USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu

4.6
#3 of 112 in Museums in Hawaii
Home to a World War II submarine known as the "Pearl Harbor Avenger," USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park allows you to learn about the role of submarines in the war and see their inner workings up close. By the time the USS Bowfin was retired after World War II, it had successfully completed nine separate patrols in the Pacific Ocean and had sunk more than 14 enemy vessels. The museum displays artifacts, including weapons. A site here honors the vessels and crewmen lost during the war. Grab a narrative audio guide to learn about life aboard the ship and its combat missions. Use our Honolulu trip planning app to visit USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park on your trip to Honolulu, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • I was so engrossed in looking at all the intricate parts of this boat, that I knocked my noggen many a time, but it was just facinating.  more »
  • Amazing tour of this very well preserved submarine. Crew living/eating/working arrangements must have been incredible.  more »
  • Pearl Harbour complex very impressive. Touring the submarine was a great experience. Was interesting to see how the sailors lived and worked in such close confines.  more »
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  • My boyfriend and I we able to purchase the Groupon right at the visitor's center and go on the tour immediately! I initially didn't think we would go on the tour, but once we saw the ship I knew that I wanted to see the inside of the submarine. Very cramped once on the boat and it was a little hot we when we took the tour, but you can't expect the sub to be cool. We also received headsets that explained each area of the ship as you were walking through it. Very interesting and don't regret going!
  • Not very often you get to have a look inside a submarine. Let's you see the conditions that these brave men had to live in for long periods of time under war conditions. Truly remarkable. Staff were friendly at the shop and full of information.
  • Went on the tour with my son and he loved it. Although we got there around noon, there was parking available and there weren't any long lines. The sub was very well kept. So much to see in there. A headset was provided to lead you on an audio tour through the sub. Definitely a must see.
  • Decent sub but only get to access one level. It occupied about 20 minutes of time. You cannot get to the periscope on the actual sub and have to visit the mock up near the shop.
  • This was a really amazing part of our history. Walking through that sub and imagining the experience of being in there for months was fascinating. The details provided by the audio tour were great. The museum attached had a lot of interesting details about the silent service.
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