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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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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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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interesting place to visit

free entry, interesting exhibits and located in the heart of the hotel district so easy access and good gift shop

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

free entry, interesting exhibits and located in the heart of the hotel district so easy access and good gift shop

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First, you cannot beat the location (next to the beach) or the price (free)! Great history of the US military in Hawaii. Definitely worth a visit!

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum is a great little stop while walking Waikiki Beach. The museum shows the history of Hawaii and a few heroes from the Islands. A must stop.

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Dawson Creek, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of neat things to see and read! Learned new things about several of the wars! Good place to go escape the mid day heat!

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Largo, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Little gem and free. Great info on the service of Aisian-American's during World war 2Well worth a walk-though.

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Springfield, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Army Museum is right on Waikiki Beach and easy to visit in an hour to hour and one-half. There are many displays from the years it was actively used as well as wartime information.

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Medina, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can't beat the price. FREE. A self guided tour of what was once a cannon battery. I learned quite a bit here since it goes into the US Army history in Hawaii and then the period of WWII. Also, a tribute to the military award recipients from Hawaii.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is located in an old gun battery in downtown Waikiki. Displays from the early days , WW2, Vietnam and later. Free entry, staffed by volunteers

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the visit. They have amazing information about the wars along with great items to see that have been used during war time. We had the pleasure of chatting to a USA Army veteran.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Sheraton Waikiki and being the history buff, I had to visit Fort Derussey. We walked along the beach to get there and visited the forts Museum, glad we did, from what I read a few years back they decided this coastal artillery emplacement had served its purpose and time had come for a nice new hotel... More 

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