Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Battleship Missouri Memorial
4.5
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 10-million visitors from around the world with a fascinating tour experience showcasing the USS Missouri’s unique place in history. Located a mere ship’s length from the USS Arizona Memorial, the Mighty Mo completes a historical visitor experience that begins with the “day of infamy” and sinking of the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and ends with Japan’s formal surrender aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. The USS Missouri had an astounding career over five decades and three wars – World War II, the Korean War, and Desert Storm – after which it was decommissioned and donated to the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Association operates the Battleship Missouri Memorial as a historic attraction and oversees her care and preservation with the support of visitors, memberships, grants, and donations.
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  • Kristen L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Tour
    We booked this tour last minute and it definitely worth it. We did the optional 25-30 min tour they was included on the battleship. Russell is such a sweet and funny man. I enjoyed listening to him and learning about the battleship. After the tour, we were free to explore the battleship and take pictures. Overall, I would recommend this tour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 August 2023
  • valeriewade1953
    Hurricane, West Virginia1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pearl Harbor Memorial/USS Missouri
    We attempted to get tickets in March for mid-June trip and it was sold out. The website advised that additional tickets would be available at 3pm the day before the visit. I was logged onto the website and when 3pm arrived, I initially couldn't get on the site, but it said there were 75 tickets available in each timeslot. I refreshed by 3:01 but all tickets for ALL time slots were gone. Very disappointing after being logged on and ready to select tickets right at 3. It's difficult to understand how hundreds of tickets were gone in less than a minute. We did get to visit the Aviation Museum and Tower and it was wonderful.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Brown_Samantha
    Kennewick, Washington1,724 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a piece of history - well organized and definitely come early and have lunch afterwards
    We toured the battleship after our early morning visit to the USS Arizona Memorial. There is a free shuttle bus that takes visitors here, and same free return. We left our large bags at the storage facility, and the battleship does not allow large bags/backpacks. Did the self guided tour and sat in on some guided ones when we found the information was interesting. Especially on the Japan surrender signing deck area. We felt we got to see so much of the ship quarters and area, it really was well organized and well done! You could probably spend all day here. It gave us a good sense on how life may have been on the battleship. Good history preserved. We are so grateful. They have a food truck with ample shaded tables & seats that served good food. Got a burger and Hawaiian BBQ plate. Sat by the water and looked at the battleship while we enjoyed a nice lunch after our visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Heidi I
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Family Activity
    This was a great activity for our family. Even our teen daughter did not complain, which is high praise for any educational activity on a vacation! I only wish that the clear bag rule would have been prominently addressed/posted prior to our arrival.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Jason H
    Dallas, Texas2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visiting the "Mighty Mo"
    As an historian, I've always wanted to visit Pearl Harbor. This was my second time, but my first time to visit the USS Missouri. I highly recommend it. Myself and a friend of mine visited it this year as we had visited the USS Arizona memorial in 2022 but did not have enough time to make it to the "Mighty Mo". We walked the tour ourselves and did not choose the guided tour. We both wanted to take our time going through the ship. I walked the entire ship in the parts that were open and took a lot of pictures. It was most interesting. You can see the story of the Missouri from the time she was commissioned until the time she was decommissioned for the second time. There is a lot of history there, including standing on the deck where the Japanese surrendered in 1945. From the deck, you can also still see the damage from a kamikaze attack earlier that year. It is very educational and there is even a section below decks on Japanese kamikaze pilots, for those who are not familiar with them and their tactics during WWII. Again, I did not take a guided tour, but I did happen to walk by a group several time and overheard the guide. He was very great in telling certain stories and giving facts. From what I could ascertain, he had the group very much engaged. If you go in the summer, it will be hot on deck, but don't worry, there's usually always a good breeze going and below decks is air-conditioned. Again, I highly recommend visiting this great piece of our (American) history. Also, visit the gift shop. The ladies working in there (I'm sure their were some gents as well, but I was helped by ladies) are very friendly and asked me multiple times if there was anything I needed help with or if I had any questions. Even our bus driver on the way over there and back was entertaining. I'd say it was overall an excellent adventure. Kudos!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 5 September 2023
  • jwkinard68
    Mills River, North Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was an honor
    Just visited the USS Missouri, and I’m still in awe! What an incredible piece of history. Standing on the Surrender Deck where WWII ended gave me chills… as I looked forward toward the Arizona memorial.
    Visited September 2023
    Written 13 September 2023
  • Alina G
    Germany291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Emotion and history
    I visited the Missouri Battleship in September 2023 and I must say it is a place not to be missed. It is loaded with so much history and emotion that it is downright overwhelming. If you visit Pearl Harbor, choose to visit the Missouri Battleship. You won't be sorry. You will need at least 2 hours to visit the ship and the price per person is $35. This price is only for visiting the ship, if you want to visit other attractions within Pearl Harbor, they involve separate costs.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 September 2023
  • Micheal L
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous History
    I did the Captains Tour as well as the Chief Engineer tour in addition to the general admission ticket and it was well worth the extra time and money! Lani and Evan were the tour guides for my groups and they were very knowledgeable and fun while sharing the long history of the Mighty Mo. If you love history, I highly recommend these tours and the time o-n board.
    Visited September 2023
    Written 19 September 2023
  • Michol B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    We greatly enjoyed visiting the USS Missouri. It was interesting, had great visual impact and gave us a lot of history. My 10 year old loved it but even my 7 year old was excited walking the deck and touring the interior (they were both astounded by the bunk and mess hall areas). Highly recommend a visit as part of the Pearl Harbor experience!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 October 2023
  • LizaB
    Las Vegas, Nevada550 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If you love WWII history, must stop here
    I love WWII history. This is a must stop in Oahu. Recommend the guided tour. After the 35 minute tour, you are able to walk throughout the battleship. It is truly magnificent. The large guns and knowing what they shot at. Enjoyed the surrender deck and the history that occurred there, end of the war.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 December 2023
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Katie L
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
You can walk around self guided and/or take a 30 minute guided tour. There are 3 levels that you can explore on the self guided tour. If it gets too windy, then you won't be allowed to explore the upper areas. We paid $25 more to go on a small group tour that went below deck in areas that you could not go on the self guided tour. It only takes 10 people every hour, so you have to plan a little ahead. They have a marker on the spot that the surrender documents were signed. The gift shop had a lot of items that were not available at the other gift shops. It was really neat to walk around on an actual battleship that was used in conflicts and to learn about how it operated.
Written 28 February 2020
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307leven
Stroudsburg, PA295 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Visited on Friday, Dec. 3rd as part of a bus tour package which limited our time that we could stay. Still, we were able to see most of this Iowa class battleship which included visiting the upper decks and below decks. While there, there was a band playing music in preparation for the 80th anniversary events. The battleship has the designated area where the terms of surrender were signed by Japan. The ship was well preserved, but while touring, you have to be careful walking up and down the steep metal stairs where you can fall or hit your head. Also, it can be windy on the upper decks so make sure your hat is secure. We were there for about 1 1/2 hours, but you can easily spend 2-3 hours if you read all the info. on the displays and exhibits and take a lot of photos. I was impressed with how well preserved the ship was and would recommend a visit during your stay.
Written 19 December 2021
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zippie1969
Chesapeake, VA148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This was part of the rec.gov self guided passport package.
Although the weather was a mess we made the most of our day at Pearl Harbor. Dan gave an amazing tour and shared his passion for the US military including his personal accounts Of the the Missouri and the end of WWII with the surrender treaty signing. He was very considerate of our family’s needs with our older mother who was in a wheelchair. Thank you for a great day.
Written 15 January 2020
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midway42
Georgia3,375 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Moored across from the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri is an Iowa-class battleship with a career that has spanned over 75 years and three wars along with 11 battle stars. The ship was decommissioned in 1992 and donated to its current guarantor, the USS Missouri Memorial Association, in 1998. Along with the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin, and Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, it is one of the main attractions at Pearl Harbor. It was closed and undergoing refurbishment (paint and sealing of leaks) during my first visit to the area in December of 2009. During my current trip, I blocked off an entire day to spend here and it was well worth it.

Access to the ship is on the same shuttle as the Aviation Museum; after purchasing my ticket it was a quick walk and about a 10-minute ride to the site. Given adjustments necessitated by COVID there were no guided tours available but docents were scattered about and as always knowledgeable and friendly. A small pamphlet handed out at the ticket counter described the three main parts of the ship accessible to us: above decks, main deck, and second (below) deck. Most of us started on the main deck where the Kamikaze Deck is the main attraction. Visits to the bow and main gun batteries are a must; the flight deck/stern was not accessible due to a wedding (!). The Surrender Deck was next and clearly a focal point as well. A plaque and instruments of surrender are prominently displayed, and again docents were hovering around able to explain everything in detail. After the main deck, most of us travelled to the second deck where most of the “learning” about the ship and its daily life occurred. Interspersed among exhibits on kamikazes, the building of the ship, and the life of a Chief Petty Office are bunk beds for the sailors, enlisted and officer mess halls, dental facilities, and the post office among innumerable others. A visit above decks completed the tour with the navigation bridge, Tomahawk deck, and Combat Engagement Center being the highlights. Total time spent on site was probably four hours.

Overall, my visit here was a superb experience. Obviously I have an interest in this type of attraction, but this truly is a site that can be appreciated by those with even a passing curiosity. The ship is easy to access from the harbor, it’s relative compactness leads to an efficient visit, and the customer service overall was superb. Even those pressed for time can simply visit the Surrender Deck, Kamikaze Deck, and then quickly run below to get a sense of what life is like for those men and women who serve on board these vessels. It’s an attraction that’s definitely kid-friendly as well; the children I saw seemed to be in awe of the sheer size of the “museum” as the adults listened and read for a more didactic experience.

Choose your phrase: highly recommended, thumbs up, essential visit for history buffs, superb, etc.
Written 4 August 2021
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BlueGoldCoast
Gold Coast40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We had previously seen the Missouri, along with the Arizona Memorial and the Aviation Museum, on a bus tour but wanted to do a longer tour of the Missouri so went again on its own. My tip would be to allow plenty of time - we arrived about midday and were finished just before closing time at 4pm, and needed every bit of that. It is possible to go through quicker, but all the displays were very interesting so we wanted to look at it all. For those interested, a trip to the Missouri is excellent.
Written 9 January 2020
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ChrisH
Frederick, MD524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Two adults visited here on a Thursday in early February and thoroughly enjoyed it. We used the GoOahu card for tickets.

Took one of the free guided tours of the main deck that lasted about 30 minutes. Rest of tour was self-guided both below and above the main deck. Believe you can also rent audio tours of the ship but we didn't have time.

Incredible to be on the ship exactly where WW II was ended and where Japan signed the surrender documents. Lots of history here.
Written 1 March 2020
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Relax303123
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We just visited the USS Missouri, everting was great except it was a very windy day.......over 30 miles per hour. Even with the strong wind we had a good time. Going below deck and seeing sleeping, eating, cooking area was one of the highlights of the tour.
Written 8 January 2020
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Halina P
Olathe, KS42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
It was interesting to see the difference between a battleship and a submarine. Our tour guide did a pretty good job about explaining the history in an fascinating way. However when touring the insides of the ship the fumes were a bit much and could have been better if there was an audio tour. Overall though very informative and impressive!
Written 3 January 2020
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Alina G
Germany291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I visited the Missouri Battleship in September 2023 and I must say it is a place not to be missed. It is loaded with so much history and emotion that it is downright overwhelming. If you visit Pearl Harbor, choose to visit the Missouri Battleship. You won't be sorry.
You will need at least 2 hours to visit the ship and the price per person is $35. This price is only for visiting the ship, if you want to visit other attractions within Pearl Harbor, they involve separate costs.
Written 17 September 2023
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Bill D
22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Touring the Battleship Missouri, site of the Japanese surrender in World War II, is an eye-opening window into an authentic piece of history. The half-hour tour by well-informed staff on the ship was first class. It was moving to stand on the spot where the War was ended. It was also interesting to see the small spaces in which so many people worked.
Written 1 January 2020
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