The Museum has come a long way since I was involved in the Living History program several years ago. The museum has modernized and completely revamped their displays. There is new life in the same old artifacts that I had grown to know and love. There are a lot of new items on display since my last visit. There are so many more displays and the museum had expanded so much that we had been there all day and didn't realize it. With your ticket, you can also get a free audio wand to use for an audible description of the area you are in. As far as the disappointments, I miss the interactive Doolittle Raider, the Japanese Carrier deck under the Midget Sub with the view of Hawaii, and interactive "Willie and Joe" in Guadalcanal. Those are my personal preferences and those who did not get to experience them are not missing out on the overall experience. On the plus side, great care was taken to record, both visually and audibly, the stories of the people, Soldier, Civilian, Axis, and Allied, who lived through the war in the Pacific. Throughout the museum, you can hear the voices telling their experience while looking at photos or video of the event. With the purchase of a ticket, you have 48 hour access, during operating hours of course.
Although I brought my toddler, I would not recommend the museum for small children. There are disturbing images throughout the museum and small children may disturb the experience. Although everyone was nice , I found myself getting very irritated at my own young son because he did not understand that some of the very people who are visiting the museum are some of the same ones who lived through the events that are depicted in every room of the building. They deserve the respect and peace to honor, relive, or mourn their memories.The museum's motto is "Inspiring our youth while honoring our heroes". They are child friendly, but I personally feel that the child must be able to understand the reason the museum exists might just be the old guy in the wheelchair next to them.
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.