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US Army Museum of Hawaii

2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
+1 808-955-9552
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a great free museum

we walked past this museum and thought we would drop in. we were very glad we did. we spent about... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
Wonderful for history buffs

My 12 year old son is a history buff. We all loved the museum. Low key, but lots of meaningful... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lisa R
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The museum and the museum store are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum is free to all. The U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii is under the direction of the U.S. Army Center of Military History and receives well over 100,000 visitors a year. tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. Parking is available directly across from the museum. Validation for a reduced parking fee is available at the welcome desk. Constructed from 1909 to 1911, this Coastal Artillery Battery protected Oahu with its two 14-inch disappearing guns. The battery was built so well that it was unable to be torn down in the early 1970's to make way for the military's Hale Koa Hotel. The battery was turned into a museum in 1976 and begins with early Hawaiian warfare and covers every major military event in the Pacific theater of operations through Vietnam. The Gallery of Heroes honors Hawaii's soldiers who have received our nation's highest awards: the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hawaii Army Museum Society, also known by its acronym, HAMS, was organized by several former military veterans and patriotic members of the Honolulu community. HAMS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to support the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii. HAMS is a non-federal entity. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no government status.
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2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
+1 808-955-9552
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

we walked past this museum and thought we would drop in. we were very glad we did. we spent about 30 minutes wandering through the rooms in the old bunker. we would have stayed longer but our young children were keen to keep moving to...More

Thank Lozman26
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My 12 year old son is a history buff. We all loved the museum. Low key, but lots of meaningful exhibits.

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Thorough introduction to army involvement historically. Great variety of things to look at! Good displays and rooftop exhibit.

Thank Matilda E
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Great place to learn about the role of Hawaii in the wars over the years. Brilliant exhibits and story boards to inform visitors of the heroics and history of the men and women of Hawaii during times of conflict. Don't miss it.

Thank Steve D
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Recommend this activity during your stay in Honolulu as something different to shopping and beaches. Really well done with each successive room dedicated to the next war fought by Hawaiians over the centuries.

Thank LenaDunn
Reviewed 15 August 2017

A very interesting display of WWII history. Great exhibits with lots of military hardware. Cool to be in the actual shore defense building.

Thank Darren M
Reviewed 14 August 2017

We came across the museum by accident and decided to pop in. So glad that we did. There is a great deal to see and the way in which exhibits are laid out and displayed makes for an interesting and enjoyable visit. You only need...More

Thank dyneyboy
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Free, excellent hosts and artifacts displayed well. The grounds are nice and on the beach. Parking across the street, but kind of expensive. If you get there early you can find spots available on side streets.

Thank PTDreamer
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This museum is entry by a donation and is well laid out, interesting displays and very clean. I found it very interesting and informative. The gift shop has some very interesting items for sale. Staff are friendly.

Thank sueandjim78
Reviewed 10 August 2017

some interesting displays in an old fort, good for an hour for families, best of all = its free and in easy walking distance from many Waikiki hotels

Thank Ralf J
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