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“Awesome museum”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #29 of 341 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.
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Well presented museum, lots of local history about the wars. Helicopter on roof was good.
Day we went their was a war veteran autographing his book,nice touch. Bus stops right outside.

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This historic museum recently underwent an upgrade and it's fantastic. Lots of history, lots of interesting facts about the military presence in Hawaii. Plus it's located literally right on the beach! (The bathrooms are clean too.) The staff members I spoke with are former military and their stories were awesome.

Thank RosalieGutz
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I'm in to history, especially WWII. My Father and his four brothers served. This museum is great. Really down to earth and you are in the actual fort used to provide defense for Oahu. If you have time and are in to this kind of stuff, a definite worth while stop.

Thank Daniel M
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

very well laid out museum. loved the helicopter on the roof to view.exit back door right on to waikiki beach.
lots of displays of hawaiis war history and famous hawaiian military people.a cracking place to visit.

Thank kenny b
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Reviewed January 30, 2013

One might want to skip this one if planning to do a trip to Pearl Harbor. But for the history buffs and people with interest to military-related stuff, it is worth a visit. It is small, so you would not spend too much time there and it is free. So, why not have a short break from the beaches, shops and restaurants?

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