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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 vacation route planner to add USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and other attractions to your Honolulu vacation plans.
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  • Definitely do this while at Pearl Harbor.. Glad I didn't have to serve in those cramped quarters... lots to see in such a small (relatively) space... Also - a very good photo opportunity of the USS Ar...  more »
  • This was one of our major stops on the all-day tour of Pearl Harbor. What an interesting, moving experience. You can see up close and personal what it was like on board this historic submarine. The ex...  more »
  • I learned so much about our history and especially about the dedicated and unique individuals who have served our country in such a difficult environment. Many interesting facts, photos and submarine ...  more »
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  • A MUST SEE TOUR!! This was just as good as the Arizona Memorial (no disrespect here, it's just different and more hands on). It was a very powerful and sobering experience that really took you right back to what these men did for our country. The sigh, sound and even smells of being under the water level in such small compartments is really super awesome. It's not too cramped for a regular sized person. *NOTE: One that have difficulty bending, kneeling or conditions that require a wheelchair, this is not a tour to do the lower deck areas on. You have to crawl through the submarine's lockouts and it is quite cramped at times. Another thing that is neat is that you get to play with some of the sub's gadgets freely.
  • Nice stop next to NPS area. We didn't do it the first day due to time, but the following time since we couldn't get out to the Arizona we decided to try it and glad we did. I've been on a few submarines previously, and this one is the best well kept. They were undergoing maintenance but I couldn't even tell from how great it was. You get to tour both the museum as well as submarine within and on top. It's tight quarters but the one I've been to in NY was even tighter.
  • Never really knew much about submarines in WW2 so being able to go inside one was really cool! There is a lot of information you can learn and it is a definitely a spot you want see when going to Pearl Harbor.
  • I loved it. First time, I saw submarine from WWII. It is excellent museum with self guided audio tour. Especially to see how submariners lived in such small quarters. It highly recommend to see it when visiting the Arizona Memorial.
  • As a tall guy, this was really hard for me to walk through. That said, would gladly take this tour again. You learn so much and it helps you embrace more of what happens in submarine life.