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“Okay, It was Free and Next to Our Hotel”

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.
Teaneck, N.J.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Okay, It was Free and Next to Our Hotel”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

Freebies always start with a plus factor, and this freebie was perfectly nice for what it was. Don't miss the helicopter landing pad and the films. I'm not a military buff, but the military is one of Hawaii's two biggest employers and this helps explain why.

Visited November 2013
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Pearl City, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good, Free museum near waikiki.”
Reviewed December 26, 2013

This museum is a lot bigger than it looks. Lots to see inside after you've checked out the tanks and arty staged outside the front of the builder/bunker. 5$ charge for audio unit for tour, I didn't really use mine. Good gift shop inside. Make sure you checkout the second level, stairs up are hard to find. Second level has a lot to see also, honor memorial, chopper, etc... Just a quick walk from all the hotels at the top of kuhio ave.

Visited December 2013
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Henderson, Nevada
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“Great museum, loaded with history”
Reviewed December 24, 2013 via mobile

Located near the Reef Outrigger hotel. Nice free museum highlighting the history of the area, Easy to get to and full of interesting facts. Building was originally part of the Fort that protected the city and the location of the hidden gun placements.

Visited December 2013
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Chicago, Il
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Fun and educational, boys favorite”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

This is a big favorite with locals children, especially boys. It is inside a old beach side bunker with such thick concrete walls they couldn't demolish it - so made a museum. Audio is worth it, but not for younger kids ( under 10). May photos, weapons, maps, history. Some japanese and german as well as US items. Dont miss the helicopter on the roof ( second floor stairs/ elevator are not that easy to find). Great photo ops outside by the tanks. Walking distance from Waikiki or park across street and get validation for discount.

Visited December 2013
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“Old Museum”
Reviewed December 16, 2013

It was good to see this museum. I have learned some history but they should update the areas where you can sit or rest. It looked a little diry and dated.

Visited November 2013
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