Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial
4.5
Historic SitesNational ParksHistory Museums
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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  • Karen W
    Forbes, Australia15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    My husband and I traveled from Australia specifically to visit pearl harbour as it was his request to visit as a celebration of his 60th birthday. We had a wonderful time visiting this historically significant place and were very impressed with how it was presented. The rangers were all very welcoming and polite. We had pre purchased the passport and Arizona memorial tickets online. We found the audio tour narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis very interesting and a good way to learn more. The trip out to the Arizona memorial was well organised and the memorial itself very moving. So much respect has been shown to the fallen servicemen. We visited mighty Mo, this would be the highlight of our day as we were fortunate to have Neil as our guide who gave us so much insight into the history of the Missouri with a personal input. We greatly appreciated the tour given by Neil. So very moving, I may have pretended to dab perspiration from my cheeks. A very humbling experience
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2023
  • CathyRodriguez13
    Hamilton, Michigan3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exciting and Somber At The Same Time!
    We bought tickets to the USS Arizona Memorial online and didn’t go with a tour group. We enjoyed being on our own wandering the park and spending as much time as we wanted at each building. The USS Arizona Memorial itself was so interesting - we even saw some oil bubbling up to the surface yet - after 80 years! Very interesting and somber! Highly recommended!!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 April 2023
  • caribbean_beach_lover
    Hamilton, Michigan4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exciting and Somber and Emotional
    We had a beautiful morning at Pearl Harbor. We bought our own tickets and didn’t use a tour group which turned out great. We walked around the area and took our time in each building - and then took the boat ride out to the memorial over the USS Arizona. Very moving experience and highly recommended for young and old - whether you are into history or not, this was a very emotional experience. We even witnessed some of the oil bubbling up yet from the vessel after 80+ years!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 25 April 2023
  • trainsdoc
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl Harbor Experience
    a very emotional tour of the Arizona Memorial, followed by an excellent walking tour of the USS Missouri and the air museum. Unfortunately we were physically unable to navigate through the USS Bowfin submarine. The driver from Aloha Sunshine Tours, Jorge, was very knowledgeable about not only the Pearl Harbor Museum and all of the displays, but he presented a wonderful Hawaiian history lesson that was greatly appreciated.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 26 April 2023
  • Jack A
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very worthwhile tour.
    Very worthwhile trip even though the wind was too strong to make it out to the Arizona memorial. Tour guide Karma was very knowledgeable and shared interesting facts about Honolulu. Even played his guitar and sang while we waited for people to come back to the bus. We wanted to see this since both of our fathers were in World War II. Both had specific memories of hearing of the attack on the radio that Sunday morning.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Glenn and Terri H
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful History Lesson and Sobering experience
    Definitely an all day experience if you want to take in more than the visitor's center and the USS Arizona Memorial. Just those 2 were 3 hours but the cheapest option. Suggest you get your reservations for the Arizona in advance as tickets are not always available. The memorial was sobering as you are above the resting place of many servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice. We also visited the Bowfin submarine and the Aviation museum - both are additional charges; also ate lunch there so the day was expensive. It would be boring for children unfortunately so I wouldn't suggest spending additional money for a family.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 18 May 2023
  • Diane H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl Harbor
    Excellent all day trip. Kimoke’o took us to Pearl Harbor. Our first stop was the USS Missouri. After that we went to the Aviation Museum. In the afternoon, we were able to go to the Arizona Memorial. During the entire day, Kimoke’o gave knowledgeable information about the happenings on December 7, 1941.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 19 May 2023
  • 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 Carolina8 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
    30 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
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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, TN4 contributions
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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, WI40 contributions
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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, WA1,078 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
1 contribution
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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Meegsman
Madison, WI388 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's a memorial to a terrible day. Facilities are nice and the park-like environment is beautiful. Arizona memorial boat ride and experience is humbling and powerful. If in HNL, it's nearly a must-do to appreciate what happened and the cost it imparted.
Written 25 March 2024
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angeleyes27
Brigantine, NJ5,203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
I would recommend making reservations through the National Park Service although they do have a standby line. You must pay a fee to park. You can’t take in any bags. We came when they opened an hour before our boat to the memorial so we could see the movie. The movie explained the attack well and I think it was better than the one they had 12 years ago. The memorial itself is a fitting tribute to all those that sadly lost their lives here. The museum and film are good as are the memorials. Gift shop is a bit high priced.
Written 21 March 2024
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Elena M
Corona, United States20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very humbling experience. Tons of great information, the museums and videos are all well worth the time spent. Make a reservation ahead of time.
Written 20 March 2024
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Lisa J
Plant City, FL762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We were there with a tour group and we only had a hour and a half in the park and thats not a lot of time to see everything. We saw the Arizona and the museum that goes with it but did not see the movie but I heard it was good. The only thing I did not like was you have to use an app to scedule a time for the Arizona. There were a lot of people very frustrated with it and when you get your time and you walk up to the entrance they put you in a line to wait. But it does go fast and they move people to the site very quickly. We also got to see the submarine and its museum, they both were very good. This is an active military base and most of the people working there are military so its very structured. If you decide to go dont go with a tour, they just do not give you enough time to see everything.
Written 18 March 2024
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Patricia J
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Always makes you appreciate the sacrifice made by others.
If you have not been make it be on your top 5 of your bucket list.
Written 17 March 2024
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