USS Arizona Memorial

1 Arizona Memorial Place, Honolulu

4.5

USS Arizona Memorial of thousands of sailors and marines killed on USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attack, December 7 1941, Second World War. USS Arizona Memorial is part of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

The memorial stands at that place since 1962, over the remains of sunk battleship. It is accessed only by shuttle boats operated by memorial's Visitor Center. The center is free to public. It operates a museum exhibiting historical info on the Pearl Harbor attack, as well as several relics, like the bell of the ship. Before going aboard the boat visitors view a 23 minutes long documentary abut the Pearl Harbor attack. The tour at the memorial is self-guided. You can also rent a 1 hour audio tour at the Visitors Center.

You can obtain the shuttle boat ticket at the Visitor Center. More than a million people visit the memorial annually, thus you better pre-book your ticket.

There are several ways to book the movie & boat tickets:

Online booking at official National Park Service website: recreation.gov.
Tickets upon arrival, at the Visitor Center. National Park Service gives out up to 1,300 free tickets on a "first come first serve" basis. To get them you need to arrive at Visitor Center as early as 7 am.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    07:00 - 17:00

  • Tue

    07:00 - 17:00

  • Wed

    07:00 - 17:00

  • Thu

    07:00 - 17:00

  • Fri

    07:00 - 17:00

  • Sat

    07:00 - 17:00

  • Sun

    07:00 - 17:00

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Reviews

  • Rob Starr

    4
    - 07 September 2018 -

    A fitting tribute to the men and women lost during the first American battle of the Second World War and the catalyst for the USA's entrance into the war. The site has a number of interesting features: it is where the boat tours of the Arizona Memorial originate from; the anchor of the USS Arizona is on display; a very good film depicting the events leading up to the Japanese attack, the battle itself and the devastation and consequences of its aftermath; a walk-through museum displaying all things Pearl Harbor; relics of the battle are displayed through out the grounds; a gift shop; and an amazing tribute to the boats and crews of the submariner service that served in the Pacific theater through out the war. Admission is free: but gifts, souvenirs, snacks and drinks are expensive. The site is run by the Parks service but the boats to the Arizona Memorial are operated by the Navy and there seems to be, on occasion, some communications problems. On windy days the boats won't dock at the Arizona so tourists have to settle for circling the monument. This site is a 'must see' if you visit the Hawaiian Islands and seems as popular with Japanese tourists as American. There are only 1500 tickets/day issued for the Arizona Memorial, so most days it's good to get there early.

  • John K

    5
    - 25 August 2018 -

    There's a certain sacredness of the presence of this location. I found myself standing there looking out over Pearl Harbor and imagine you and tragedy Carnage noise that was probably Beyond description. It's actually amazing in my mind that anybody even came out of that alive. So many did die but more lived. Participating in the tours it was a warm day, and I can't imagine the clothes quarters that these sailors lived in in this staggering Heat. I imagine the smells, the tempers, more importantly the comradery that would have these young man serve their country at the commands have their government right or wrong and be willing to do so even to giving their lives. Inspiring place a must-see.

  • Pete Pindale

    5
    - 05 August 2018 -

    Beautiful memorial, very well maintained. Staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Glad they reminded everyone that this is a grave site, as the sailors are still entombed just below our feet. Was an exceptionally clear day, could make out various parts of the ship from the memorial.

  • Daryl Mosser

    5
    - 25 July 2018 -

    A real thought provoking place. So many lessons for all. And yes it is still leaking oil. The short boat ride out ti the memorial was pleasant and the boat crew was very professional and experienced. A great memorial for an awful day in our history.

  • Jason Hollifield

    5
    - 24 July 2018 -

    Going to Pearl Harbor has long been a lifelong goal of mine. It was a very beautiful, well organized site. I was very emotional during my visit. I was very disappointed that we could not walk on the Arizonia Memorial, but I understand that the dock has to be repaired. One word of advice. Pearl Harbor is a site of great loss for many people. It's not a park. People died here. Don't go if you can't show respect. Teach your kids about sacrifice. Please don't be disrespectful. Go to the beach if you want to laugh and play. Pearl is not the place for that.

  • Samantha Sutton

    5
    - 24 June 2018 -

    Incredibly humbling and heart breaking! This is a must when visiting Honolulu. Keep in mind tickets are limited. There are only 1300 tickets released to the public daily which are generally free, except if you book online through Recreation.Gov.(which I highly recommend) There is a $1.50 booking fee per ticket and you have to be quick, they sell out in five minutes. The attraction it's self takes about 60 to 75 minutes. You view a 25 minute narrated film that shows actual footage of the attack and explains why Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, then the Navy takes you on a five minute Ferry ride to the memorial. You can take as many photos as you like once you are actually on the memorial, but just not while walking up the plank to it (it slows down operations and the Navy will yell at you, so to avoid embarrassment, don't do it!) You then get to spend about 15 to 20 minutes before you reboard the ferry and are taken back. Be mindful though this is like visiting a grave site, some people actually break down and cry and some come to visit their loved ones tombs. You will be incredibly moved. Its things like this that remind us that freedom is never free and how we tend to take for granted the sacrifices that were made to allow us to lead the lives we have been so fortunate to lead!

  • Darryl Olson

    5
    - 17 June 2018 -

    The World War II Valor In The Pacific National Monument refers to the area that was affected by the Japanese attack on Dec 7, 1941 as battlefield Oahu. It honors the survivors and the deceased of that attack. The Navy provides a ship tour of Pearl Harbor with a narration of the events that took place. The tour did not include a stop at the Arizona memorial. It is closed for repairs.  The exhibits at the Pearl Harbor Visitors Center present a tragic story since the military was unprepared for an attack even though they had intelligence indicating that an attack was imminent.  The audio tour complements the excellent exhibits. The Monument and tours are somber and touching. They give us an opportunity to demonstrate that President Franklin Roosevelt's quote on Bill of Rights Day, November 27, 1941, is wrong: "Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died for them."  Let us never forget. There is no fee for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center or the USS Arizona Memorial program.

  • Justin T

    5
    - 01 June 2018 -

    Incredible place and a place of incredible importance to our nation as a whole. It is well worth the trip and if you are able to get going very early there are free tickets available at the gate. I also encourage you to use their free luggage and valuables service to avoid having your stuff stolen... The parking lots are pretty well monitored but I guess there has been a lot of break-ins...

  • Adv Decals

    5
    - 13 May 2018 -

    Arrive early to avoid the long lines, the monument's entrance opens at 7 a.m. and admission to visit the USS Arizona is free. You must first obtain a ticket with the time of your visit printed on it. You then head to the Pearl Harbor Memorial Theater to watch a 20 minute documentary and from there you exit to dock where you board the boat that will take you to the USS Arizona Memorial. It was docked on battleship row on Dec. 7, 1941 when it was attacked and sunk, resulting in the deaths of 1177 men. This is a somber and solemn visit, the Wall of Honor lists all the names of the entombed. You can observe the "sailor's tears" coming to the surface from the still leaking fuel reservoir of the ship. At the conclusion of your visit, you return to the boat and back to the point of departure. At the Monument's entrance there are plenty of clean restrooms, a gift shop, a convenience store and ticket selling wicket to visit the other Pearl Harbor sites. The submarine Bowfin is also located here and from here you take a coach to visit the USS Missouri where WW II ended with Japan's surrender, as well as the Pacific Air museum. Do not miss visiting Pearl Harbor when in Honolulu, it's well worth the effort.

  • James Lipsette

    5
    - 06 May 2018 -

    An amazing place. The movie is informative. The place opens at 7am but lines start forming before 6:30. No bags are allowed in. They have a storage place you can rent. You can reserve tickets but they give free tickets out as well. I recommend getting the 7:30am tickets. You are on the first ferry over. The first attacks on Pearl Harbor happened right about the same time of day as when you get on the ferry.

  • Tamas Dober

    - 06 March 2018 -

    I liked the way they made it a real memorial place to the lives lost here. It was midweek and the parking lot was full at 10.30. Make reservations online at least a day earlier!

  • Nick Fuqua

    - 08 January 2018 -

    Get in line EARLY. We were there at 6:30 for the free tickets (they open at 7) and there was already a massive line. Well worth the early morning however. What a fantastic monument.

  • Erik Vizcarra

    - 28 September 2017 -

    Pay respect for all the sevice man that serve our country

  • Lauren Cannon

    - 20 August 2017 -

    Go for the passport package, includes all the tours and audio tours that really add to the peaceful atmosphere. Bring sunscreen.

  • Spencer Brownell

    - 10 August 2017 -

    Very moving. I was incredibly annoyed by those who laughed and giggled while viewing it. Have some respect!

  • Carmen Tlc

    - 01 May 2017 -

    the U.S. Navy will shuttle you from the center to the sloping white memorial. You see oil that still slowly seeps up to the water's surface from the wreckage 😢you can pay your respects

  • Doug W

    - 23 January 2017 -

    One of the places every American should see in their lifetime.

  • Mitch

    - 22 January 2017 -

    Very touching memorial. The ship is visible just below the water.

  • Stephen Z

    - 06 January 2017 -

    Tours, video, moving

  • Steve Rich

    - 04 January 2017 -

    Go online to get reservations for visits in the future. Otherwise you can pick up tickets for visits later the same day. Last visiting hour is 3:00 pm.

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