USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park

USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park
4.5
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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  • Steve R
    Macon, Georgia579 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great dose of pride!
    What an amazing sacrifice our defenders of freedom made on our behalf. The history of this sub was outstanding. A walking tour of this cramped space demonstrated how out of such cramped quarters heroes arose both as officers and mechanics. The spit and polish is everywhere. This was the home for several years of the Greatest Generation!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Moni G
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but needs improvement with entry staff
    Your camera guy that takes a picture of you before entering, isn’t friendly seems like he doesn’t want to be there. I was noticing he was like that with most of the guests. He needs to be trained on interacting with guests and being social.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 16, 2023
  • froglag
    Spokane, Washington1,613 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hats off to the Men and Women that served in a Submarine. Along with all walks of the Military to protect our freedom.
    In spending the day at Pearl Harbor we took advantage of seeing the USS Bowfin Submarine museum. It was very interesting to see how the men and women lived life in a submarine in very tight quarters and how everything works. Our first time to be on a submarine and it is a amazing day visit to not be missed.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 1, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique Experience Touring the WWII Submarine, USS Bowfin
    Located at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Tour the inside and walk along the deck of a World War II submarine, the USS Bowfin. You walk the entire length of the sub from the torpedo room, through the living quarters, the control room and the engine rooms. Really cool but beware if you are claustrophobic. Make sure to pick up the audio tour that is included with your admission. In addition to the sub, there are other outdoor exhibits and 3 interactive museums to explore. You could easily spend 2 hours here looking at everything but 1 hour is adequate if just touring the sub. Visiting the Pearl Harbor visitor center and museums is free, but you need a separate ticket to enter the USS Bowfin. Same goes for the USS Missouri and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. It costs $21.99 for the USS Bowfin, 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.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
  • zippo46
    New Hampshire328 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    As a retired submariner, I’ve been to a few submarine museums, and I think this is the best one I’ve ever been to. In addition to the World War II submarine USS Bowfin, the museum has two large halls. One hall is devoted to World War II submarine operations in the Pacific and the other hall is devoted to submarine operations since the end of World War II. Both are very informative and very well done.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • Lisa J
    Plant City, Florida937 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    USS Bowfin Submarine
    This is part of Pearl Harbor, and so worth your time. Its a self guided tour on/in the sub. You have to be able to climb up and down steep stairs and crawl through small doors inside so if you have mobility issues I would sugest you not do this. But it is so interesting to see and kids really love it. Very educational. They take your picture on the way out with the sub behind you and is printed on a replica newspaper for $25. Im a scrapbooker so I was excited about that. There is a museum about the submarines and there crew that is very interesting, my faverite part was the flag making from the crew and the old sewing machine they used.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Idakop
    Boise, Idaho170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great display
    Great display and presentation of a WWII submarine! I can only imagine what the men / boys aboard this amazing piece of equipment went through. My father was aboard a similar sub (Bergal). So I felt as if I was seeing the same things he would have seen as a young man so many years ago
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 10, 2024
  • kevlasultanpus
    Canberra, Australia172 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    gobsmacked and amazed
    amazing..... what a total eye opener. You think you get an idea of tight spaces watching at WW2 sub movie, but nothing beats actually going inside one. Even my wife loved it and was gobsmacked at how they designed and got so much tech, even 80 years ago, into a sub. I could have spent hours however you need to be aware of others wanting to pass and go through which in some areas means you need to move on.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 3, 2024
  • The Traveling Pierogi
    World238 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fast and Stealth Underwater
    In the Pearl Harbor Museum complex, there is a submarine museum that is associated with the history of WWII. One of the artifacts that is featured is the USS Bowfin Submarine. First swimming on December 7 1942, one year after the attack, she was known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” with nine successful patrols within three years before the War ended. Some of the locations she was patrolling were the South China Sea, the Sea of Japan, and the Celebes Sea. This was my first time being on a submarine; I cannot believe how tight and narrow the walkways were. I give these service men and women who are stationed inside these submarines some credit. They are in these tight places trying to defend this great nation under the water of the seas. When in Pearl Harbor, take a stroll to the USS Bowfin and see what these service men and women lived and worked.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 4, 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great opportunity to see a submarine
    USS Bowfin submarine is located by the Pearl Harbor visitor center, to the right from it. There's an entry fee of around 25$ and it's the cheapest of all paying attractions. This was my second visit to a submarine, and I was thrilled again with the experience, so I encourage people to go and visit it. Unbelievable order in such a tight place, packed with everything sailors need under the sea - from dining and sleeping areas, to instruments for navigation and torpedoes, really amazing. After visiting the sub itself, you can learn more about them in a small museum by the entrance.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 10, 2024
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MJ_ontheBAY
Honolulu, HI64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The Bowfin and Submarine Museum might not get as much notoriety as the Arizona and Missouri, but this spot shouldn’t be overlooked. The museum is well done and gives a completely different overview than other parts of the Pearl Harbor Memorial. Submarine warfare is a totally different beast than surface and air and these exhibits illustrate why.

Walking the top and underdecks of the Bowfin is simply amazing and gives a raw picture of what these boats are all about.

A couple tips.. The Bowfin itself is pretty tight space-wise and requires you to step through several elevated hatches. This can pose a challenge if you have young kids or are traveling with elderly folks with degraded mobility. For this reason, no strollers aboard and they don’t allow kids under 4. Also, recommend you take the time to walk through and learn from the pier-side museum exhibits prior to walking aboard the Bowfin. This way, what you see and absorb on the Bowfin will make a little more sense and enrich the experience, especially if you’re unfamiliar with submarines and/or naval history.
Written June 16, 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,626 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
USS Bowfin submarine is located by the Pearl Harbor visitor center, to the right from it.
There's an entry fee of around 25$ and it's the cheapest of all paying attractions.
This was my second visit to a submarine, and I was thrilled again with the experience, so I encourage people to go and visit it. Unbelievable order in such a tight place, packed with everything sailors need under the sea - from dining and sleeping areas, to instruments for navigation and torpedoes, really amazing.
After visiting the sub itself, you can learn more about them in a small museum by the entrance.
Written June 10, 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.

Brenda M
Gillespie, IL45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
You’re already at Pearl Harbor, so you might as well do the tour. Going on the submarine was eye opening to the actual size of the vessel and how they have to live on the ship.
Written June 6, 2024
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The Traveling Pierogi
World238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
In the Pearl Harbor Museum complex, there is a submarine museum that is associated with the history of WWII. One of the artifacts that is featured is the USS Bowfin Submarine. First swimming on December 7 1942, one year after the attack, she was known as the “Pearl Harbor Avenger,” with nine successful patrols within three years before the War ended. Some of the locations she was patrolling were the South China Sea, the Sea of Japan, and the Celebes Sea. This was my first time being on a submarine; I cannot believe how tight and narrow the walkways were. I give these service men and women who are stationed inside these submarines some credit. They are in these tight places trying to defend this great nation under the water of the seas. When in Pearl Harbor, take a stroll to the USS Bowfin and see what these service men and women lived and worked.
Written May 4, 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.

kevlasultanpus
Canberra, Australia172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
amazing..... what a total eye opener. You think you get an idea of tight spaces watching at WW2 sub movie, but nothing beats actually going inside one. Even my wife loved it and was gobsmacked at how they designed and got so much tech, even 80 years ago, into a sub. I could have spent hours however you need to be aware of others wanting to pass and go through which in some areas means you need to move on.
Written May 4, 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.

Idakop
Boise, ID170 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Great display and presentation of a WWII submarine! I can only imagine what the men / boys aboard this amazing piece of equipment went through. My father was aboard a similar sub (Bergal). So I felt as if I was seeing the same things he would have seen as a young man so many years ago
Written April 11, 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.

Lisa J
Plant City, FL937 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
This is part of Pearl Harbor, and so worth your time. Its a self guided tour on/in the sub. You have to be able to climb up and down steep stairs and crawl through small doors inside so if you have mobility issues I would sugest you not do this. But it is so interesting to see and kids really love it. Very educational. They take your picture on the way out with the sub behind you and is printed on a replica newspaper for $25. Im a scrapbooker so I was excited about that. There is a museum about the submarines and there crew that is very interesting, my faverite part was the flag making from the crew and the old sewing machine they used.
Written March 19, 2024
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Y2599VRjane
Durham, NC5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
USS Bowfin Submarine is worth a visit to see what life on a submarine looked like. It was more cramped than I expected! I didn't find the museum terribly interesting.
Written March 6, 2024
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zippo46
New Hampshire328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
As a retired submariner, I’ve been to a few submarine museums, and I think this is the best one I’ve ever been to. In addition to the World War II submarine USS Bowfin, the museum has two large halls. One hall is devoted to World War II submarine operations in the Pacific and the other hall is devoted to submarine operations since the end of World War II. Both are very informative and very well done.
Written January 30, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,221 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Located at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Tour the inside and walk along the deck of a World War II submarine, the USS Bowfin. You walk the entire length of the sub from the torpedo room, through the living quarters, the control room and the engine rooms. Really cool but beware if you are claustrophobic. Make sure to pick up the audio tour that is included with your admission. In addition to the sub, there are other outdoor exhibits and 3 interactive museums to explore. You could easily spend 2 hours here looking at everything but 1 hour is adequate if just touring the sub. Visiting the Pearl Harbor visitor center and museums is free, but you need a separate ticket to enter the USS Bowfin. Same goes for the USS Missouri and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. It costs $21.99 for the USS Bowfin, 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.
Written January 15, 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.

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