We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Interesting stories and worth a look”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #19 of 321 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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.
Katoomba
Level Contributor
86 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Interesting stories and worth a look”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

I can't say I was that interested but we dropped in on a hot day while walking. It was cool but the reception from the staff was very warm n sincere. There is, as expected, much war memorabilia but also some nice stories and a reverent gallery of heroes. It is free and the little shop has a range of gifts that are a little different.

Visited April 2013
Helpful?
Thank Snombat
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,586 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    925
    533
    113
    14
    1
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2013

This was something I did for something to do and was really surprised how much I enjoyed it. It is free to visit but donations are welcome. The people operating this have close connections to the defence force. Do yourself a favour and get the mobile tour guide. So many people looked but did not know the details

Visited April 2013
Helpful?
Thank Tim B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great way to spend an hour or so away from beach & shops.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Helpful?
Thank howzat_99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Level Contributor
65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Take an hour off the beach and visit”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Helpful?
Thank Donegal1968
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Free - and a great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Helpful?
Thank brooktales
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed US Army Museum of Hawaii also viewed

 

Been to US Army Museum of Hawaii? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing