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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
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Aviator's Tour
Ranked #24 of 324 things to do in Honolulu
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Owner description: One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located near the Battleship Missouri in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII. Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war's youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You'll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed cafe Laniakea, and the combat flight simulators in which you can virtually fight the battle of Guadalcanal in either an American or Japanese plane.Pacific Aviation Museum's mission is to develop and maintain an internationally recognized aviation museum, which educates young and old alike, honors aviators and the support personnel who defended freedom in the Pacific Region, and is dedicated to preserving Pacific aviation history.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great museum”
Reviewed May 30, 2013

Really good museum. It has several displays both inside and out. They also just acquired and restoring one of the B17's that was arriving on the day of the Pearl Harbor Attack. It was downed during the war and finally recovered and shipped to them to restore.

Visited March 2013
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Auburn, California
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“Little Gem”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We visited the Pacific Aviaiton Museum when we were at Pearl Harbor in April of 2013. It is a nice little museum. Defintely worth a visit. Make sure you walk over to the other Hangar where they are showing some older aircraft. Still a work in progress but very nice.

Visited April 2013
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

I just thought the place was junky. The main is museum is mall and has a couple good displays, but that’s it. They have a secondary hanger with some good aircraft, but they are in disrepair, and the place is a mess. You just want to yell at someone to clean it up. I have been to WAY better aviation museums; this is probably the worst I've seen. I don’t recommend it.

Visited April 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Go, but prepare to be underwhelmed”
Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

This place has a story to tell, an incomparable and tragic story. Between them, the US National Parks and US Navy have failed to match the magnitude of the event commemorated here. It's scruffy; not actually dirty, just tired and dated. The museum is a random collection of US and Japanese aircraft poorly arranged and unimaginatively displayed. The lighting is horrible for photography. The museum shuts at 5.00, but the cafe shuts at 4.00 and the kitchen shuts at 3.00, so don't expect a coffee while you await the crowded return shuttle bus. This museum, and indeed the whole collection of sites, should be a must-see location. December 7, 1941 deserves a better memorial than this.

Visited April 2013
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

It was interesting but a short activity only about an hours worth. The buses there and back get packed and we spent longer waiting to get on a bus than we did in the museum. Recommend going early to miss the bus rush at the end of the day.

Visited January 2013
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