Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum

Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of the principal Pearl Harbor Historic Sites, our unique interactive museum is located in the battlefield hangers of historic Ford Island which were attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy on December 7, 1941, the beginning of WWII. Aircraft, such as a Japanese Zero and the Stearman in which former President George H.W. Bush soloed as the war's youngest aviator, illustrate how aviation helped stem the war. You'll view historic videos, including a movie of the beginning of the war. Enjoy the authentic gift shop, 1940s themed Laniakea Cafe, and our state-of-the-art 360 degree combat flight simulators. The mission of Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is to steward America’s first aviation battlefield of World War II sharing the artifacts, personal stories, the impact and response to the December 7, 1941 attack and the Pacific region battles that followed, honoring those who have defended our freedom so we might educate and inspire future generations.
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  • J E
    Austin, Texas2,758 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum loved the Bob Hope exhibit
    This is one of the museums you can visit while at Pearl Harbor. You must take a free bus there from the main area. It cost around $28 per person. This was my favorite of the three. Mainly because of the Bob Hope exhibit. I like many of the planes as well but the Bob Hope exhibit was unique. They also have a diner in the museum. Plus, you can do some add-ons were you get to do virtual reality. I would highly recommend people visit this place while they are at Pearl Harbor.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 December 2023
  • Canuck On The Road
    Severn Township, Canada49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome
    We had missed the museum last year, and heard fellow travels raving about it. Returning to Honolulu, we booked the museum and tower tour. Let me say, the air traffic tower tour was the highlight and our guide Tom brought history alive, we came away with more knowledge and respect for the Greatest Generation. The view is spectacular. Added advantage is the elevator and while I was apprehensive about climbing two flights of stairs to the top, it was easy. The museum is well laid out and tells the story of December 7, 1941 well. The aircraft are remarkable and please go to Hanger 79 to see restoration of WWII planes in progress. We had lunch in the cafeteria-well run and great food. I would like to add that the people at the museum are wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Tom at the Tower - Mahola Tom from one history buff to another.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 January 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota4,966 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Collection of Military Aircraft from WWII and Beyond at Ford Field
    The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is located on Ford Island and is well worth touring as part of a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Monument. Numerous aircraft are on display including vintage aircraft from WWII and fighter planes from the Korean, Viet Nam and Gulf wars. Visit Hangar 79 where you can still see the bullet holes in the windows from the attack on December 7, 1941. You can easily spend 2 hours or longer looking at all there is to see and experience at the museum. You need to board a free shuttle from near the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to get out to Ford Field. Make sure to pick up the audio tour that is included with admission. The Pearl Harbor visitor center and museums are free, but you need a separate ticket to enter the Aviation Museum. Same goes for the USS Missouri and the USS Bowfin Submarine. It costs $25.99 for the Aviation Museum, or you can purchase a Passport to Pearl Harbor pass for $89.99 that includes all 3. This pass doesn't actually save you any money when visiting the 3 sites although it also includes an audio tour of the visitor center and a virtual reality experience which I thought was worthwhile. There is now the option of riding to the top of the Ford Island Control Tower for a bird's eye view of Pearl Harbor. The cost is an extra $20.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Parris
    San Clemente, California737 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A special day learning about WWll invasion of Pearl Harbor.
    We had been to Pearl Harbor before but we had not visited the Air Museum. We decided to see that and take the tower tour. We bought our tickets at the visitor center at Pearl Harbor then took the shuttle to the museum. We were extremely fortunate because Ford ( A docent) was giving a tour that we joined. He told us about every aircraft in the museum and stories relating to events that happened that day. Ford brought that day to life for us as we listened to him. I’m guessing maybe he was giving a hanger tour? I’m not sure but if I return I will inquire about his services. When you arrive we watched a 12 min video about Dec 7, 1941. The museum has two hangers to visit and some other aircraft out side to see up close. We really enjoyed our time here. If you are interested in history this is a must visit site.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
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Frenchgirl
Swanzey, NH319 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Very basic museum, considering how critical the history is and how many visitors come to Pearl Harbor. Nice selection of planes, and some nice signage giving information about their use and periods. We did not take a tour, because my husband is extraordinarily well-versed, but we did get some really great info from one of the docents. That made the trip worth it. Signage between buildings and in the buildings was horrid, though. A trail of crumbs would have helped more than the official signs!
Written 29 April 2024
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Andrew H
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This shore excursion arranged by our cruise company was excellent. Visited tower and museum. Guides were some of the best we have experienced, Provided meal was very good. Highly recommended.
Written 28 April 2024
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Rob B
London, UK11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Being an aviation/ military history fanatic this was number 1 on my list for visiting Honolulu. I had a faf on my phone getting my ticket up but the wifi is good if you have a non-US SIM card like me.

The first hangar has limited exhibits however the pacific war exhibits were fab! My favourite was the Zero as I’ve never ever seen one before in person (being British were only used to seeing German planes in museums on the Axis side).
I do think there should be more information billboards or posters to shower more information on some exhibits, the P-40 hanging on the ceiling for example I couldn’t easily see the story of the two that got airborne during the attack. The gift shop is good but a little pricey. We didn’t buy any food as it looked pricey and we didn’t go on the simulator but it looked quite good.

The parked up planes outside were my favourite bit as there’s no F-14s in Europe and I was like a kid in a candy shop walking around it. That being said, there were not information billboards against every aircraft (I always like to know the airframes history and a bit about the type information), the aircraft were also not very well maintained and clearly are left outside all year by the weathering.

Hangar 79 was the most disappointing part. It’s just a bunch of aircraft bits thrown together and very limited information. The best bit in the B-17E wreck although this didn’t even mention the types participation in the attack which is strange. I was expecting some more displays and the other Dauntless to be out on display and not sat behind all the bits of parts in the background.

Shuttle bus around the site is very frequent and convenient.
Written 19 April 2024
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Kate S
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
As we toured the PHAM museum, we were quietly mumbling questions and curiosities as we read through the material at each installation. Alex came up to us to answer our questions, and he ended up spending 45-minutes talking us through the pre-WWII Historical conflicts in the Pacific. We learned more in 45-minutes with Alex than we had in our entire lives! Alex made this trip truly thought provoking and meaningful, so thank you to him!
Written 15 April 2024
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Alistair B
Delta, Canada41,422 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I came here after booking my Tour reservation directly off their Website on Wednesday February 21 2024.I was a bit apprehensive but it was easy I took the Local 42 Bus that takes you right there i there around 10 AM Thursday February 22 2024.I was impressed by The array of Aircraft they had a Curtis P 40 War Hawk,The Mitsubishi A6M Zero a Japanese Carrier Fighter Aircraft that like it's similar looking German Radial Engine Counterpart The Focke -Wulf FW 190A was a nasty surprise to Allied Fighter Pilots when it first showed up.Other Cool Planes like a Grumman Wildcat & Jets outside like The F-86 Sabre,F4 Phantom,F-15 Eagle,Mig 21 etc.If you're into Aircraft you will like this Exhibit.Added bonus I also saw some Lockheed F-22 Raptors Air Superiority Fighters doing some training exercises turns,rolls & dives overheard of The Pearl Harbor Area that was cool sight to witness.So would I recommend visiting this Aviation Museum..YES! 👍
Written 22 February 2024
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Michael J
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum (PHAM) has a pair of aces up its sleeve:

1) A clear, intense narrative: Although there are plenty of more modern aircraft, at its core PHAM tells the history of the Asia-Pacific War, which makes so much sense because aircraft were key to this war, whether reconnaissance, transport, or attack. The Flying Tigers in China, the devastating first wave of Japanese "Kates" on 7 Dec, Doolittle's Mitchells, the cascade of SPD Dauntlesses plummeting at 250 knots toward Japanese carriers at Midway; it's a blood-pumping story, and although the scale of battle can be hard to imagine, the planes put the human element in perspective.

2) Private tours: Generally, we haven't booked private tours at museums (it can be pricey, especially for a family)--but at $10 apiece you'd be missing out to pass on this. Like the difference between a display of musical instruments versus a front-row concert seat, our guide completely brought the museum alive for us. We had three generations present, ages 9 to 76, and Steve was so engaging he had all of us asking questions or opening our eyes wide at the details he shared, both in the main gallery and in the restoration space. As soon as he finished we all knew we'd experienced something special. Absolutely a highlight of our time in Oahu.
Written 5 February 2024
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Parris
San Clemente, CA737 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had been to Pearl Harbor before but we had not visited the Air Museum. We decided to see that and take the tower tour. We bought our tickets at the visitor center at Pearl Harbor then took the shuttle to the museum. We were extremely fortunate because Ford ( A docent) was giving a tour that we joined. He told us about every aircraft in the museum and stories relating to events that happened that day. Ford brought that day to life for us as we listened to him. I’m guessing maybe he was giving a hanger tour? I’m not sure but if I return I will inquire about his services. When you arrive we watched a 12 min video about Dec 7, 1941. The museum has two hangers to visit and some other aircraft out side to see up close. We really enjoyed our time here. If you are interested in history this is a must visit site.
Written 25 January 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,966 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum is located on Ford Island and is well worth touring as part of a visit to the Pearl Harbor National Monument. Numerous aircraft are on display including vintage aircraft from WWII and fighter planes from the Korean, Viet Nam and Gulf wars. Visit Hangar 79 where you can still see the bullet holes in the windows from the attack on December 7, 1941. You can easily spend 2 hours or longer looking at all there is to see and experience at the museum. You need to board a free shuttle from near the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to get out to Ford Field. Make sure to pick up the audio tour that is included with admission. The Pearl Harbor visitor center and museums are free, but you need a separate ticket to enter the Aviation Museum. Same goes for the USS Missouri and the USS Bowfin Submarine. It costs $25.99 for the Aviation Museum, or you can purchase a Passport to Pearl Harbor pass for $89.99 that includes all 3. This pass doesn't actually save you any money when visiting the 3 sites although it also includes an audio tour of the visitor center and a virtual reality experience which I thought was worthwhile. There is now the option of riding to the top of the Ford Island Control Tower for a bird's eye view of Pearl Harbor. The cost is an extra $20.
Written 15 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Canuck On The Road
Severn Township, Canada49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had missed the museum last year, and heard fellow travels raving about it. Returning to Honolulu, we booked the museum and tower tour. Let me say, the air traffic tower tour was the highlight and our guide Tom brought history alive, we came away with more knowledge and respect for the Greatest Generation. The view is spectacular. Added advantage is the elevator and while I was apprehensive about climbing two flights of stairs to the top, it was easy. The museum is well laid out and tells the story of December 7, 1941 well. The aircraft are remarkable and please go to Hanger 79 to see restoration of WWII planes in progress. We had lunch in the cafeteria-well run and great food. I would like to add that the people at the museum are wonderful, friendly and knowledgeable. Special shout out to Tom at the Tower - Mahola Tom from one history buff to another.
Written 5 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

J E
Austin, TX2,758 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is one of the museums you can visit while at Pearl Harbor. You must take a free bus there from the main area. It cost around $28 per person. This was my favorite of the three. Mainly because of the Bob Hope exhibit. I like many of the planes as well but the Bob Hope exhibit was unique. They also have a diner in the museum. Plus, you can do some add-ons were you get to do virtual reality. I would highly recommend people visit this place while they are at Pearl Harbor.
Written 14 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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