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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu

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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 never imagined that I would go inside a submarine. It was amazing to see and the cramped conditions that the sailors lived in. It was a bit claustrophobic, but very interesting as well. 
    I never imagined that I would go inside a submarine. It was amazing to see and the cramped conditions that the sailors lived in. It was a bit claustrophobic, but very interesting as well.  more »
  • great museum to expend the day, a lot of elements to see, self audio tour, at your own pace. Tour the submarine is awesome. Great place for bunch of pictures 
    great museum to expend the day, a lot of elements to see, self audio tour, at your own pace. Tour the submarine is awesome. Great place for bunch of pictures  more »
  • OMG, this was a fantastic experience to see first hand how life was on a ww2 sub. I am 6'2" space is certainly at a premium. 
    OMG, this was a fantastic experience to see first hand how life was on a ww2 sub. I am 6'2" space is certainly at a premium.  more »
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  • Had a great experience visiting the Submarine and learning more about the history of America. Growing up, Pearl Harbour was only something we touched on in the history books in Canada. I wanted to learn more for much of my life and finally, after 28 years, got the chance to visit. I did not know when I arrived that I would get to tour a Submarine and it was awesome! The museum is well managed and it is air conditioned! Had a ton of fun.
  • This submarine was awesome! The audio is really interesting to hear as you walk through the inside of the sub. The submarine is huge! You will not believe how many bulk heads you have to walk through from front to back. Nice little gift shop but be careful, they get you on the "free pearl"!
  • Really cool place to visit and learn a bit about the history of pearl harbor. The tour in the submarine though is really fun. You walk through the whole submarine from front to back and get a great sense of life on a sub. Definitely recommend visiting the museum after the submarine tour. Great place to visit.
  • Great experience. Be warned that after you tour the exhibit, you and your COVID mask will smell like the submarine...for the rest of the day. Make sure you visit the museum. The employees were very friendly. The food that they serve looked fantastic, but my son wanted to look for a local restaurant to have lunch. We ate at 604. It was good.
  • Very interesting and I can't imagine how the sailors lived in such small confined spaces. I'm not very tall and it was difficult for me to climb over foot partitions and not bump my head maneuvering through the different walkways. Military personnel made many sacrifices for our freedom and I truly appreciate all their work for our freedom and we as Americans should be very thankful!

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