US Army Museum of Hawaii

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US Army Museum of Hawaii

US Army Museum of Hawaii
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Temporarily closedClosed until Dec 31, 2022
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The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is closed for renovations until the end of 2022. Please call to get updates. The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is open Tues - Sat from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum is FREE to all with exhibits located on the first and second floor of the facility. English and Japanese audio tours are available to visitors for a nominal fee ($5). Parking is available directly across the street from the museum in the Saratoga parking lot. Validation is available at the welcome desk. Constructed from 1909-11, the Coast Artillery Battery (known as Battery Randolph) protected Oahu with its two 14-inch disappearing guns. In the early 70’s, attempts were made to tear down Battery Randolph to make way for the Hale Koa Hotel, however, those attempts proved to be unsuccessful. In 1976, the structure was repurposed into a museum focusing on depicting early Hawaiian warfare and the military’s presence in the Pacific highlighting every major military encounter throughout the 20th Century.
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA139 contributions
Dec 2021
Visited the first Saturday of December. The facility is well within walking distance of the Waikiki hotels, so getting there was easy. The museum is free, but they accept donations. You can easily spend 2-3 hours at this museum (or more) as the numerous exhibits display the interesting history of this place. As a result, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes to avoid getting tired on your feet. The museum has many displays of older and more modern weaponry that the fort and the army possessed during the different time periods - including the different periods of World War 2, Korean War and the Vietnam War. Moreover, the museum features the fort's construction, operation and maintenance over the years. Also, there is a small gift shop that's worth a brief visit. I highly recommend all military history enthusiasts visiting this place.
Written December 25, 2021
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Chris W
Christchurch, New Zealand50 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
I spent a good couple of hours exploring this great museum that is housed in the former gun fort that was but to defend Honolulu in the 1800s. There is a natural flow to the exhibits which cover early inter-tribe battles through WW1, WW2, Korea and Vietnam. There is also a good exhibit honouring various medal winners from Hawaii. Overall, given this is a free museum (donations willingly accepted) I would definitely recommend a visit as a nice change from some of the other, more popular, Oahu attractions.
Written January 25, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to visit the museum. Your input and feedback is greatly appreciated. And, we hope that you will visit us again. Aloha!!
Written January 28, 2020
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ggabuzda
28 contributions
Sep 2021
The US Army Museum is a very nice presentation of how the military has been a part of Hawaii, especially Oahu, for many years. The museum is located in an old shore battery that is well kept and laid out nicely for visitors. There is no cost to go in the museum. The second floor exhibit is dedicated to a number of brave men that have fallen for our country. It takes about 75 minutes to see the museum along with the exhibit for the Army Engineering Corps upstairs. Right on the beach and worth the time!
Written September 16, 2021
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M&JR
Fort Worth, TX874 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Upon leaving the U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, I was told the museum would be closing for extensive upgrades, repairs, and enhancements probably until late December or into early 2023. So, check the website for updates. I just did and they closed February 12th.

The Army Museum is a short walk from all the major hotels in Waikiki. If you immerse yourself, it will take 2-3 hours. The history, culture, and exhibits presented are awesome. All they asked for was a donation.

You could definitely understand why upgrades are needed as the years have taken a toll on this once important fort. But, it shouldn’t stop anyone from a wonderful historical walk.

With the above said, I will return to see the modifications in 2023.

Anyone visiting Hawaii after the museum reopens, GO! I am sure it will be better.

I always count the Army and Bishop Museums as my must see, go to places on my trips to Waikiki / Honolulu.
Written March 3, 2022
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Debra O
Westview, KY44 contributions
May 2021
My husband who is retired army decided to visit the museum which was within walking distance of our hotel. A gem of a military museum. An audio tour is available but my husband and I opted to just view the displays without it. Enough information is given at each display that the audio tour may not be necessary. I don't think this museum is as popular as some of the more well known military museums but it is worth taking the time to visit. It certainly upped my knowledge of military history.
Written May 26, 2021
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Lengtan67
Kuala Lumpur1,060 contributions
Jan 2022
Plenty artifacts, photographs, and ephemeral pieces from World War II to Vietnam on display.

Admission is free and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The merchandise shop is equally interesting for collectors.
Written March 3, 2022
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Chris H
Columbia, MD386 contributions
Feb 2020
Visited this museum on a Saturday in early February when it opened at 10am. Spent about an hour. One part was under renovation. Very interesting, especially wrt the Army and coastal defense of Hawaii. Worth seeing if you have the time.
Written March 1, 2020
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Mahalo(Thank you) for taking the time to visit our museum and provide a review. We really appreciate your comments and support. Please stop in again! Aloha!!
Written March 4, 2020
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Dana B
14 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
The museum is living history as you walk through the halls and doorways of a costal Artillery battery more than a century old. With the original doors and hardware still in place. This museum is Ada friendly with several Ada parking spot near the front door and a elevator to the second level. However, it should be noted the interior floor is carpet, but is very uneven as it is original. There were some long dark narrow passages, but these could be avoided without changing the experience.
Written January 24, 2021
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JS
Oahu, HI12 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
This is a very nice museum (free, relies on dontations only)

Lots of history, weapons, artifacts, etc. great for little boys and rainy days. Right next to Waikiki beach. Must go!
Written March 10, 2021
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,911 contributions
Nov 2019
We had a chance to visit this free museum because it was located near our hotel. The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is open Tues - Sat from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum exhibits located on the first and second floor of the facility focuses on depicting early Hawaiian warfare and the US Army’s presence in the Pacific highlighting every major military encounter throughout the 20th Century. You will be able to see how the Army has evolved in WW I, WWII, Korea, Vietnam in fighting the foe. There is a real battle helicopter on the deck. It was a very interesting and informative one-hour visit.
Written October 30, 2020
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