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“A Great insight of what WW2 submariners had to endure.”

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park
Ranked #12 of 322 things to do in Honolulu
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“A Great insight of what WW2 submariners had to endure.”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Whilst messing around in the Pearl Harbour memorial complex, I wandered over to a less crowded exhibit, namely the USS Bowfin. There were few people queued to see this monument. I tried to go onboard, but was told to by an admission ticket, which I did nearby for $7. After walking a gangway to the bow of the sub, I was directed down the forward torpedo loading hatch & into the sub. At the point some people became claustrephobic & turned around. I carried on through the main isle of the sub, Torpedo room, officers quarters, radio room, galley, control room, engine/motor room & finally aft torpedo room. Then back up the rear loading hatch to the deck. I was very interested in the display & was amazed how men managed to spend weeks at a time in such cramped conditions.
During the trip through the sub, there was pleanty of light, every possible hatch was open to the sky & it was well ventilated.
Bulky people may have trouble getting through the watertight doorways, which have to be negotiated along the way.
If you can't stand cramped spaces, don't go. If you can then it is very worthwile. Nothing like Hollywood portrays.

Visited November 2012
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“Cool walk through of a decommisioned submarine”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Feel what it was like ... great audio tour took you through every nook of this submarine.

Some steep steps (getting in and out) and tight bulkheads to squeeze through, but if reasonably mobile it's a none issue.



Took roughly an hour.

Visited November 2012
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Loved all of it. A must see even for those who are not interested in history. One day doesn't seem like enough.

Visited November 2012
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“Wow, not like the movies”
Reviewed November 22, 2012

Ok so you have seen submarines in WWII movies. Well after going aboard this you realize, how tiny, yes tiny and powerful a weapon it was. In turn that leads to a better understanding of what modern subs must be.

Visited September 2012
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“just so so”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

as much as i support paying for worthy museums we added this to our Missouri tour and though it was cheaper than the MIssouri the Arizona is free so i didn't see a great value. If you have tons of money and are a history or naval buff then see all of it, the Missouri, the Bowfin, the Flight museum and the Arizona. If you are budget minded and good with the Arizona memorial then this could be a pass, you can still walk on top just not inside of it. My husband and nine year old son liked all of it so this is just my opinion!

Visited November 2012
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