Planning your Pearl Harbor Tour
Tips for your Pearl Harbor tour, how to get tickets
You can purchase tours and tickets to the Bowfin, Missouri and Pacific Aviation Museums online for less than at the door. (Arizona Memorial is free, but you must get your ticket at the Visitor Center.)
Pearl Harbor Tours we recommend (pickup in Waikiki or the Honolulu International Airport):
Ticket purchase only:
If you plan to drive yourself, you can purchase tickets to the museums with the links above at a discounted rate. Tickets to the Arizona are free but must be picked up at the Arizona Visitor Center at Pearl Harbor. Tickets to the Bowfin Submarine Museum ($10 adult, $4 child) can be purchased at the door.
What You must bring to the Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Tours
Bring a valid government-issued photo ID. The Navy has increased its security checks to enter the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. All guests must have a legal form of identification to enter the USS Battleship Missouri, the Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Bowfin Submarine.
What to Wear to the Arizona Memorial:
Civilian: The minimum dress attire for the USS Arizona Memorial is footwear, shorts and shirt. Sandals and Flip Flops are permissible, but bathing suits or profane T-shirts are not allowed on-site.
Military: The minimum dress attire for military personnel is dress whites or better, or service equivalent. BDU’S are not allowed on the memorial.
What not to bring:
Security is tight, and just about everything is prohibited, including purses, handbags, fanny packs, backpacks, camera bags, diaper bags, luggage and/or other items that offer concealment. Visitors may bring a camera and cam-recorder. A storage facility where you can pay to have them store your bags ($3 fee) is available at the entrance to USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park. The storage facility is in operation daily 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors may use the same bag storage and parking stall for all three tours. Do not leave valuables in the car.
Pets are not permitted at the USS Arizona Memorial. Service animals are not considered pets and are allowed.
Strollers are allowed in the park visitor center, but not in the theatres or on the Navy water taxi. Strollers may be stowed at the visitor center front desk prior to program tours.
All museums are open seven days a week, 362 days per year. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
- USS Arizona Memorial (official website):
Visitor center hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
First program 8:00 a.m.
Last program 1:00 p.m.
Arrive early in the day to assure getting a free ticket to the memorial.
- Battleship USS Missouri Memorial and Museum:
Daily 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (September through May)
Daily 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (June through August)
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day
Ticket window closes earlier.
- Pacific Aviation Museum (official site):
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- USS Bowfin Submarine Museum:
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ticket window closes at 4:00 p.m.
The last tour of the submarine begins at 4:30 p.m.
Sequestration Update: Changes in USS Arizona Memorial Tour Schedule
Due to sequestration budget impacts, the National Park Service will delay filling key positions in Visitor Services. This will have an immediate impact on the hours of operation at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center and the number of tours offered daily to the USS Arizona Memorial.
Effective Wednesday March 6, 2013, the last public tour to the USS Arizona Memorial will be offered at 1:00 P.M. as opposed to 3:00 P.M. Regular program tours to the USS Arizona Memorial will take place from 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. and daily tickets remain available for those time frames on Recreation.gov in addition to tickets that are available for walk-in visitors on site.
The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center hours of operation will be between 7:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. as opposed to 5:00 P.M. The book store, snack shop, museums and audio tours remain available during visitor center hours. Access to the USS Bowfin Submarine, Pacific Aviation Museum and the USS Missouri Memorial will not be impacted.