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USS Arizona Memorial, Honolulu

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USS Arizona Memorial marks the final resting place of one of the most iconic World War II battleships destroyed in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. More than 1,100 sailors and marines died here when Japanese forces attacked the harbor. The memorial, constructed in 1962, attracts nearly 1 million people each year. Begin your tour at the visitor center, where you can listen to a free talk about that fateful day and watch a brief documentary about the attack. You can then take a shuttle boat to the memorial, which straddles the hull of the sunken battleship. Remember that the memorial admits only a limited number of visitors each day, so it is a good idea to book a tour well in advance. Set aside time for a visit to the memorial museum so you can take in the personal stories of American soldiers who fought and died here. Plan your USS Arizona Memorial visit and explore what else you can see and do in Honolulu using our Honolulu trip planner.
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  • Unable to go to Memorial for public as dock cracked. If you want to go you will need to pay for private tour as they can access it.  more »
  • The USS Arizona Memorial is a very somber place. The tour was informative and interesting to me, as I come from a family with military members. I am very interested in history also. The group I...  more »
  • The USS Arizona Memorial is somewhere that every visitor to Honolulu should visit at least once. The memorial and other exhibits are worth taking a morning out of your day to pay respects to those...  more »
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  • The memorial or museum has about four different tours. I was able to get onto the USS Missouri and the submarine. It’s good if you really like history or want to learn more, being that I’m not much of a history fanatic I skimmed through the majority of it. The Missouri had a lot of interesting points with a spot dedicated to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There’s also two rooms/areas to walk in for history on the attack and aftermath that are free. Two gifts shops and a food truck. Definitely get the pack for four that’s more affordable but make a whole day trip of it!
  • Just awesome! First of all, thanks to brave men and woman that served and currently serve! Touching experience and really informative! The scenery around the site is so gorgeous and the tour guides really care so much about the site and it makes it that much better! Take the time and go pay respects and learn about this special place.
  • It's definitely worth visiting. Even without a ticket, there are two free exhibits, and you can see the USS Missouri Battleship from far away. If you do get tickets, my favorite part is the USS Missouri Battleship. It's really cool to see the technology on board and it gives you a good idea of what life was like on a WW2 battleship.
  • Very important to arrive early if you're headed to USS Arizona! They leave about 10 minutes early for each escort out there. This historic site is beyond a bucket list item. This is the only place in Hawaii not on Island Time. Like I mentioned prior just get here early. We spent easily 2.5 hours listening to the audio tour. Map out plenty of time as there is plenty to see, read, and take in.
  • Visited on a not very busy Sunday morning. We were super excited to see this historically important military base/museum but disheartened to be greeted by baseless rules and sarcasm from the security guard. I had a tiny purse with me which was apparently not allowed. Knowing how atrocious the theft is in Honolulu, we were disappointed we had to leave my purse behind. Fortunately, I was able to take the important contents and place into my pockets, however here’s where the logic disappears: there were NO metal detectors and no security checks entering the museum. So, I pointed out to the guard that I’m literally moving the contents of my purse to my pockets. He didn’t seem to care. Not a fan of silly rules. Too much red tape to actually see this historic monument. Disclaimer: we went during Covid. We did see a gorgeous double rainbow and appreciated learning about some history while we were there. We were ultimately turned off by the poor customer service and plethora of silly rules (with a true lack of actual security) so we left after 20 minutes. Maybe it’ll be a better experience in a year from now.

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