For many visitors, no trip to Hawaii is complete without a visit to Pearl Harbor. To most, what that means is a visit to the iconic USS Arizona Memorial. The Arizona, however, is not the only attraction to see at the Pearl Harbor Navy Base.
The WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument includes the Arizona Memorial, the USS Missouri, the USS Bowfin Submarine and Submarine Museum, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
While the Arizona is the most well known, among those who have seen them all - the Battleship USS Missouri is often the favorite attraction of the bunch. The USS Missouri was the last battleship commissioned in 1944 and the last battleship to be decommissioned in 1992. The Missouri is a destination that encompasses the famous ship’s service in every conflict from World War II to the first Gulf Wars - she took part in both Desert Storm and Desert Shield. On board, visitors will learn about the massive 16-inch guns which are capable of sending a 2700 lb bullet twenty-three miles! They will see the spot where World War II formally ended and the location on the vessel that the Japanese unconditional surrender documents were signed. Guests will see exhibits on kamikaze and learn about the kamikaze plane that crashed into Mighty Mo during WWII - and the pilot who flew the plane! The Missouri often surprises guests with her nearly 300-yard length and nearly thirty-story building height. Tours on board will expose guests to the crew quarters, the galleys, machine shop, computer labs, and even the onboard dental office!
There are two options for guided tours and they range from about 35-90 minutes. Prices for the basic Mighty Mo tour are $29 for adults and $13 for kids 12 and under. Most guests spend between one and three hours on the Missouri. There is a lot to see and do. The last bus back to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center from the USS Missouri leaves from the Battleship USS Missouri just after 4 pm. The Battleship Missouri is open for visitation every day of the year (except Christmas, New Years, and Thanksgiving) from 8am to 4 pm, Hawaii Standard Time.
As with the Arizona Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, no bags are allowed. If it won’t fit in your pocket, you will not be able to bring it inside. Exceptions are made for plastic bottles of water and cameras (but without bags). Our team here at Private Tours Hawaii offers one of the easiest ways to experience the USS Missouri and while you are inside, your guide will make sure that your valuables are safe and secure in our vehicle.