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Battleship Missouri Memorial
Ranked #13 of 351 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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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 14 August 2018 via mobile

The “Mighty Mo” is quite impressive! There is a lot of walking and stair-climbing between the decks, so I would recommend wearing tennis shoes. There is a ramp for wheelchair access, but it’s lengthy! However, it’s worth the effort for someone that needs ambulatory assistance!

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Reviewed 13 August 2018

Easy access with a small group tour. Just a short walk and we entered the area - no long security check since you are not allowed to carry any type of bag that requires a search. My wife used a clear, hard plastic bag that is now required when we attend Virginia Tech football games. She used that an had no problems. She also packed tennis shoes (closed toe) since that was a big deal in a lot of the information we reviewed. Waste of effort - many open toes and good number of plain old flip-fops! Nothing was said - may vary on another day - this was a Sunday. When you enter the line to board the ship, they run you through a photo shoot (even have a helmet for you to put on). The photo pack (that one photo) comes with lot of ship photos and info for $40. Once you get on the ship, you can take the half hour tour which takes your from bow to stern. At the end of that tour, you can go down one deck and work your way through the mess, kitchens, and many other areas - that is a long, winding path (follow the arrows) that is well over a half hour if you do much reading.
The USS Missouri did not come into service until 1944, but was in the next three big "conflicts / wars". During the tour the guide ( who was great) mentioned Korea and Desert Storm. Looking at her battle ribbons on the way out I observed she had the Vietnam service medal, as do I. While I had a lot of knowledge prior to the visit, I learned so much more - amazed to learn that General Jimmy Doolittle was at the signing. Having read about the signing having seen photos for years, and to stand on that deck, to see the documents - thrilled!
Apparently the main food service has shut down as Hawaii enters the "slow" season, so lunch was in a food truck. Was what it was. Enjoy! Nice restrooms at the entrance.

Thank vtcc64
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Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

This is something everyone should see. It is great for all ages except maybe very small children. This is a treasure and the tour guide was great.

Thank Katie G
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

The four of us (dad/mom/17/14) visited the Missouri as a part of the Passport to Pearl Harbor package. We augmented the package with the Heart of the Missouri tour. The history of the ship is really quite interesting especially when you realize she saw duty in WW II and also has Tomahawk missiles tubes retrofitted on her. It speaks to the length of her time afloat as well as the changes in the nature of warfare during that time. The tour below decks was also quite interesting, our guide was a former bubble-head (submariner) but that did not really detract from the tour or his enthusiasm for it. He was able to add insight that would not have been possible from someone not previously in the Navy. Dad and Mom found the whole tour quite interesting. Our son, 17, was fascinated which was good because that is the primary reason we took the extra tour. Our daughter,14, remained on the good side of tolerably bored. (Couldn't please everyone for this part of our trip, but we did make it worth her while to remain civil later in the our trip since this was a big thing for our son.)

Thank Rocinonte
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

Allow about 3 hours at least for this one. We had a good guide who goes for around 20 minutes and then the rest if self guided. It gives you a Great idea of the size of the ship and all the sleeping quarters and kitchen etc they had on their trips around the world. We heard some amazing facts that we had no idea about so it was well worth the money

Thank MartyNova67
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