I don't know exactly what the policy is other than for the Arizona, but once I had all my things in pockets I found it most convenient to just leave it there. We weren't parked close enough that I wanted to run to the car and back.
If I recall correctly from my visit in June it applies to the Missouri as well. You were warned about this before getting on the bus over to the Missouri and the way the guides phrased it made it sound as if they weren't even going to allow the bags from the Pearl Harbor gift shop, but they did.
You can't bring bags to any of the Pearl Harbor historic sights within the park. Read the security measures section in this link:
When you check your bags for USS Arizona, just leave them while visiting attractions on Ford Island. Better yet, only take what will fit in your pockets.
OP- Not sure if you have small children, and thus, travel with a stroller; but I recall them allowing us to bring our stroller (no diaper bag, though) onto the Mighty Mo and the Aviation Museum. This was 2 years ago, so things may have changed since then, however.Edited: 04 September 2012, 22:36
Thanks everyone. It's no big deal, just that I have a bulky camera with a couple of extra lenses. Nothing that a few big pockets won't fix!
I just returned home last week. You can't take any bags into the Memorial or the Missouri at all - you will have to leave them at the baggage lockers at the Visitors Centre. I just managed to take my camera and then in my pocket a small purse with some money and my ID.
During my visit this June, I had a DSLR camera bag. I could take the camera inside but had to leave the bag in the baggage locker at the visitors center. They charge $3 per bag. We used the shuttle bus to visit the Missouri and the avaiation museum, got dropped back at the Pearl Harbour visitor centre, collected by bag before leaving for Waikiki.Edited: 06 September 2012, 03:59
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