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
About
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
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
See what travelers are saying
  • TSpurg
    2 contributions
    Don’t Skip Pearl Harbor!
    If you are coming to Hawaii, Pearl Harbor is not a place to miss. There is so much history to see and learn. Our guide Kimoke’o gave us great tips for navigating the crowds. He is very knowledgeable, professional, and entertaining. He gave us so much more information about Pearl Harbor than we learned in the history books, and it gave our visit much more meaning.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 3, 2023
  • Old Town Julie ... N
    9 contributions
    You can feel the History
    Pearl Harbor is definitely something to see. You can book on your own and you do NOT to book through another tour company. Book yourself to see the Arizona Memorial, The Missouri, and the Bowfin Submarine. (There are different official websites for each of the 3 to get tickets). Unfortunately, there were high winds while we were there thus the boat that takes you to the Memorial could not operate. (Tickets are non-refundable but valid for 7 years). Though there is a great view of the Arizona from the bridge deck of the Missouri. It is a lot of easy walking - the Bowfin Submarine required the most mobility.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • Cheryl K
    Fort Collins, Colorado2 contributions
    Matthew the Oahu History Buff
    Matthew was our Tour director on the 28th of February 2023. He started our tour with the stop at the Ali'iolani Hale building (Hawaii 5 0 office), the Historic Iolani Palace, the Four Gift Banyan Trees from India, State Capitol Building and the Eternal Flame. Then we continued to Pearl Harbor. The wind blew extremely hard, which we were informed it could cancel the tug boat out the Arizona (which was disappointing) but there was plenty of free history museum's in the Visitors Center Location. Our wonderful guide also shared with us that we could take the shuttle bus to Ford Island and visit the Missouri Battle Ship, you could pay admission or just view. We chose to pay extra admission since we had the time. The aviator area was good to see and then we headed back. I hope to return to Pearl Harbor and see the tears of the Arizona. Thank you Matthew for the wonderful history lesson and helping taking our memorial picture.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 6, 2023
  • hwarm815
    Huddersfield, United Kingdom39 contributions
    Surprised how much was free
    It is a must when visiting Hawaii but one thing to mention do not follow Google satnav as it takes you to the military base! Use directions /address given on pearl harbor memorial website. We went having not prebooked anything and managed to get straight on the Arizona memorial in the standby line which I was surprised by and that it was free. We went on a Sunday, maybe that helped. The Bowfin sub was really good at a small charge which I thought was worth it.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 8, 2023
  • Chandra S
    Texas138 contributions
    Pearl Harbor - A Must Do on Oahu!
    Our family of five from Texas and Oklahoma visited Oahu and the Big Island for Spring Break and our two grandsons only request was to visit Pearl Harbor!! It was pouring rain when we arrived at the park and were worried the boat rides to the Memorial would not be running but as we walked to the entrance, the rain let up and the boats never stopped. We did feel a little rushed at the Memorial because we were limited to about a 10-15 minute visit. We visited the Museum and toured the grounds while completing our Junior Ranger books. Our whole family enjoyed our visit to Pearl Harbor but especially our grandsons!! They both claim Pearl Harbor as their #1 thing we did on our entire trip on Oahu and the Big Island!! This is a site that every American should try to visit at least once.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Goingplaces1234
    New York City, New York10 contributions
    Chilling and Educational
    WOW. Our family (2 adults, 2 children ages 7 and 12) spent the day at Pearl Harbor National Memorial and everyone came away with a greater understanding of the events of Pearl Harbor and the heart wrenching losses that occurred there. You definitely need more than one day if you want to see it all. We were able to go out to the Arizona (we had advance reservations to be sure we’d be able to get to it, though there is a stand by line), we went to the Missouri (self-guided tour, though the guided tours, which are free, sounded well-done), did the deluxe audio tour (there are 3 options, each more detailed than the other and more time consuming), and did the VR experience (you can choose from 4 experiences). The galleries are well done and thorough. They offer background information, tell you about life in the US and Japan in the 30s and 40s, and really help people of all knowledge levels understand more about Pearl Harbor. The audio tour, narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis, does a fantastic job of accompanying the exhibits in the galleries as well as offers an explanation of other artifacts and places throughout the memorial. The VR experience was also informative. I just wish we’d had more time so we could go back to see the Bowfin and the Aviation Museum. I wasn’t disappointed by this experience- it was solemn and educational and chilling.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • Steven P
    3 contributions
    Matthew was great !!!!
    David was very prompt, and professional. He gave a lot of background on the sites that we saw en route to the harbor, and made sure we knew how to traverse all the points of interest. Afterwards, he gave us a quick tour of the city and we were able to get back in time to catch our flight.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • Woody16
    Chester, United Kingdom400 contributions
    A must do trip while on Oahu....
    We bought the USS Missouri tickets before hand and had reserved our time for the USS Arizona well in advance. We spent around 2 hours on the Missouri - having the free guided tour to begin with then wandered around on our own. Then we had a lunch stop at the visitor centre and a walk around the exhibits there...then we had the boat ride to the Arizona memorial....it's hard to describe your feelings on there just utter respect for the fallen. Everything was done with grace & passion. We had a very interesting day there.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 26, 2023
  • Simone B
    14 contributions
    Educational, serene and poignant memorial
    Learnt a lot from this trip regarding reasons behind Japanese bombing, radar,cassusltirles, response by the american forces snd subsequent treatment of 2nd snd 3rd generation Japanese inhabitants of the island or indigenous people who looked Japanese. The Arizona was a poignant and reflective place, and the USS Bowfin was very interesting. Can’t comment on Missouri as didnt do. Pros: lots of educational stuff, restroom facilities, water stations. Plenty of Rangers to answer questions. Cons: very disorganised on arrival, no clear maps or routes or suggested itineraries. Queues confusing for Arizona. Main food places inside the area of USS Bowfin which you have to pay to go into
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Matthew T
    6 contributions
    Very Cool!
    This was a cool experience! It was a little tricky to follow on the website what you needed to buy tickets for ahead of time and what you could do in the moment, so we weren't able to see the USS Arizona. It seems like you can either buy tickets 3 weeks ahead of time or the day before. Overall, a cool piece of history to learn more about!
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 2, 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.5
13,829 reviews
Excellent
10,283
Very good
2,620
Average
713
Poor
133
Terrible
81

Mark W
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very humbling to see the videos and to visit the site and remember those who did not make it out that terrible day. Great experience with Finny as our guide pointing out relevant sites arriving and departing.
Written February 27, 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.

Food Shop Travel
East Maitland, Australia222 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is an absolute must visit for everyone. From the moment you step onto the grounds you are transported back in time to that fateful day in 1941.

The exhibits are meticulously curated, offering a comprehensive and respectful tribute to those who lost their lives.
Walking through the museum, you are engulfed in the events leading up to and following the attack on Pearl Harbour. The artefacts on display are incredibly moving, each one telling a story of bravery, sacrifice and resilience.

The highlight of the visit is undoubtedly the USS Arizona Memorial. It is a profoundly moving experience to stand above the sunken battleship, paying homage to the sailors who remain entombed within its hull.

This is a 5 star experience that I highly recommend to anyone visiting Hawaii.
Written February 16, 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.

Mike H
Kansas City, MO121 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice memorial to our fallen veterans of the Battleship USS Arizona. I think 1034 service men died. Only 1 still living survivor who is 102.
Written February 14, 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.

TheBirdWhoToldYou
Mackay, Australia38 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
It’s definitely worthwhile going here but surely they can maintain the place.

The film looks like it was made in the 80’s and is so badly faded you can hardly see it well.

The men’s toilets all have broken doors so you can’t lock them.

Some of the drinking fountains are broken and don’t work.

Some signage, including above the Arizona, is badly faded.

The list can go on.

And also the two woman operating one of the boats are so passive aggressive and rude to people. Literally yelling at passengers. Totally ruins the moment.

Unfortunately this all feels more like a tourist trap than a memorial museum.
Written February 13, 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.

garygeorge3
Lightwater Uk453 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
A wonderful day out, and a fitting tribute to all those brave people who endured so much during that infamous day. Entrance is free, but please be advised no bags are allowed inside, that includes rucksacks and ladies handbags. Parking is via scan code and is reasonable at $7 for the day. We bought the passports allowing us entry to all the museums, sadly despite spending the day there, we didn’t get to see everything.
We headed first to the USS Missouri, moored facing the wreck of the USS Arizona.
Beautifully preserved, you’ll need to allow a couple of hours at least. Next we went to the Air Museum this exceeded all our expectations. The beautiful restored aircraft on the flight line, the iconic control tower and the hangars still displaying bullet holes in the glass. Inside there is a restored Zero and Warhawk, a great gift shop for the essential souvenirs. We enjoyed lunch in the museum cafe, a lovely pulled pork wrap with pineapple coleslaw. So easy to recommend a full day here for the family.
Written February 9, 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.

Rosemary F
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Shuttle to pearl harbor memorial with Finny! excellent driver and great guide. Gave lots of info and history. Very engaging.
Written February 7, 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.

twistedwheelnut
Manchester201 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
If you've never been here before, you might be surprised to find that the central area of the visitor center is free. You can spend a couple of hours in this area alone. Also free is a boat out to the USS Arizona. You can book a ticket in advance which basically gives you a fixed time to go out to the wreck, or you can queue up and take your chances. When i was there, the queue was pretty small.
There are also some paid exhibits which provide additional information and experience, but you can learn a lot about the events without paying.
Be aware that, if you are spending a few hours here, the food and drink options are not good.
Written January 29, 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.

rmartinmitch
Boston, MA573 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We had a chance to visit the Pearl Harbor Memorial during our recent visit to Hawaii. It is a moving experience as you stand above the ship where so many lives were lost in yet another war. And you consider all the many other lives that were lost as a result of this one event.

The area is very large, with more to see then just the Arizona memorial. There is a submarine to explore and several museums to visit.

A must see on Oahu.
Written January 21, 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.

TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,429 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Spending a day at Pearl Harbor should be a priority if it your first trip to Oahu. It's a special place given its historical importance and a visit here, especially when stepping onto the USS Arizona Memorial, is a solemn and powerful experience. Except for the $7 parking charge, it is free to visit the visitor center. This is where you can watch a 23-minute documentary film of the Japanese attack on December 7, 1941, and can explore 2 well organized museum exhibits, "The Road to War" and "Attack". You can also walk around the grounds and see the interpretive wayside exhibits and visit The Remembrance Circle all while taking in views of the harbor with the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri in the distance. However, a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial is the highlight of a visit to Pearl Harbor. This is also free (except the $1 booking charge), but it is important to order your tickets in advance and it is a very tough ticket to obtain. Boats leave from near the visitor center every 15 minutes from 8am-330p. Tickets are released in 2 batches. You can purchase tickets from rec.gov either exactly 8 weeks in advance or 24 hours in advance at 3pm local Hawaii time. Be ready to order right at 3pm and make sure you have learned how the website works. The spots sell out quickly. If you strike out, arrive first thing in the morning and join the standby line. You may have to wait 1-2 hours, but the park rangers fill up the open spots in the boat from no-shows with those in the standby line. However, there is so much more to explore during a visit. The WWII battleship USS Missouri site of the formal Japanese surrender, the USS Bowfin Submarine and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum are all excellent experiences. You can spend 2 hours at each, and they all require separate entrance tickets to visit. Buses take you from the visitor center out to Ford Island to visit the USS Missouri and the Aviation Museum. You can walk to the Bowfin from the visitor center. It may be worthwhile purchasing a Passport to Pearl Harbor pass for $89.99 that includes all 3. This pass doesn't actually save you any money when visiting just the 3 sites although it also includes an audio tour of the visitor center and a virtual reality experience which I thought was worthwhile. With so much to see, it would be good to have your day planned out. Our strategy was first to obtain tickets for the USS Arizona Memorial to visit in the mid to late afternoon. However, we arrived in the early morning and first headed out to Ford Island to beat the crowds and visited the USS Missouri and the Aviation Museum. We rode the shuttle back to the visitor center and explored the exhibits and watched the movie as we waited for our scheduled boat out to the USS Arizona. Finally, we wrapped up the day visiting the USS Bowfin submarine with whatever time we had left before closing.
Written January 16, 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.

Climber53196
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
I went with my 13-year-old daughter to so she could learn some history as she is taking American history this year. We chose to go with Robert Tours since they picked up at a local hotel close to a private home where we were staying. The driver/tour guide was very friendly and informative as we drove through the city and finally to Pearl Harbor.

I actually grew up in Honolulu and was familiar with the sights we passed by and the driver's explanations were pretty accurate though limited due to the limited time.
At Pearl Harbor, we did have to wait to get to the movie auditorium and the instructions were a bit confusing. For example, we were in line before our alloted time so we had to step away and come back later. The wait wasn't that long but in July, it's quite hot so it was uncomfortable. We decided to eat a light lunch and the pickings were slim but adequate.

After the movie, we got on the launch taking us to the memorial. It was organized well and no problems with motion sickness which I'm prone to. Once we arrived you could feel the solemnity of the memorial and were respectfully quiet as we wandered through it. My daughter took pictures and lingered at the sides to look at the submerged USS Arizona as I whispered the details of the attack and the remains laying below us. The amount of time we were allowed, about 1/2 hour, was just right as we boarded the launch again.

I'm glad we chose to go through a tour company since we got to see a lot more than if I had driven to Pearl Harbor myself. We also saw the state capitol building which houses the state legislature, Kawaihao Church, Iolani Palace, Father Damien's statue, the governor's residence and even the condominium where former President Obama's grandmother had resided (I just knew where it was as a former resident). We went to the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific aka Punchbowl Cemetary where those killed in action or veterans are interred.

Also going through tour company guarantees you to get to the Arizona memorial as they book ahead of time.

It was worth it for my daughter as she was the only one in her American history class to correctly identify the Pearl Harbor attack when the class was shown a black and white photo of the attack.

Written January 5, 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.

Showing results 1-10 of 11,788
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Honolulu

Frequently Asked Questions about Pearl Harbor National Memorial


Restaurants near Pearl Harbor National Memorial: View all restaurants near Pearl Harbor National Memorial on Tripadvisor