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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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  • We found the tour very good. Lots of information and ask as many questions as you need to. I don't know how they did it. 
  • Located near the Arizona Memorial parking lot. Buy tickets at the visitor center. Submarine is to the right of the visitors center. Tour is self guided and one way through the sub. Need to be physical...  read more »
  • Amazing tour through the actual submarine that fought in the wars. Truly fascinating to behold the actual vessile and its everyday workings. Well done and true to life. Not for the claustrophobic thou...  read more »
  • Walking around the inside of this submarine was an incredibly emotional experience. I felt as if I could understand the struggle of the men stationed in this submarine many years ago. The fear they must have felt riding this vessel beneath the waves, where death could come at any moment. The power they must have felt manning its controls. I imagined the camaraderie of being in such close proximity with so many individuals. I was also enthralled by the mechanical wonders present in all crevices of the submarine that made no effort to conceal themselves. Of all the historic sites I've visited, this was one of the most enriching.
  • If you like war machines or have always wanted to be inside submarine then choose this place. Okay everything is shiny and so on but it's ok. This is memorial place now. All things are still very authentic. You will walk inside the submarine from front to rear. There are torbedos and all items like should be. You can also imagine how hard is to live in submarine when you see the places where crew has sleeped. Warning! If you are not familiar with narrow places, do NOT go.
  • Amazing to walk through such an important piece of US... world history. To see the extremely tight quarters the sailors lived in, and the weaponry used against the Japanese is just remarkable. Audio tour is also available (for free with your ticket purchase) before you get on the boat if you want to hear history behind the boat and crew as well.
  • My grandfather served on a submarine in the U.S.S.R., so I've always been sort-of excited by this sort of stuff and, sure enough, you learn a lot of WWII history and naval trivia...from the Americans' side. What you don't learn, for example, is the horror of the Japanese bus full of women and children that the USS Bowfin torpedoed (I actually visited a museum dedicated to this bus in Okinawa). Oh, well. :) All things, considered, you get to visit a real submarine, to touch things, to sit on gun mounts, and to learn how it was operated. The museum grounds also includes specimens of American and Japanese missiles. An important thing to know is that this is where you buy tickers to the USS Missouri, USS Arizona, and so forth. Come early, because tickets sell out fast.
  • A great step back in time. Watch your step, and your head. It's a bit cramped in here. They take a cute picture of you when you board that is printed for you when you get off. The staff aboard are friendly and happy to answer questions. Be sure to bring your camera.
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