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“Army Museum”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #17 of 324 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.
Geelong, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Army Museum”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

well thought out and presented displays. Spent 3 hours here reading all the information signs.Fascinated and intrigued with the Vietnam War display. I was happy my husband was posted to Hobart as a National serviceman and not to Vietnam after seeing this display.

Visited March 2013
Thank Cheryl S
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Melbourne, Australia
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“A time in history”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

We spent not enough time there . There is much to see and take in a second visit is required to really appreciate the dispays, stories and history. We had a long and pleasant chat with the curator not only about the museum but Hawaii and Australia. Really enjoyed the experience

Visited March 2013
Thank Russell T
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Penticton, Canada
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Excellent musuem,, lots to look at. Well done displays. Free museum by donation.
theres even an attack helicopter on the roof. a must see in Oahu.

Visited March 2013
Thank mike b
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Hanover, Canada
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“US Army Museum of Hawaii”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

What an amazing surprise! Close to our condo, so went in to pass time out of the sun for a while, and stayed. So much information, photos, posters, memorabilia, etc, etc. It was free, not crowded, and so well layed out, very inviting to wander through. It was a great history lesson! Liked it better than the museum at Pearl Harbour. Staff is very friendly. Would definitely recommend putting this on your itinerary.

Visited March 2013
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Chaska, Minnesota
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“Really interesting!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

We visited here on our last day as we passed the time between checking out of our hotel and catching our flight and it was a pleasant surprise. You learn about the history of the army in Hawaii but also the part the Hawaii plays mainly in WWII (including Japanese Americans fighting for the US), and the Korea and Vietnam Wars. The museum operates off donation, so entrance is technically free. I would highly suggest if you are interesting in history and the military.

Visited March 2013
Thank bflute06
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