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“great way to spend a few hours” 4 of 5 stars
Review of US Army Museum of Hawaii

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #18 of 311 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 will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. 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. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 4:15 pm. The Hawaii Army Society Museum Store (HAMS) closes at 4 pm. The Museum is free to all. Audio 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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“great way to spend a few hours”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

we didnt know what to expect here, but found it informative and interesting with a lot of history about Hawaii, and it efforts- mainly in WW2. def worth spending a couple of hours there

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Enjoyed a visit here. The museum is in the old gun battery at the fort, and good explanations of what room you are in and each housing exhibits.

Not really a place for young kids though

Visited July 2013
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“Nice Surprise!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

My son asked if we could visit this museum so we went. It was actually really nice. They had great displays, lots of well preserved weapons, a nice short video about the work the Army Corps of Engineers does and of course the helicopter on the roof.

Visited July 2013
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“Nice break from hustle and bustle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The museum is a nice place to visit if you are interested in military history or not. It takes you on a journey from the 1700's and the warfare in the Hawaiian islands right through to the Vietnam war. It focuses alot on involvment of Hawaii in conflicts throught the years. The museum has a good balance between art and pictures, real or replica artifacts and scale models.

Visited July 2013
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“lovely small museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

It's a lovely small museum showing the history of the US Army. They have a lot of old weapons from the US and Japan and it's nice to see how they differ. Especially the honoured people on the second floor are really interesting .

It's free so spend some time (and a tip)

Visited July 2013
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