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“See where WW2 began and stand in the same spot where it ended!!!”

Battleship Missouri Memorial
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Owner description: Preserving our History-Superstructure Preservation Project Currently, work is being done to our superstructure and is expected to be completed by September 2017. For safety reasons, our flying and navigation bridges will be closed during restoration. We appreciate your patience and understanding and your part in helping to preserve America’s last Battleship. The Battleship Missouri Memorial is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the summer months (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the rest of the year). General admission, which includes choice of an optional tour, is $25 per adult and $13 per child (4-12). Military, kama'aina (local resident) and school group pricing is available.The Battleship Missouri Memorial, located a mere ship's length from the USS Arizona Memorial, completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the "day of infamy" and the sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor and ends with Imperial Japan's unconditional surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.Following an astounding career that spans five decades and three wars, from World War II to the Korean conflict to the Liberation of Kuwait, the "Mighty Mo" was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which operates the battleship as a historic attraction and memorial. The Association oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants and the generosity of donors.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“See where WW2 began and stand in the same spot where it ended!!!”
Reviewed January 23, 2009

I have been on all 3 tours .on 3 different occasions. but it was a lil while back!! Beautiful ship and she earned her right to watch over the USS Arizona. ..^^^^ If you go ---it is a must to get a guided tour..... I think the tour that had the lunch in the Captains cabin was called the Captains Tour... It does cost more.. yet you will never have another opportunity to experience the exclusive Captains living space on any other tour so if available take that chance.... because i just checked the website and I believe it is no longer available...(like i said it has been a while ) . The explorors tour will take you down into the ship where you will explore many levels and compartments, learn how she runs as a ship and what is needed to get her going ... and going strong..The tour guide provided many amazing facts about the ship! **FYI we climbed many ladders so i think this is not for small children and ok for the older children. The second visit if I am not mistaken, I took the Guided Tour...This is the least expensive and you will feel like that is the best 7 dollars you have ever spent on any tour!!...Very informative/1 hour tour where you will learn about the ship's basics, her proud history, weapons, everyday life onboard, and of course you will hear her many stories .... and about that day.... when the surrender was made.. when the war that took so so many lives finally ended .. (over 40 million were killed)This is kinda like the happy ending to that tragic day that began at Pearl Harbor.... The Missouri is there to watch over the Arizona and crewmembers.. and she won't turn her back! after the tour we were free to roam ..we looked at displays /museum and the ships huge model that is onboard/ . there is food and just so much... oh and there is a tour i did not do.. the audio... i dont know anything about it .. but i did read it can take all day to listen to all the info .. so just a heads up ..MORE INFO: It can get hot so wear cool clothes, and bring water and sunscreen. AND read the security measures that are posted on the website.... so you know what to expect .. Ford Island is still an active base so there are certain measures.. and dont forget your camara!!!You can use vid cam once on the ship .. only not while you are getting there/ !! And remember she is maintained through donations, and many staff you see are probably volunteers,,, so visit this hero with an open heart.... :) You're Gonna Love the experience!!!!!

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Glastonbury, CT
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Reviewed August 12, 2008

We weren't going to go see this battleship but decided to based on our visit to the USS Arizona memorial. We took the guided tour with Doc, it was awesome! He was the best tour guide and knew the answer to every question. He knew everything there was to know about this massive battleship and took into rooms and decks that were closed off. I would highly recommend the guided tour. We got a lot more out of our visit than if we were to walk around the ship on our own.

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Orange, California
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“A piece of American History. A must see!!”
Reviewed July 23, 2008

So if you haven't read my reviews before, I love history, mostly because my parents took me to historical sites across the U.S. and it became real to me. Next to the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri was one site I wanted to see in Hawaii. I was not disappointed. My wife and I chose not to buy a tour due to time constraints, and we wanted to get to the air museum. We chose to walk through the ship ourselves, and even caught part of the tour as it came through. As we walked we saw the guns and turrets, the place where the Japanese surrendered in WWII, the missile silos used during the Persian Gulf War, captain and crew quarters, the bridge, and many other things you can see. They call this and the Arizona memorial the bookends of WWII, The attack on Pearl Harbor is where it began, and the surrender on the "Mighty Mo" is where it ended. I would recommend you see this for all, including families with kids and teens, to get to the upper decks there are stairs so watch your step. Also if you are over 6’3” duck, because the ceiling inside is low. Never once did we feel pressure to upgrade our tickets when we arrived at the ship itself. The entertainment guide for Hawaii has a coupon in it for U.S.S. Missouri passes, or tour.

WARNING: As with The Arizona Memorial and the Bowfin sub they are not allowing any bags onto the area. NO camera bags (Cameras okay), backpacks, diaper bags, or PURSES. You will have to leave in them in your vehicle, or bag check in ($3 PER bag) with security outside the Bowfin.

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Hanover, NH
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“OK, but not great”
Reviewed May 5, 2008

I took the standard guided tour rather than the more thorough Explorer's Tour. It took about an hour. I have toured many othe museum ships and I know a lot about US Navy ships.

Only about 5% of the ship was available to see so the tour is very superficial. The crew's quarters, admiral's quarters, captain's quarters, radio rooms, machinery spaces, galley, and most other spaces including restrooms were closed and off limits. You could see into the bridge (where you steer the ship) but it was roped off. You could not go into the gun turrets, either the 5 inch ones or the 16 inch ones. The ship was in commission for a long time and it is quite worn and frazzled about the edges and the exterior is getting rusty in places. The wooden decks are in fairly good shape. The few pieces of electronic equipment seen in the limited interior tour were as often as not the victim of souvenoir hunters, with knobs and buttons missing and with broken wiring sticking out here and there. Most of the phone handsets had gone missing. There are no restrooms open aboard the ship. The ship was drastically modernized in the 1980's and it is not in the WWII cofiguration. There are no anti-aircraft guns, for example, and there were many other changes. It is outfitted with modern weapons, including cruise missles and Phalanx, but even these looked old and worn.

On the positive side, the tour guide did a good job of describing the signing of the WWII peace treaty with Japan and the Kamikaze attack and some other interesting historical events including the 1991 Gulf War.

The USS North Carolina in Wilmington, NC, is in much better condition and you can tour practically the entire ship including the machinery spaces, for much less money. The same is true of the USS Massachusetts in Fall River. If you want to see an appreciable amount of the USS Missouri, you should take the Explorer's Tour, although it is very expensive compared with tours of most museum ships. Hopefully the Explorer's tour is better.

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“Informative Tour on Where WWII Ended”
Reviewed July 14, 2007

The battleship USS Missouri is truly impressive. We noticed how well maintained the ship was and walked by repair crews on site touching up the ship to its prime. There is an arrow map throughout the ship following a certain path which will take you to all parts that are available for the viewing public. We used a coupon in the Entertainment book that gave us a discount on the price of admission. My husband and I learned a lot and would recommend the tour to to others.

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