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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  • The USS Bowfin Submarine which was launched in 1942, gives a person a birds-eye view of what it was like to be submerged in tight quarters, with an average patrol length of 43 days. The primary weapon...  more »
  • Other than the Arizona Memorial, this may have been out favorite Pearl Harbor attraction. The old submarine can be explored at your own pace. It is fascinating to be in its narrow passageways, see the...  more »
  • Nominal fee to get into the Bowfin - I think it's $3. Usually has no wait. Nice thing to check out and get photos with. Good for families - very young kids probably will get little out of it. If you h...  more »
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  • Showed up at 0730 to get our free tickets to see the Arizona and when we arrived the ticket we were handed said 1015. So naturally we had some time to kill... off to the museums. The USS Bowfin was our first, knowing nuttin' about the Navy and especially Submarines, I really enjoyed this tour. On the way over they have different types of torpedoes laying around. We paid the $10 for a self paced audio tour, which included admission to the Museum, and we really enjoyed it. Get there early! We had almost no crowd and while in the submarine nobody was rushing us. As we left however, about 45 minutes later, it was starting to get busy. Great way to learn about history here. Thanks for reading.
  • Relatively inexpensive tour, with self guided audio included. Very cool piece of history. It's pretty cramped inside, so don't bother if your claustrophobic. BEWARE that you cannot bring bags, purses, etc inside the grounds at all. Your only choice is to check them at a shack outside, which left me a little uneasy. There are signs everywhere saying that it's a "high theft area," so they don't recommend leaving them in your car.
  • For $12, you get both the submarine and the nearby submarine museum. Audio guides are free and highly recommended. Otherwise, you won't understand what everything on the ship means.
  • Great piece of history. Friendly staff. The restoration on the submarine is beautiful.
  • Awesome attraction! Really well preserved, though a bit more info on the instrumentals might come handy

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