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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
9:00 am - 4:15 pm
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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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Kids will love this historical adventure

This museum is free and right in Waikiki, what could be better. Tanks, helicopters, weapons, exhibits, plenty to see. You can tour the exhibits in air conditioned comfort and see... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is free and right in Waikiki, what could be better. Tanks, helicopters, weapons, exhibits, plenty to see. You can tour the exhibits in air conditioned comfort and see the history of this gun emplacement/fort. You can also see exhibits on the Vietnam War and see weapons, uniforms etc. Toilets are available and the place is child friendly.

Thank Beachbuoynz
Ajax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I like a lot that the museum is built, not just on the site but in the actual military facility because they found it too difficult to demolish. Very informative lots to look at and voluntary donation admission. would have loved to see the original 14 in guns they had there.

Thank LDBrumwell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Be prepared for an emotional moment or two when visiting this museum. I didn't expect to react so strongly to the displays of courage and patriotism that is so professionally portrayed. So much thought went into this museum to present accuracy and history. Thanks to the generous donations and lent objects by many benefactors. These help in the portrayal of... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

See Hawaii and Army history in one place. It is wheel chair friendly with an elevator to the second floor. No drinks or food allowed. (Water OK)

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place while out for a walk, and decided to drop in for a look around. So glad we did, as it is a fascinating journey through America's wartimes over the past 100 years. Entry is free, but donations are welcomed.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My 8 year old asked to go here. It's a nice museum and it's in an interesting building. It was a fun thing to do on a rainy day. No charge to get in but they have a donation box so take some cash to drop in. Make sure to go upstairs.

Thank lpetti3000
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is awesome and well worth the time. Only asks for donations. The staff is friendly and courteous. I am glad it is in Waikiki and next to the Hale Koa Hotel

Thank TEAM808
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all it is free. Used to be a gunnery shore battery and was so well made that they could not demolish it after its usefulness had past so they turned it into a museum. I really though it was great as it contains both history and exhibits to look at. You will not be disappointed if you visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Plan to spend at least a couple of hours here. The exhibits cover early Hawaii history, WWII history, Viet Nam, Korea, etc. There is a permanent exhibit dedicated to Kauai's son, 4-star General Eric K. Shinseki, who served during Viet Nam, earning two Purple Hearts, losing part of one foot after stepping on a hidden bomb. His career is amazing,... More 

Thank Jack and Kristi S
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an amazing museum open Tuesday to Saturday 9 - 4.30. The HO HO Bus Pink Line stops at the Trump Hotel which is just across the road from the Museum. The exhibits are so well organised. Give yourself at least 1.30h here. Truly well worth the visit.

Thank Patricia H

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