Pacific Aviation Museum
Look down as you walk into the museum… underfoot is an enormous full-color aerial photograph of Ford Island, Pearl Harbor and the surrounding communities.
A 10 minute film in the 200-seat theater documents the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and provides a nice orientation to the exhibits in the rest of the museum.
WWII-era airplanes are suspended from the hangar’s ceiling or are placed in realistic dioramas. Interesting stories and aircraft include a civilian plane that was surrounded and shot at by Japanese aircraft as they approached Pearl Harbor and a Japanese Zero that crash-landed on the Island of Niihau. A series of fascinating events unfold relating to this Japanese pilot and the residents of Niihau.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to “fly” and shoot down enemy aircraft in one of the museum’s six flight simulators.
The museum also has a café and a great gift shop that features “everything to do with aviation” and the December 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks.
To get to the Pacific Aviation Museum, you must take the shuttle located adjacent to the Arizona Memorial parking lot.
The museum is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00, closed Christmas, Thanksgiving & New Years Day.