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“Informative & Free”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #18 of 328 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The museum and the museum store are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum is free to all. 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. 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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“Informative & Free”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

There aren't many free attractions to be found in Hawaii but this is one of them. You'll learn the history of Fort DeRussy as well as the history of the armed forces on the island. The exhibits and displays they have on hand are very interesting, including the helicopter that sits on the roof! If you're into history or just have some time to kill, I recommend checking this place out.

(There is an audio tour that has a fee but it's optional and admission is free)

Visited September 2012
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“Don't miss the Cobra helicopter on the roof”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

We want to return to this museum on our next visit to Oahu because there is so much more to see and we will rent the audio tour next time. One hour was not enough for us to see it all. One thing I liked is that the sound effects changed as you went to different parts of a display room which added to the atmosphere. The gift shop is really full of good gift items that are related to the historical theme but are not necessarily military items and the man who was in charge of the gift shop was helpful and gave us suggestions.

Visited September 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Displays are terrific!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We had been to Honolulu several times but this was a first for the US Army Museum. The Museum is much larger than I expected and tells many stories of the US Army. This is a "must see" Museum.

Visited September 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“A good history lesson on Hawaii”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

I did not know what to expect when I went to this museum but was pleasantly surprised by what I experienced. The museum gives a fairly detailed history of military on the Hawaiian Islands back from the first European visitors to the present day. Upstairs the medal of honor wall is quite moving.

It is a free attraction but donations are welcome; I would recommend giving 5 or 10 dollars and set aside about 2 hours to walk through the entire museum.

Visited April 2012
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Gold Coast Australia
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Reviewed September 26, 2012

This museum is well worth a look and it's free, right in Waikiki. It is located in the park at Fort De Russy

Visited September 2012
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