US Army Museum of Hawaii
US Army Museum of Hawaii
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is open Tues - Sat from 10 AM - 5 PM. We are closed on Federal Holidays (if Holiday falls on a Monday then we are closed that Tuesday). The Museum is FREE to all with exhibits located on the first and second floor of the facility. 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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  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent and Interesting Military Museum
    The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii, located in the historic Battery Randolph on the grounds of Fort DeRussy, is an excellent and interesting military museum. It is located at the western end of Waikiki in Honolulu, an easy walk from the Waikiki hotels. The building has been modified, especially outside, so it is not immediately recognizable for what it is, a large concrete battery which once housed guns to protect and control the shore and Honolulu. Inside, however, concrete walls are evident, one can see a cut-away cross-section of the wall, and there are maps throughout, showing the exact part of the battery one is in, which is very interesting. There is a large diorama model of the battery structure as well. The museum has fascinating displays on the battery, as well as Polynesian Hawaiian military history, warfare, and the campaigns of King Kamehameha I The Great, who took control first of the Big Island, i.e., Hawaii, and then unified all the islands under his rule. It includes the arrival of the Europeans, first with the British, the U.S. military history in the islands, the Attack on Pearl Harbor and WWII, as well as beyond, and of the Japanese American soliders who fought in the U.S.Army in WWII. Outside are a Japanese Type 95 Light Tank of WWII, a U.S. M24 Chaffee light tank, and more.
    Mahalo (Thank you) for taking the time to visit our museum and posting a thorough review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we hope you'll visit us again. Aloha!!
    Written January 19, 2024
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    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Hawkeye4077
    Maitland, Australia551 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great resource that could be easily overlooked
    A great use of a facility that the City tried to knock down. Converted the gunnery station into a self guided museum was a great decision. This is an easy and informative museum to move around and traces the history of battles and war from a Hawaiian perspective. No charge
    Mahalo (Thank you) for taking the time to visit our museum and posting a review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we hope you'll visit us again. Aloha!!
    Written January 19, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • GAN L
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia10,663 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good visit
    Impressive, informative, free of charge. Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm. The description of the building is explained in detail in the Battery Randolph Gallery. The galleries on the ground floor depict early Hawaiian warfare through the Vietnam war. On the second floor, the Gallery of Heroes gives recognition to past heroes. Impressive Cobra helicopter on display at second floor. On the outside of the building, one can see different types of tanks , howitzer and canon.
    Mahalo (Thank you) for taking the time to visit our museum and posting a review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we hope you'll visit us again. Aloha!!
    Written January 19, 2024
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    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 25, 2023
  • Marty M
    Sydney, Australia51 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting modern history war museum with a Hawaii flavour
    Interesting museum about US army history focused on Hawaii. Lots of history and learning here. Well organised with written explanations. Has a gift shop. Free admission with signing of guest book required. A guided tour would be good. It's near the beach and the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
    Mahalo (Thank you) for taking the time to visit our museum and posting a review. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and we hope you'll visit us again. Aloha!!
    Written January 19, 2024
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 10, 2024
  • Jurora
    Peterborough, Canada606 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wish I had more time.
    Nice that this is a free museum! After being at the beach, we decided to tour around in here. We didn't have as much time as we wanted, as we arrived in here mid aft, and had to carry on. A nice museum, where one goes down a long, kind of dark hallway (re. bunker?), and there are exhibit rooms off to the side, which we partook in a few. We liked the wee bar set-up, with the original Hawaii 50, playing on a tv (hubby's fave show, still). It was interesting, as a Canadian, learning more about Pearl Harbour and the Vietnam war, as Canadians weren't involved in those conflicts. Elsewhere, I also sat and listened to some audio blurbs, such as President F.D. Roosevelt's speech about Dec 7, 1941 being "a day of infamy", and another one where it was 'breaking news' about Pearl Harbour being attacked by the Empire of Japan. I looked at what I could, as I was being pushed around in a transport chair, and hubby was kind of hurrying us thru. Wished I had of gotten to the gift shop. Maybe we'll get back another time.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 18, 2024
  • Jeff R
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Museum a gem
    This is a very special place, a restored WW1/WW2 era bunker gun emplacement turned into a museum covering early native Hawaiian tribal warfare, how the US military first came to Oahu, the beginning of WW2 through the Vietnam war. Focuses on veterans from Hawaii and how these gun emplacements were designed to be used. Many of the batteries still exist but in an unrestored state. This museum is very well run and a must see for those interested in Pearl Harbor. Covers broader military history of Hawaii that Pearl Harbor museums do not.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2024
  • Sandra M
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting and worth a visit - free admission!
    Interesting museum with immersive exhibits and artifacts. Recommend popping in and walking through Fort Derussy and it's very well maintained. Fairly accessible with seating areas and volunteers are friendly and welcoming. Self-guided and free admission. The gift shop was very well stocked. Parking validation available, parking lot very close to museum across the street. We were recommended this museum after visiting the Tropic Lighting Museum on Schofield Barracks.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 22, 2024
  • Jonnyjubb
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom225 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Informative (and free!)
    Came across this museum on one of walks and made a point of coming back to it. Spent a very informative hour in here. Very well laid out, with interesting artefacts and relevant descriptions. Add in that this was free to get into and it’s well worth a visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 18, 2024
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RLD808
Oahu, HI5,760 contributions
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Mar 2020
The U.S. Army Museum of Hawaii is housed inside Battery Randolph, a former coastal artillery battery, located at Fort DeRussy Military Reservation. The museum's collection contains some World War II armor pieces, an AH-1 Cobra helicopter, and small arms indoors, as well as the battery itself. The battery's main guns were scrapped prior to the inception of the museum.

Museum exhibits cover the military history of early Hawaii and the post-annexation history of US Army warfare in the Pacific hemisphere including World War II, Vietnam, and Korea. The museum also includes a "Gallery of Heroes" honoring recipients of the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross.

The admission is free, but check their hours of operation prior to attempting to visit. This is a great activity to do if weather is bad and you can't go to the beach. Great for all ages and is easy to navigate if you have walking issues.
Written March 5, 2020
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Written March 6, 2020
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maegwin
Vernon, Canada114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The US Army Museum of Hawaii is a place of historical interest, regarding the wars the US was involved in. The museum has many war artifacts and military readings of interest. We found this museum important to visit; it reminds us of the many casualties of war. So many young people died for our freedom.
Written January 22, 2020
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Written January 24, 2020
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ggabuzda
36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Johnny41958
Orchard Park, NY71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Plan to spend a few hours in seeing photo's, sounds and displays of the military history in Hawaii over the last centuries. It all takes place in the gun battery underground structure from that was in place prior to WWII. Very informative and also displays of tanks and equipment outdoors. Very interesting and worth the cost of the parking a rental car near by. If you're staying near by I'm sure its an easy walk.
Written February 16, 2020
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Mahalo (Thank you) for taking the time to visit the museum and we really appreciate your feedback on TripAdvisor. It's a big help!! Aloha!
Written February 19, 2020
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Debra O
Westview, KY43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dana B
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Jeanjavert
Wailua, HI69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I went with my 15 year old and we both loved it. You don’t need to enjoy military history to enjoy this museum.

Getting There: It’s in Fort DeRussy Park right on Waikiki Beach. There is a bus stop right out front. There is parking lot nearby and they validate parking. They have disabled parking put front. See the website for more details.

Admission: Free by donation, but I would have paid.

A big part of the museum is the building. It’s located inside an old army battery once used to defend Hawaii. The space is nice and cool as it’s mostly buried into the hill it’s on. It also does a great job of immersing you into the content as you’re inside a former military installation. Kids love the tunnels and hidden spaces.

The museum pursues three main themes on the first floor. First they start with a the military history of Hawaii pre-contact. There are some excellent models and exhibits that walk you through this without overloading you.

From pre-contact they go to the military history of the island after to the war of the pacific, then onto Korea and Vietnam (exhibits covering Afghanistan and Iraq are in the works).

The third theme is the story of the battery the museum is located in. They’ve done a great job reconstructing sections to show everything worked.

Throughout the museum is fantastic audio to help immerse you in the theme. Everything from Hawaiian songs to WWII radio broadcasts can be heard in the background.

The second floor has a section about the Army Corps of Engineers as well the Gallery of Heroes, which tells the stories of Hawaiian residents who served with distinction in the armed forces.

Also on the roof is a Helicopter and a giant gun. Out in front are several tanks as well as a beautiful Tiki memorial to the fallen.

The gift shop is really good with a wide variety of items, including service patches and books as well as clothes and toys.

This is a volunteer run facility and it’s better than some professional museums that charge admission. Please donate what you can if you go.
Written March 27, 2023
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JS
Oahu, HI16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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M&JR
Fort Worth, TX1,164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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