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“If you enjoy Military/history”

US Army Museum of Hawaii
Ranked #18 of 322 things to do in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The museum and the museum store are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM. The Museum is free to all. The U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii is under the direction of the U.S. Army Center of Military History and receives well over 100,000 visitors a year. tours are available for rent from the Society for a small fee in both English and Japanese. Parking is available directly across from the museum. Validation for a reduced parking fee is available at the welcome desk. Constructed from 1909 to 1911, this Coastal Artillery Battery protected Oahu with its two 14-inch disappearing guns. The battery was built so well that it was unable to be torn down in the early 1970's to make way for the military's Hale Koa Hotel. The battery was turned into a museum in 1976 and begins with early Hawaiian warfare and covers every major military event in the Pacific theater of operations through Vietnam. The Gallery of Heroes honors Hawaii's soldiers who have received our nation's highest awards: the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. Chartered in 1976 as a not-for-profit corporation, the Hawaii Army Museum Society, also known by its acronym, HAMS, was organized by several former military veterans and patriotic members of the Honolulu community. HAMS is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization whose mission is to support the U. S. Army Museum of Hawaii. HAMS is a non-federal entity. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and has no government status.
West Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“If you enjoy Military/history”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

I think if you are a fan of miltary history a good place to go and next to the beach. Bonus it's free. Honestly it just was not for me though. It's not for everyone.

Visited November 2013
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“Great old-fashion museum.”
Reviewed 17 November 2013 via mobile

Very straight forward information and the models are really great. A lot of relics and artifacts. It is very informative!

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“A step into history.”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

Not only about Pear Harbor but some of the long history of the army there and Vietnam and there war heros from both wars etc.

Visited November 2013
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London, UK
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“Interesting military history of Hawaii”
Reviewed 15 November 2013

This was a good little museum, not much on the interactive side of things and could have been a bit better laid out but it gave a great overview of both the Hawaiian cultural military history and the history since it became a US territory. Worth an hour to look around if you've got a rainy afternoon, like we had.

Visited November 2013
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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“Old school museum in a fascinating building- well worth a visit”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Visited whilst exploring the Waikiki beach area on Veterans Day.
Museum is free to enter, and is situated in the former gun battery- a really interesting building.
Exhibits are comprehensive and span the history of Hawaii at war, from spears and canoes all the way through to Vietnam and further on.
Volunteers are veterans.
Would suggest the museum is best suited for adults or older teenagers- exhibits are geared more for older folks, a fair bit of written info.
Free entry, certainly a good way to spend an hour or two.

Visited November 2013
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