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“Great way to spend an hour or so away from beach & shops.”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #18 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.
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great way to spend an hour or so away from beach & shops.”
Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

Not only is this free and easy to get to, it's very well organised with lot of very well presented displays and well presented information. Our teenage children, who wouldn't normally have long attention span in many museums, were happy to spend lots of time here.
Doesn't look like a "must do" from the street but it is well worth a look.

Visited April 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Take an hour off the beach and visit”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Took a break from the beach and enjoyed walking around the museum one hot afternoon. Free entry (donation requested). Lots of information and interesting displays.

Visited April 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Free - and a great place to visit”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

One of my favourite places and its free. You can wonder round and see and watch movies with retired veterans and learn about war from their very own experience. Something not to miss.

Visited March 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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“Worth the visit”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

Glad we stopped in here on the way back from Pearl Harbor, bus stop is right out the front. Cannot believe it is free to go in, but we did leave a donation as the place is well laid out and worth spending some time here if you are interested in the military history of Hawaii. Located in Fort DeRussy park, it was easy to get to and from this museum.

Visited April 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great way to spend an hour”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Free entry, donations requested. Lots of American & Japanese history as well as some of Hawaii's history. It's a small museum but worth a tour.

Visited April 2013
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