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Battleship Missouri Memorial
Ranked #13 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Since opening in January 1999, the Battleship Missouri Memorial has attracted more than 8-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.
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This was a very emotional tour, and overwhelmingly sentimental. I felt the hurt and pain that our men went through that horrible day. I will never forget and not should anyone else.

Thank VirgoVirda
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Large fighting vessel, not unique, but if you like battle ships... Was very hot when we went, so be sure to wear sun protection, take a hat & water.

Thank Anne C
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this magnificent ship. Those involved in managing and presenting this ship should be hugely congratulated. Staff were all extremely proud of this ship and came across in a professional manner. The preservation of the artifacts and story boards throughout the ship were first class. Thank you to all concerned. A must visit for those interested in a learning why you need a strong and well trained military.

Thank AlasdairDGilchrist
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

It was hard to hear the guide and the tour was very short since it only covered one deck. Standing in the hot sun with a cluster of other people straining to hear what was being said was unpleasant so it was actually a blessing the tour wasn’t longer. But WWII isn't really my thing so I wasn't all that enthusiastic in the first place. I would say don’t bring children since the ladder to the inside deck was very steep and once you’ve seen a room with stacked bunks and another room with army issue office furniture you don’t necessarily want to see all the rest of the same thing. The one exhibit that I appreciated displayed the letters the young Japanese men wrote their mothers and sweethearts good-bye since they knew they were on a suicide mission. I was really tearing up imagining how sad those women must have been. They don’t let you bring bags in but I had a Big Pockets vest designed for birding that I bought off the internet. You can easily fit an iPad and a few diapers and a camera in the pockets.

Thank SHADOWSPRITE
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The USS Missouri (‘Big Mo’) was wonderful. We were so pleased that this was the first thing we did when we arrived at the site. Walking around this enormous battleship first, before visiting the Arizona Memorial, gave us a lot more insight into what the USS Arizona would have looked like before it sunk. Having looked through the cabins and workplaces of the men on board the USS Missouri, we felt that we could imagine and therefore appreciate the lives of those who had lived and worked on the USS Arizona much better.
You need to allow quite a bit of time to do this. Apart from the time that you spend on the Missouri, you will almost certainly have to queue for the shuttle bus over there, and queue to get back as well. You also have to wait in a line and have a tourist type photo taken before filing on board. Pretty much everything during the day will involve queueing.
Tickets are $29 pp. Tours are free and are led by volunteer guides so the style varies between tour guides. You don't have to book these - just gather on the deck where you first board and there will probably be several tours about to leave. The tour is a very helpful way to see all of the most significant areas first, such as where the WWII Japanese surrender was signed. Our guide had many interesting stories about the battleship. He pointed out where a Japanese Zeke aircraft actually flew into the side of the battleship and told us the story of the pilot’s burial at sea. Our tour took place around the deck and we did not go below at all. It took about 30 – 40 minutes and you can then explore the rest of the ship.

Tips for planning ahead
• Allow a full day, arrive early and expect to spend time in queues throughout the day.
• Catch the #42 bus from Waikiki. It’s straightforward and easy, although it it long (just over an hour) but it is sooo much cheaper than a tour.
• The range of admission price packages for the different sights can be confusing. It is very helpful to look at the packages before you go so that you don't have to stand at the counter trying to work out on the spot which combo of sights, audio guides, tours etc you want. Too much pressure when there’s a queue behind you!
• Food options are very limited. There’s a café in Pacific Aviation museum (which we didn’t have time to try) but otherwise it is mainly small, expensive, not very nice hotdogs etc
• Don’t take big bags or backpacks. You will have to pay to leave them in a locker. There is also a long queue for lockers and (you guessed it) another queue at the end of the day to get your bags out again.

1  Thank Mairwen1
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