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Pearl Harbor Historic Sites

The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites consist of the USS Arizona Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, and the Pacific Aviation Museum – Pearl Harbor. These memorials and historic entities at Pearl Harbor are the caretakers of several of our national treasures.

The USS Arizona is the final resting place for 1,177 members of the battleship’s crew who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial continues to honor and commemorate all members of the Armed Forces of the United States who gave their lives to their country during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Info.: ph. 808-422-3300 or visit www.nps.gov/usar/

The Pacific Aviation Museum – Pearl Harbor occupies the WWII hangars and control tower on Ford Island that still bear the scars as our nation’s first aviation battlefield. The museum gives visitors a front row seat to the Pacific Theater, presenting aircraft and their stories, and illustrating how aviation turned the tide of the war. The museum and ticket office, located on Ford Island, are open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Info.: ph. 808-441-1000 or visit www.pacificaviationmuseum.org

The last U.S. battleship ever built and the last in service, the USS Missouri, is best known as the site of Japan’s World War II surrender that brought history’s most devastating war to a close. Today, decommissioned from service and under the tireless care of the non-profit USS Missouri Memorial Association, she continues her service as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a powerful educational tool for present and future generations, and an ever-watchful sentinel over her fallen comrade, the USS Arizona. The memorial is open Daily 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (extended hours in Summer), closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Info.: 808-455-1600 or toll-free at 1-877-644-4896 or visit www.ussmissouri.org

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park is dedicated to the sacrifice of more than 3,500 submarine personnel lost in World War II. This gallant band of brothers, comprising less than two percent of the U.S. Navy, sank more than 5.5 million tons (55 percent) of enemy shipping, while sustaining losses of 52 submarines that remain on Eternal Patrol. Info.: ph. 808-422-1341 or visit www.bowfin.org

The Pearl Harbor Historic Partners are committed to protecting the integrity of their historic sites and artifacts and encouraging visitation and exploration of each memorial and museum so that future generations may understand the sacrifices, innovation and courage of the men and women who were dedicated to the defense of freedom during periods of world turmoil.