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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Neighbourhood: Waikiki
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Address: 2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
Phone Number:
+1 808-955-9552
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09:00 - 16:15
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 16:15
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on...

The Museum will be open from 9 am - noon on December 24, 2015 and closed on December 25, 2015 and January 1, 2016. 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. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 am - 4:15 pm. The Hawaii Army Society Museum Store (HAMS) closes at 4 pm. The Museum is free to all. Audio 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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Think we were here years ago but it must have expanded because we spent well over an hour and finally left because we were tired. It is Free.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Think we were here years ago but it must have expanded because we spent well over an hour and finally left because we were tired. It is Free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great military museum and would recommend it as one of your stops. Very informative about some of the history of the Hawaiin Islands.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This Museum was really interesting and I enjoyed learning more about the war history of Hawaii. You could easily spend hours here. My husband and I went back a second time to buy gifts from the Museum shop. I actually enjoyed this visit more than our visit to Pearl Harbor as it wasn't crowded.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is old fashioned and it is " hiding" very well close to the sea. Without the lonely planet pocket guide's recommendation I could easily missed it. It's free and offers deep information about Honolulu's history. It help you understand why is this city so important for the military. If it's rainy outside or too hot, perfect to stop... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Hawaii a lot of times and have always seemed to miss visiting this museum. This is worth spending a few hours wandering through and reading each section. Explains a lot to the Japanese Americans how they contributed to the war after the bombing of Pearl Harbour

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in as we were walking by and boy were we impressed! Very informative and neat to walk through the old fort.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sons wanted to visit so we took and hour to see it. Very interesting Hawaiian military history. It was free and easy to find.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We literally stumbled upon this museum as we were walking through the park from the beach. It was a great little find with free entry and lots of history to see. Even a cool helicopter on the top floor! If you are into military history then this is somewhere you should visit.

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Thank Natalie B
Waikiki, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum does not seem big but there are a lot of displaying, pictures and descriptions on the first floor. You can go up to the second floor to visit room for medal of Honor, gallery of heroes and see combat chopper and canon. I walked through all exhibits for about two hours. It is quite and comfortable pace to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum is really a hidden treasure. There is no cost to visit and the displays are very informative. I plan to visit it again before leaving. I want to revisit some of the exhibits and buy a few more momentos from the gift shop

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