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US Army Museum of Hawaii

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Neighbourhood: Waikiki
As featured in Birthday trip and 2 other guides
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Address: 2131 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
Phone Number:
+1 808-955-9552
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The museum and the museum store are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10 AM - 5...

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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Learn your history

An excellent military museum which should be of interest to all! It covers Hawaiian history, WWII history and history of the Pacific and operations in the pacific with great... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2016
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

An excellent military museum which should be of interest to all! It covers Hawaiian history, WWII history and history of the Pacific and operations in the pacific with great displays of historical information as well as weapons. It is right on Waikiki Beach on old Fort DeRussy. If you are in neighbor hood, GO. It is also free.

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Reviewed 6 January 2016

Excellent throughout, the dioramas are works of art and the building itself is very interesting. If you are interested in military history don't miss this museum.

Thank Ken M
Orange, Australia
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Reviewed 5 January 2016 via mobile

From the outside it is deceiving the size of this museum. There are several rooms within rooms and also an upper level. You can purchase headphones for a running commentary but it is not needed as there are many story boards to be read describing each incident. Very interesting and informative. Took many photos and as an Aussie there was... More 

Thank rechargedbat
Port Macquarie, Australia
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Reviewed 1 January 2016

The site provides details of military "development"in Hawaii; pre-settlement times, throughout history up until the Vietnam War. Particularly of the Hawaiian-based units.

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Saskatoon, Canada
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Reviewed 31 December 2015

Located in Fort DeRussy Park, this free (donations accepted) museum is awesome! And we're not museum people. It added to our visit to Pearl Harbour. We went only because we had four hours to kill between hotels, and were so glad that we visited. We went for the air conditioning and stayed for the wonderful and varied rooms of displays,... More 

1 Thank Daryl N
Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 31 December 2015

If you like military history, this is a great place to visit. Housed in an old fort, this museum has lots of exhibits from 19th century Hawaiian to WW2 weapons. Great static exhibits out front and on the roof. Certainly worth a visit and is so close to the centre of town.

Thank Andrew G
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Reviewed 30 December 2015

While the museum is fairly small, it provides good snapshots of Hawaiian military history with interesting artifacts. The person at the registration desk is very welcoming and audio tours are available. For the little ones, the tanks and cannon (which kids can touch) out front and the helicopter and missile/gun (roped off) on the roof provided a rare learning opportunity.... More 

Thank ToroFarm
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Reviewed 29 December 2015

Small museum. The biggest attraction for us are the volunteers, many of whom were part of the 100th Bn/442d Ing Bde. Wow!!!

Thank Carmela W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 20 December 2015 via mobile

This museum is just off Waikiki Beach, and it's free to go in. Definitely worth a visit. Please be respectful, and enjoy learning some military history.

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Townsville, Australia
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Reviewed 17 December 2015

This was unexpectedly a great visit. My husband wanted to visit. It was a great layout throughout the museum, very interesting and went from native warriors to present day.

Thank HelenMarie67

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