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US Army Museum of Hawaii

2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
+1 808-955-9552
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Army Museum hidden gem

We stumbled upon the museum when we were walking the beach and came back a couple days later to go... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pine Island, Minnesota

Very interesting place to visit. Was quite busy on the day I went so felt a little cramped in... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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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.
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2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We stumbled upon the museum when we were walking the beach and came back a couple days later to go through it. There is no cost and it is one of the most interesting museums I have been to. My husband served in the Army...More

Thank lynmarwy
Reviewed 4 days ago

Very interesting place to visit. Was quite busy on the day I went so felt a little cramped in places. Some very good exhibits on display with informative notes.

Thank POM1272
Reviewed 4 days ago

Was surprised at all the things the museum had to offer. Located in the old Battery Waggoner it has models of the emplacement and you can walk through the entire battery and see how it functioned before it was decommissioned. Gives the history of the...More

Thank DWG1861
Reviewed 5 days ago

this museum is awesome . The entrance is free and you will be introduced to the weaponries used by the US Army during the world war. It is educating .

Thank AikenJoshAndrew
Reviewed 6 days ago

amazing museum built in a ww2 gun emplacement/fort constructed to defend pearl harbour. Easy walk from most places in Waikiki, and entry is free. Very informative and very well done and staffed by volunteers, a must see.

Thank cockyconan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum seems to be the actual Fort. It has so much information, models, actual items and pictures from the time the Fort went into service protecting the islands. Well worth walking through. Just take your time and take it all in. It is a...More

Thank Joe C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum showing the proud military heritage of the Hawaiian Islands from colonial days till now. Great exhibits on display. Well worth the visit if you are a military buff.

Thank Kirk R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I missed seeing this museum 30 years ago when it was closed on whatever day I was there. Almost missed it again, but glad I did not. A most interesting and history filled museum for people who are interested in more than just beaches and...More

Thank jsas4
HAMSExecDir, HAMS Executive Director at US Army Museum of Hawaii, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Mahalo for taking time to review the US Army Museum of Hawaii. There is parking available to the public directly across Kalia Rd from the museum. Partial validation for parking at a reduced rate is available at the welcome desk.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well set out history of Hawaii`s input to the military. Good exhibits well spread out. Plenty to look at spend at least two hours there,

Thank ianhb30
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Free and air conditioned . Was quite interesting with a few good exibits and upstairs where local medal winners were was interesting with stories about each one

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