for a swim in beach, lunch in the park and window shopped walking home.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Typically, I don't enjoy military museums, but this is far from typical. Staff are friendly and dedicated. The descriptions are well worth reading. It took two hours for a self guided tour and each exhibit was dedicated to the average soldier who did the work, many with their lives. A must see.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum makes clever use of an old gun emplacement complex. The displays are informative. Allow a couple of hours to take in and read the information supplied.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent several hours here, learning about the evolution of the islands from a military standpoint with a strong focus on Pearl Harbor. Very educational, located at Fort Derussy on Waikiki Beach. Nice museum shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can easily get bored going to a museum a second time. But the great thing with this (free) museum was seeing different things. Apart from the exhibitions (WW1, 2, Korean, Viet Nam, etc)....this time I read up on the history of the museum building itself and noted there was a real focus on individuals (especially 'locals' and what they... More 

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