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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
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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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Interesting place!

This museum was established to reflect some of the history of the military in Hawaii during and since World War II. With a staff of professional curators, authenticity is assured... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Ban Patong, Phuket, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum was established to reflect some of the history of the military in Hawaii during and since World War II. With a staff of professional curators, authenticity is assured. Great place, located right on Waikiki Beach, for families.

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Farmingdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Gallery of heroes is very humbling-Excellent displays throughout the museum-enjoyed by kids and adults- great selection in a very nice gift shop - extremely well kept facility and informative staff- it's free and a nice break from the afternoon heat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Were there previously. Great to walk through history of the wars in the Pacific. Worth the time and its free.

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Saint Charles, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is ok if you have a rainy day to fill, but don't expect Pearl Harbor...... Lots to look at and very kid friendly.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is free to enter, and is fairly central in Waikiki. The displays are very well done and I was very engaged with what I was seeing. There were many original displays, letters, booklets, documents, which gave a real sense of reality. We meandered around inside for a good hour or so. Easy access for pushchairs, as it is all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Well presented, worth a visit. Give a good history lesson and displays are original and informative. 1 Hour visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Worth a few hours of your time if you want to get out of the heat. It's fairly complete taking you from the 1800s through modern times, with lots of emphasis on WWII of course. The exhibit of the gun battery was pretty neat.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy accessible museum right on the seafront next to the hotels of Waikiki beach. Set in a bunker/field fortification the museum is full of interesting displays and memorabilia and tells the history of the bunker as well as war in the Pacific. Free admission but donations are appreciated and there is a gift shop too. Well worth a visit if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have an hour to spare, you should go see the museum in the morning. After seeing the Pearl Harbor and learning a little about WWII, the Army Museum would provide you more information of what happened on land.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Its free and interesting. Do yourself a favor and go. Its air conditioned and can take around an hour at your own pace. Great history, Hawaiian and military, for everyone to enjoy.

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