PEARL HARBOR HISTORIC SITES (USS Arizona), HI
part ofWorld War II Valor in the Pacific, National Park Service
Overview:A visit to the USS Arizona Memorial is a solemn and sobering experience, even for those who were not alive when the attack occurred.
Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial remain top tourist destinations in Hawaii, welcoming over 1,500,000 visitors annually. The addition of the Battleship Missouri Memorial in 1999 and the opening of the Pacific Aviation Museum in 2006 have further enhanced the importance of this historic area.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, part of the newly-designated World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, is the primary portal for visitors coming to Pearl Harbor, open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Interpretive programs include a 23-minute documentary film about the attack and a boat trip to the USS Arizona Memorial. The programs begin at 8:00 a.m. and run throughout the day until the last program at 3:00 p.m. The visitor center is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Pearl Harbor Historic Sites
After entering the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, visitors may choose from a variety of tours. In addition to visiting the USS Arizona Memorial, they may walk to the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park to learn about subsurface warfare. Visitors may also choose to take the Ford Island Shuttle from the visitor center to reach the Battleship Missouri Memorial and the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Know Before You Go:Planning Your Visit
Can I still visit the Memorial if the on-line tickets are sold out? Yes, an average of 1,500 walk-in tickets will be available each day on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-in tickets are free.
Tickets must be picked up one hour prior to your tour. Unclaimed tickets will be reissued. Plan for traffic and allow time to find parking in one of the free parking lots located within walking distance of the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center.
In the event of an emergency or unexpected cancellation, we will do our best to rebook you at another time.
Bags are prohibited at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center due to strict security measures, so visitors are encouraged to pack lightly. 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. Although law enforcement and security bike patrols monitor the parking lots, do not leave items of value in your car. You may store your bags in the storage facility near the Visitor Center entrance for a nominal fee of $3 per bag. This facility is open daily from 6:30 am to 5:30 p.m.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center has reserved accessible parking in the front lot. The restrooms, theater, exhibit galleries, bookstore, information desks, drinking fountains, Navy shuttle boats, and USS Arizona Memorial are all fully-accessible to visitors in wheelchairs.
Walking the distance between facilities can be challenging for visitors with mobility issues, although there are several benches located throughout the visitor center to facilitate rest opportunities. Please note: The visitor center does not offer wheelchairs to the public.
For visitors with hearing impairments, the documentary shown in the theater is fully-captioned (in English).There is an induction loop for use with hearing aids. Visually-impaired visitors will find signage in braille in addition to tactile models of various interpretive resources throughout the site.
Visitors are reminded that they are visiting a site of tremendous loss of life in service to our country. Sandals are permissible, but bathing suits or profane T-shirts are discouraged.
For more details on how to plan your visit, please visit the official website: http:// www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit.
Getting There:For driving directions to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, please visit http:// www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit.
Mailing Address:1 Arizona Memorial Place
Honolulu HI 96818
Phone Number:Information: (808)422-3399