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Pearl Harbor Historic Sites

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites

Four unique destinations. One amazing experience.

Pearl Harbor Make sure to get your Pearl Harbor Passport to see all the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites (Denise Scaglione/Share the Experience)

What You’ll Find

People from around the world visit Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and the USS Arizona Memorial, a poignant reminder of the events that drew the United States into World War II. President Roosevelt called December 7, 1941—the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing 2,403 Americans, destroyed 188 U.S. aircraft and eight U.S. Navy battleships— “a date which will live in infamy.” The attack also sunk four battleships, including the Arizona and her crew.

No visit to Pearl Harbor is complete without a boat tour to the USS Arizona Memorial, but to truly understand the vital role of the U.S. Navy in World War II, spend a day among all of the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. Stand in the shadow of the hulking Battleship Missouri; crouch through the narrow passages of the USS Bowfin submarine; or stroll among WW II-era fighter planes at the top-ranked Pacific Aviation Museum. The Passport to Pearl Harbor is the perfect way to ensure you have a reservation to visit the USS Arizona as well as admission to these other sites.

Getting There

The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is located about 12 miles northwest of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. A map and tour details provide helpful information for planning a visit to this historic location.

Make Sure You

Make a reservation! With a limited number of tickets available each day, reservations fill quickly. You may book reservations up to two months in advance. Day-of reservations are available everyday starting at 7:00 a.m. (HST) through Recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

Walk-up Tickets: The National Park Service distributes approximately 2,000 free tickets each day beginning at 7:00 a.m. (HST). These tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone.

Try This

Consider reserving the USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour. This fascinating 2 1/2 hour audio tour is hosted by the award-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis, National Park Service Historian Daniel Martinez and numerous Pearl Harbor Survivors. The tour is also available in French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish. The Passport to Pearl Harbor includes the USS Arizona narrated boat tour plus general admission to the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park and the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.

Don’t Forget

The USS Arizona Memorial is the most visited site on Oahu, so don’t wait to book your tickets or to purchase the Passport to Pearl Harbor!

Pack lightly—the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center has strict security measures and prohibits bags. Cameras, cell phones, wallets and other similar personal items are allowed, but not if they are concealed in a purse, handbag, fanny pack, diaper bag or camera bag. You may stow your bags in the storage facility near the Visitor Center entrance for a $3 per-bag fee.

Also, Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. On December 7, only a limited number of tickets are available exclusively at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Ticket and Information Window.

Get Started

Visit the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites website and plan to visit all four, then book your tickets or purchase your Passport to Pearl Harbor as early as you can!