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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  • Vcals
    Holbrook, New York880 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
  • Megan F
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Experience...make your reservations in advance
    Make sure to book reservations at recreation.gov 8 weeks in advance. If you don't, you'll be fighting for reservations, every day at 3pm for the next day. They no longer do the movie prior to visiting the memorial, but we did have a great intro story from one of the staff. The memorial itself is just as touching and emotional as always. It's great experience to bring children and teens to raise awareness and teach some history.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • llccCanada
    Vancouver, Canada74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Reserve ahead; no need for tour - read ranger tips!
    The Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial is part of a larger site that includes separate museums not run by the US National Park Service but by a separate organization. As such, the $1 reservation fee at the parks website only covers the USS Arizona Memorial portion. When you make the reservation, it tells you to be there 1 hour ahead of the time; however, this is a bit misleading. You actually only can line-up for your boat ride 10 minutes before your reservation time. There is a short ~20 minute film but you can watch this before or after your boat ride (it starts at the 15 min / 45 min each hour). The mandatory talk is in a separate theatre where a park ranger goes over the safety instructions/rules for the boat ride. The boat ride out to the memorial is nice and relatively short. The ships are all piloted by active Navy members and everything is organized and smooth running. I do think being there earlier is safer. There are some small museums you can peruse first and then also walk along the harbour. Make sure you read the ranger tips on the parks website - it tells you exactly what you can bring in and specifies that there are no bags allowed. The lockers always have a line up so it's easiest just to not bring one.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 August 2023
  • Carene O
    28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful.
    Oh my goodness. This is absolutely a must do, but maybe not with small kids. No need to book a special tour - just use the recreation.gov site. Book early. Arrive early. Walk through the exhibits at the visitors center. Pay attention to the portraits at the beginning of the indoor exhibit. You’ll be glad you did at the end. The park ranger told a very emotional story before we boarded the boat. The actual memorial is like nothing I have ever experienced. Remember. Honor. Understand.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Karen A
    Bodrum City, Türkiye90 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent Memorial
    A must do. Get there early for a few reasons. Parking will be easier and the boat which goes to the Arizona memorial may not get cancelled. Mine did as the winds picked up in the afternoon. Definitely do the film first which gives you the full history. If you don’t manage to get tickets for Arizona memorial on line there is a standby queue and there’s a boat leaving every 15 minutes, you can also get tickets on arrival. The battleship Missouri was $35 but worth it. Plan for the best part of the day to enjoy everything is about 5 hours
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 September 2023
  • JocP
    120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    No advance ticket? Go anyway!
    Because we did not book our tickets waaaaay in advance, I had to rely on the system of booking them beginning at 3 pm the day before we desired to visit. At 3 pm, on the day prior, I was in an aisle in Walmart. I parked my cart out of the way, logged into the site on my phone and tried to book tickets. In under 30 seconds, two time slots filled up. I nervously grabbed the next available time and booked our tickets. Phew! I felt like I was trying to go see a Talyor Swift concert. On the day of our visit, we got to Pearl Harbor early and headed straight for the boat ride to the Arizona. I noticed a group of people in a "stand by" section. I went up to the usher, who asked what time our tickets were for, did not ask to see them, and invited us to board early. After such hard work getting our tickets, I wanted someone to scan them! So, my advice is, if you didn't manage to get tickets, go anyway, your chances of getting on the boat are very good. Also know that it is an additional cost to visit the submarine docked there. And, I paid $10 to check my purse. I should have just left it under the seat in the car and been $10 ahead.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Alina G
    Germany291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotion and history
    This is a place you cannot miss. It is a place full of emotion and full of history. You can't come to Hawaii and not visit the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Also, be prepared to spend a whole day visiting Pearl Harbor, especially if you want to visit all the attractions. The recommendation is to come in the morning to have time to visit all the attractions until the end of the visiting program.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Beverly A F
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Giving Honor
    This place is humbling. The thought of thousands of men buried at sea and burning for several days because it was too hot to attempt rescue makes one think twice about the value of a human life. When you go there you just want to be still and honor the dead. Because I was honoring lost souls at sea, no pictures are shown.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
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RachE
Queenstown, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We visited as a family of x4. After doing some research on how to get tickets & whether to go with a tour package option, we decided to purchase online the passport ticket - which gives you a timed access to the Arizona & then you can visit the Missouri (Mo) & the sub.
Kids enjoyed the tour - we opted for the audio option & it was well worth it.
We spent nearly the whole day there as you want to allow plenty of time to wander round the museum & the visit to Mo as it’s a short trip via bus.
A definite must do!
Written 26 January 2020
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sallywv
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Visited this site in November and were fortunate enough to be there after some completed renovations so we could visit. The ranger was very informative and the whole site was very well done. Tickets are free and you can reserve a time to visit on time for $1 or just arrive and see when you can get in. They only allow so many at a time to go to the site. Tours usually cost $50 but that is for transportation only to and from but if you take public transportation you can get there for a couple dollars and see a little of the city at the same time. Found this all on the internet since the concierge wasn't very helpful. So if you have the time take public transportation but if you have minimum time hire a taxi or uber.
Written 12 February 2020
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Kirk E
East Lyme, CT211 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
Very inspiring. A "must see" if you visit Oahu. The recreation.gov website is horrible, and not intuitive. Viewing the USS Arizona is free, but the audio tour is pretty good (for a nominal fee), so consider purchasing it. We were not informed to do start the Arizona audio tour prior to taking the boat shuttle, and that was a mistake by the personnel there. Keep in mind that the Arizona Memorial tickets do sell out, so buy them 60 days in advance or register at the recreation.gov website and purchase them 24 hours in advance, but get on their website promptly at 7:00 am when the next day's ticket block becomes available. The "passport" package does require a full day to see all the museums/exhibits. The docents aboard the USS Missouri were also very informative. We spent a lot of time on the Missouri, so we didn't have enough time to see the Bowfin our the aircraft museum, so we'll return. If you see everything and want to see it thoroughly, it does take most of the day. We highly recommend this memorial.
Written 27 January 2020
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Tupelo010835
Denton, TX1,938 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
While individual tickets are available on the day of tour for the Arizona Memorial, I recommend purchasing the Passports Package in advance of your visit. There are only about 140 available within each time slot and they aren’t available until 60 days (double check me on the exact window) prior. I got on line at the precise time tickets went on sale and got the ones I wanted for the time I wanted.
Just for the heck of it I went back about 10 hours later and there were only 4 available.
Checkout the website for more info.
Written 22 February 2020
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sabrinak136
New Orleans, LA1,481 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
There are many places to visit on Oahu but I knew no visit to this Island would be complete for me without taking the journey to Pearl
Harbor. I wanted my son to step upon the USS Arizona, a memorial to those who died at Pearl Harbor and have some understanding that freedom is not free. There are many men and women who sacrifice for us each day.
Our journey to the USS Arizona was very organized due to the half day tour we took with Aloha Pearl Harbor Tours. Our pickup time was at 7:00am to ensure that we would beat the crowds and that is what happened. We had an opportunity to listen as The Star Spangled Banner was played prior to the opening tour of the day. Upon our arrival we had an opportunity to visit two museums dedicated to providing information about December 7, 1941 and a visit to the gift shop prior to our 9:30 tour. Unfortunately, they did not show the film that is normally seen prior to visiting the USS Arizona. I assume this is due to Covid19 protocol. Preparing to take the voyage across to the memorial was orderly and swift. Please note that no large outside bags are allowed in the park. They must be placed in rented lockers. I decided to carry a small clear bag which was sufficient. The boat ride over was quick and quiet because those visiting knew that this is a place that pays homage to people who are worthy of our utmost respect. Upon arrival most people slowly made their way to see the wall of names of those who perished as a result of the attack. It is a moment that I really cannot describe in words but one that should be experienced to understand the magnitude.
I engaged in many activities while visiting Oahu however, my visit to the USS Arizona is one that will remain dear to my heart for a lifetime. I am feeling Grateful for the journey and thankful to all who serve and have served in the United States Military.
Written 31 July 2021
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John S
Kapolei, HI137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took our visitors who had never been to O'ahu to see the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. HINT: Go in the early afternoon after the tourist rush slows down. Get your "timed tickets" HOWEVER, there is an "over flow" line where you can get on an earlier shuttle boats if there is room.

Don't forget to add time to visit the free museums. There is cafe dining and souvenir stores. The "For Pay" tours are to the Bowfin WWII submarine, Missouri Battleship, and the Ford Island air museum. If you are really interested in these kinds of tours, feel free...they're not! With all the free things at the area, we suggest you stick with that.

Please take time to check out the memorials to the submarine circle of plaques in the outdoor area. I find that exhibit one of the most moving parts of the area. The stories and sacrifices of the U.S. U-boat sailors is something we all should remember.

Remember, you cannot take purses or bags into the memorial area. Hide these items out of sight in your vehicle.

Have a great visit!
Written 9 February 2020
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kaj09
Livingston, LA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is a must do when visiting Oahu! We just visited July 14, 2021. Thanks to another reviewer, we decided to try the standby line to visit the Memorial since we were not successful in reserving tickets online in advance. They release about 40 tickets to each time slot the afternoon before at 3:00p.m. However, those tickets sold out in mere seconds after logging in before 3:00p.m and refreshing my browser right at 3:00! Reserve your tickets online as soon as you book your trip! We took the advice of another and arrived earlier in the morning around 9:45 and were able to get in the standby line where we waited for maybe 1hr 15minutes to get in. I'd say the earlier you go the better your chances are of getting in quicker. They run two boats out to the memorial every 15 minutes until 12:00 (I think) and then it's just one boat every 30 minutes until they get back from lunch, so the earlier you go the less time you spend being worked into the time slot that people don't show up for and the better chance you have for getting a parking spot. We went on a Wednesday right before 10:00 and had no problem finding a parking spot. If you do happen to reserve tickets, do NOT show up a minute late or they will make you get in the standby line with everyone else. When you first enter you want to head to the left where the standby line starts by the bell and follows along the walkway. If you do have tickets you just walk up to the beginning of the line where the park rangers are and they will line you up separate from the stand by people.
You can purchase tickets to tour the USS Missouri, the aviation museum, and the Bowfin submarine when you get there. The memorial is the only thing you have to reserve a time slot for or enter the standby line. It will take hours to do all of the sites, so plan to be there a while if you do all three. We enjoyed the visitor center museums and simply going out on the memorial. With the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet going on right across the street we were crunched for time trying to make both, so we did not visit the other historic sites. FYI: the swap meet is opened on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays! It's definitely a must do for souvenir items!
Written 20 July 2021
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Robert B
Saint Louis, MO136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
A great experience for all, and you can really spend a day here, especially if you tour the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri and the submarine, the USS Bowfin. Parking is free and so is entrance into the Pearl Harbor Memorial, so the only things that cost are the visits to the Arizona, Missouri and Bowfin. You'll come away with more knowledge about the beginning the middle and the end of the US involvement in WWII Pacific than you had before...promise! You are only allowed a very small purse or fanny pack (ie. 4" x 6") inside, but you can rent a Locker for larger purses or backpacks. On the day of our visit, January 12, the active aircraft carrier USS Lincoln was in port, so seeing that was a special bonus.
Written 18 January 2020
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Nonie Burchfiel... B
Clarksville, TN203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
A somber place of reflection. The highlight was the trip to the memorial site. Tickets are available on-line, make a reservation. Only a limited number of people are allowed to go each day. If you don’t have a ticket, go to the ticket counter, first thing in the morning, walk up tickets may be available but are given out quickly.
Written 22 January 2020
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Lengtan67
Kuala Lumpur1,177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
To avoid disappoint, reserve ticket online esepcially during Covid 19 limiting the number of visitors.

Full access to all sites is USD 89 but the Visitor Center and Park is free admission but yet there is an area where we can watch a video on moments of the very day attack.

Bags or backbags are disallowed into the park and have to be stored at USD 6 at the Storage Counter.

Bus 20 will take us directly there but when returning to Waikiki, we will have to go to the main road as the returning bus doesn't go in for pickup.
Written 6 March 2022
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