Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial
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7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A National Historic Landmark, this site consists of five memorials commemorating the events around WWII and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Exploration790881
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautifully Done
    National park is wonderful. The grounds tell the story all while maintaining the beautiful landscape. We did not get to go to the Arizona because the water was too choppy for the boat to run, but still had a wonderful time. Go in the morning if you are able. The winds are calmer and bring a hat! The sun off the water was hot!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Max
    Raleigh, North Carolina29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible history and memorial!
    The United States has done an excellent job honoring those who served, and this memorial is one of the most fantastic memorials I have seen before. The USS Arizona memorial was spectacular and really showed the horrors of war and what these sailors went through. If you visit Honolulu or Hawaii in general, this is a bucket list place that I would recommend everybody to visit. When visiting, remember that this is an active grave for all of the fallen- the rules are taken very seriously.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 June 2023
  • Robert P
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See
    Something every American should see. A moving and comprehensive look at our history and the people who lived it. Plan ahead. On the park service web site you can reserve your boat ride to the Arizona well in advance, and also buy the pass that provides entrance to the memorial site and the Missouri, the submarine museum, and the aircraft museum. Remember the entry for the four memorials and the boat ride to the Arizona are two different transactions. And read the background information since there are protocols that need to be followed- after all it is the military and moreover in the case of the Arizona a gravesite for those sailors who made the ultimate sacrifice. We ubered from our hotel downtown. No need to do a tour and risk not getting to the Arizona itself. Plan on spending the whole day. We spent several hours and still did not see everything. If we ever are lucky enough to get back to Hawaii (a long trip from the East Coast) we will go back and see what we missed. Restaurant 604 next door is a good place to rest and refresh after the long day. Staff at the memorial is very helpful and patient, so don't hesitate to ask if you have questions, although if they see you looking around they will help without being asked. Try to get there early before the crowds build up for a better experience.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2023
  • GrumpyandtheOldLady
    New York City, New York610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent National Park. Be warned: No bags, backpacks, purses, etc, allowed.
    Be warned: You are not allowed to bring bags, backpacks, handbags, diaper bags, camera bags, anything larger than a woman's clutch, etc., into this park! Lockers are outside the entrance and now charge by the bag instead of getting the entire locker to yourself. That being said, This park is well worth the visit. Half of the park is run by the NPS and half is run by a private organization. The part run by the NPS is free and you don't have to pay to visit these areas. You can absolutely enjoy this park without spending additional money. Make sure to visit the exhibits and see the movie by the ferry shuttle line area. There is a separate line for people who only want to see the movie. This is a fantastic park and a Must See.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Elaine A
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A MUST for All Americans
    Didn't make reservations early enough to go the Arizona Memorial but did do the U.S.S. Missouri, which was amazing. If you think about it, WW II started at the Arizona and the Japanese surrendered on the Missouri, which is parked within 100 yards of the Arizona Memorial, which you can see. The Missouri wasn't built when Pearl Harbor was attacked so that's why it's intact today.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Kelly D
    Hilliard, Ohio151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl Harbor Excursion
    We did the Pearl Harbor Excursion from Ko Olin with E Now Tours through Disney's Aulani Resort. It was wonderful. They picked us up right at the resort and took us to the museum and memorial. The driver got us all through security, gave us a brief rundown of where everything was and our tickets for the boat to the USS Arizona and left us to explore on our own. It was beautiful and somber and a definite must see/do in Honolulu.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Rebecca C
    Atlanta, Georgia164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everyone should visit PH and the AZ
    Pearl Harbor National Memorial should be on everyone who visits Oahu list! However, we were surprised this National Memorial doesn’t allow advanced booking until 3pm the day prior to your desired visit date (unless of course, you want to pay $100 or more and book thru a tour vendor.) Tickets sell out in less than one minute, which indicates to me an AI program (likely tour vendors) is running in the background sucking up all available slots. It is worse than trying to score Guardians of the Galaxy ride tickets at Disney World! Personally, I would love to see them open ticket sales 30 days in advance-much like the Library of Congress, etc. does. Someone needs to realize the current system is broken. It is also ashamed that active duty/retired military receive no discount. So many other establishments on Oahu offer it! All that being said, please make an effort to go see this memorial because it will influence your faith and understanding of America’s history. The men and women who are so beautifully remembered here are truly a lost generation! A few tips: Be sure you take a picture of your license plate before leaving your car so you can enter that information at the parking meter. Additionally/pay close attention to high wind warnings because the ferry to the AZ will not operate under those circumstances. Do not bring any bags in as they are not allowed. However, you may bring a bottle of water in-and there is not much shade, so I recommend staying hydrated. Best of luck to all folks who want to experience this gem! I wish many more Americans could see it first hand!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 12 July 2023
  • Vcals
    Holbrook, New York868 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A moving experience.
    This is an absolute must see and do while in Hawaii. Please honor the USS Arizona Memorial as if you are visiting a cemetery as the remains of its sailors still remain interred beneath the water and in the hill of the ship below. It is a moving experience that you will never forget.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Simon
    Tauranga, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl Harbor Experience 👍
    Didn't know what to expect and websites seemed to confuse and complicate. Once on site it became very easy to get around and enjoy the history and understand the signifcance of this event for the world. Didn't need to book anything. Watched the movie and visited USS Arizona Memorial site of Remeberance (via the standby que) A most enjoyable afternoon. Highly recommend. Then drop into bar 604 after to reflect.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 August 2023
  • lljpa
    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice and educational
    I don't know what I was expecting but this visit was worth the 2-3 hours we spent there. From the ferry to the USS Arizona site to the museum, everything was well done. My mother, an army veteran, was impressed.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
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Cryptic_Tourist
Saint Louis, MO967 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I have both wanted to visit Pearl Harbor since we were children and learned about the history that happened here in school. We were not disappointed, the memorial is impressive and very cool to see in person. It was fairly crowded the day we went but I feel that the park manages crowds fairly well. I will say that some of the exhibits get a little cramped and the gift shop also feels tiny for how massive the grounds are.

Just so you guys are aware, while we were waiting for our reservation lighting struck the harbor and they had to delay our sailing over to the USS Arizona by 30 minutes. We were fully loaded on the boat and everything and they made us get off. This is totally controlled by the Navy so don’t be mean to the park rangers if this happens to you. We did eventually end up going, but it was pouring down raining (island weather baby!) and there’s really no where to hide we all got totally soaked lol. Still a great experience getting to see the ship up close. I will say that people were being very disrespectful and laughing and yelling but that’s just how people are now. Don’t expect others to behave, even after they’ve been told multiple times to.
Written 18 May 2024
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ladypanda
Sydney, Australia191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Well worth doing, informative and a humbling experience. The museum and videos were worth viewing. Although I did expect a bigger museum. I didn’t expect the Bowfin submarine and the USS Missouri to be an additional charge, so missed out on that which was disappointing. I should have researched our tour better before selecting it as time didn’t permit us to visit these areas.
The USS Arizona memorial was a humbling experience, you could see sections of the battleship above the water and the oil that is still leaking from the ship.
The Park Rangers, Navy officers and staff were all very friendly.
This should definitely be on your list of places to visit.
Written 13 May 2024
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Braderbunch
Faringdon, UK124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
What a great trip
Very emotional
Really good museums
Arizona memorial a fitting tribute
Staff very helpful and friendly
Written 10 May 2024
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The Traveling Pierogi
World238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
On December 7, 1941, a surprise attack came in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii that brought the United States into World War II. I had the honor of visiting this sacred site, roughly 900 people are interred with the ship underwater. Gas from the ship is still leaking from that unfortunate day. At the time of this posting, one person is still alive from that attack at the age of 102. Some people who survived the attack wanted to be interred with their fellow comrades still in the USS Arizona. It was such a somber place to visit; you only have roughly fifteen minutes at the USS Arizona Memorial. I would recommend making your reservation and selecting your time early so you would not have to wait in the long lines as the day progresses.
Written 4 May 2024
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Jerry S
Fairfax, VA7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Humu was our driver and narrator. He was very knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend this tour. Did a reasonable amount of Honolulu city tour before making our way to Pearl Harbor. Very well organized and everything was on time.
Written 29 April 2024
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Go31704521401
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Awe struck, this is a National Burial place so remember to be respectful. We visited USS Missouri, Bowfin, Aviation Museum and the USS Arizona. This is a very solemn place, Please Respect the grounds. Our grandson thoroughly enjoyed our tours.
Written 13 April 2024
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Andy V
Chattanooga, TN22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This was an amazing experience to see the history of Pearl Harbor. Very sober. The USS Arizona still leaking oil today. Park rangers and staff were very friendly and informative. Put this on your bucket list.
Written 10 April 2024
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NLS222
Appleton, WI61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My family traveled to Oahu as part of a high school music department trip. Our group consisted of teens, school staff, and family members, plus our tour guide. The teens were scheduled to perform on the grounds that morning, so we got there early and were able to watch the flag-raising at 8:00 am. We also had additional time before the performance to check out the USS Bowfin. We walked through the sub. It was interesting, but we didn't do the audio tour or anything like that.
The band and choir students put on a lovely performance featuring a variety of patriotic music and a crowd of more than just the family members of our group gathered to listen.
Once the performance was finished, we were free to roam the park and check out the museum exhibits, etc. Since we were unable to secure tickets for the USS Arizona the day before, we had to sign up for the standby line. There was a wait, but it wasn't terrible. We were able to board the second boat from the time we got into the line. The park rangers in charge of the boat lines seemed cranky.
Once we got on the boat, the park rangers and military personnel gave very concise directions on the procedures for visiting the memorial and reminded everyone to keep in mind that we were visiting a memorial and that we should keep our voices low.
When we arrived at the memorial, we walked all the way to the back where the wall of names of the lost servicemen is. We heard a brief presentation and then were allowed to look around at the rest of the site. Our tour guide had recommended that we wear the flower leis we received when we first arrived in Hawaii to the memorial so we could honor the fallen by releasing the flowers into the water. It was the most meaningful part of my visit. One of the park rangers snipped the lei string and then we could release our flowers into the water. The rangers then took our strings to dispose of properly.
Once we returned from the USS Arizona, my family and I explored the museum and other parts of the grounds. The exhibits were informative and interesting, but I did feel like the gift shop seemed a little disrespectful for what is supposed to serve as an important memorial. There were educational books and other items that seemed appropriate, but there were also a lot of silly little tchotchkes that would be better sold at other gift shops. There was also a jewelry stand on the premises, which also seemed highly inappropriate.
While elements of the visit disappointed me, I am overall happy that I got the opportunity to go. The park felt far more touristy than it should have.
Written 31 March 2024
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Tofurry
Renton, WA1,069 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Prior to arriving in Oahu, I had bought online tickets for the 2:15pm boat to the Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial. However, I wanted to go earlier so the day before, at 3pm, more time slots opened up and we were able to get the 8:45am slot. The tickets book up extremely quickly ($1pp) but we noticed that when we were there, most people on standby were allowed on the boat anyway. Maybe it is because March is a slower season.

The Pearl Harbor National Memorial is very powerful, even without going to the Arizona Memorial. There are shows to watch, a museum to walk through, and monuments along the waterfront. Take the time to experience it all.

There are other museums and memorials you can add on while you are here. If you have the National Parks Passport book, be sure to bring it as there are stamps. There is also a Junior Ranger booklet you can work on if you want.

There is a fee for parking. You are not allowed to bring bags unless it is a clear bag. We were allowed in with a clear backpack. In it, we just had plastic water bottles, wallets and my National Park Passport book.
Written 27 March 2024
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Camper07017179743
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We went on the E Noa Tours Salute to Pearl Harbor Tour. It was really interesting and powerful. In addition to traveling out to the memorial to see the wreckage of the USS Arizona, there was a walk-through museum, 26-minute film presentation, as well as an excellent tour bus driver (in our case) named Humu Humu - not only was he entertaining, he also shared a lot about local Hawaiian history, culture and even a bit of music. At the harbor there is a gift shop, small snack shop, bathrooms and then optional other tours/experiences you can purchase. We did the virtual reality video from the American point of view but there were many other options of videos to choose from. You could also tour the USS Missouri, and this huge submarine as well. There is also a self-paced audio tour of things at the harbor you can purchase if you want a self-guided tour of the museum, statues and relics. 10/10 recommend!
Written 25 March 2024
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