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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Honolulu

4.7
#3 of 121 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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USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park reviews

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  • So much history in this WWII submarine! Incredible to imagine the brave crew members who lived on the USS Bowfin. The living quarters were so tight and every little available space was utilized...  more »
  • I was astonished at this vessel, it's capabilities, and it's role in WWII. Definitely worth a visit. Gave me an appreciation for the non-closterphobic servicemen that served on her.  more »
  • If you love history, then this is the place for you. We enjoyed taking this self-guided tour and then reading the plagues too.  more »
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  • Tight quarters going through it. Don't go if you have a bad back or injury to legs. The holes connecting each room require a lot of movement. It really brings to life what people in a submarine have to do and live. Completed the tour of the inside in about 17 minutes.
  • We visited this museum using our Go Oahu card purchased from Costco. If you are using your Go Oahu card, you still need to line up at the ticket booth first to get your actual tickets. This is a self guided tour and headsets will be provided. You can press the number you see on the wall into your headset to listen to the recordings. Low ceiling inside the submarine so it might be uncomfortable for very tall people (over 6 feet). Hard to climb some stairs so it might not be a place to visit for small children.
  • A great opportunity to enter and explore a submarine! Be mindful of tight walkways down below and walking on the top when it rains. Wonderful experience to see.
  • This whole area is awesome. If here, you need to tour the Arizona, Missouri, and Bowfin. The Bowfin is pretty cramped which is a testament to the sailors who operated it. I brought the whole family. My boys enjoyed going inside.
  • It was definitely interesting to see. Be warned it is really hot in there. The museum was really informative as well. We did not do the narrated tour just self guided as we were short on time.

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